Poor Man's Kirsch (Alternately: Redneck Kirsch)

July 27, 2011

Author Notes: Moonshine + cherries pretty much encompasses it. I wanted to preserve sour cherries in something that had a really high proof and little flavor. Having no vodka on hand, I turned to my husband's stash of white lightening.Hilarybee

Makes: about a quart


  • 700 milliliters Grain Alcohol (variously known as moonshine, white lightening, kentucky death, bath tub mash etc)
  • 1/4 cup Super Fine Cane Sugar
  • 2-21/2 cups Sour Cherries, Pitted


  1. Combine the pitted cherries and the sugar in a non-reactive mixing bowl. Allow to macerate for about an hour.
  2. Drain off any excess liquid from the cherries. Combine the cherries with the booze in a large mason jar- but you could use several small jars or another vessel of your choice.
  3. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place. If the goal is boozy cherries, don't let the mixture sit more than a week. But if you let them go for longer, the liqueur will take on a deep cherry flavor.

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Author Comment
Hilarybee July 30, 2011
Moonshine is highly underrated in my humble opinion. It makes the best limoncello (or any cello, for that matter- I made kumquatcello with it last year and it was great!) I live pretty close to Kentucky and it's not that hard to slip over the border and get my white lightening fix.
Sagegreen July 27, 2011
Moonshine! How cool.