What to do with cherry liquid?
I candied several cups of of frozen sour cherries and ended up with a lot of extra liquid. I didn't have time to cook it down because I was in a rush so I just strained the cherries out and used them. Now I have a quart of bright red 'cherry juice' that I have no idea what to do with. I can't bear to throw anything away and usually can figure out how to use anything, but I'm really at a loss on this one. Other than cooking it down and turning it into a syrup, any ideas?
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Gastrique is the first thing that comes to mind...with balsamic or red wine vinegar.
Or a chipotle cherry barbecue sauce..? As a marinade and/or sauce.
Or a glaze for duck...with soy, mirin and ginger...schezuan peppercorns?
Even a simple vinaigrette would be good (for salads, grains or veg. sides). Tarragon is a great accompaniment to cherries.
Alternately, you could make ice cubes, and then put those in your cocktails.