|From Mrs. F. A. Hagen, Atlantic St., Plymouth, Mass.|
6 pounds cherries (as I couldn't get either wild or sour cherries, I used black cherries)
2 fifths whiskey (Berkshire Mountain Distillery NE Corn Whiskey)
3/4 lb. white sugar (down from one pound, as the cherries were sweet)
1/2 c. water (a gill)
Cherry Bounce, Part I
|After four weeks...|
|Clear liquor poured off to set aside.|
|Pitted the cherries and cracked them.|
|Putting the cherries through the food mill.|
The cherries. I did try mashing them by hand, but not enough juice was extracted. This was laborious, but it worked well. I also added a tablespoon of the sugar in order to get more juice from the cherries.
|Allowing the cherries and pits (in separate jelly bags) to drain. An hour or so.|
1. Pour off the clear liquor; set aside.
2. Pit cherries; add 1 tbl. sugar. Put through food mill. Scoop into jelly bag.
3. Crack pits in mortar and pestal. Place in a different jelly bag.
4. Pits at the bottom of strainer, cherries on top. Allow to drain until most of the liquid seems to be out. Save cherries for jam or other use.
Dissolve the remaining 3/4 pound of sugar in the half cup of water and bring to a boil. Stir in the drained juices and the reserved clear liquor. Bottle and let stand at least several weeks.
|Just a little too much to fit into the bottles...no problem!|