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Poor Man's Kirsch (Alternately: Redneck Kirsch)

July 27, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Makes About a Quart
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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  • Marlin Greschnokowikz
    Marlin Greschnokowikz
  • Hilarybee
  • Sagegreen
Dedicated locavore. I spend my weekends on the back roads (often lost!) looking for the best ingredients Ohio has to offer. I am often accompanied by my husband, Mr. Radar and our dog, Buddy. Born in West Virginia, raised in Michigan, I moved to Ohio for college and have lived there on and off since. I love to meet farmers and local producers. Cooking is an extension of this love. You can follow my move from government analyst to cottage industrialist and view the food I cook for my personal mad scientist on thistleconfections.com

3 Reviews

Marlin G. December 20, 2020
Hilarybee it's been 9 yrs is it ready yet??
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.