How to Infuse Vodka With Cherry

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Nothing plays up basic, boring vodka like a fruity element. By infusing your vodka with cherries, you will take your liquor from a basic mixer to something that can be enjoyed on its own or in a simple mixed drink.

Things You'll Need

  • Vodka
  • 4 pints of cherries
  • Resealable glass container
  • Coffee strainer
  • Purchase your vodka. This recipe calls for a 750-ml bottle of vodka, so if you use a larger bottle, be sure to add more cherries during the infusion process.

  • Choose 4 pints of cherries. The best cherry-infused vodka is made with real, in-season cherries. In the United States, cherries are typically picked from May until August, with the peak season in June. If you are unable to buy your cherries from a farm, you can buy them in the grocery store at the same time for similarly delicious results.

  • Find a resealable glass container in which to infuse your vodka. A wide-mouthed container, such as a jar for canning fruit, will work well. Whichever container you choose, make sure you have enough room to stir the mixture thoroughly.

  • Prepare your mixture. First, remove the stems and pits from the cherries. Pour the bottle of vodka and cherries into the container and mix. Allow the mixture to sit in a warm, dry place for several days. Stir the mixture three times a day.

  • Test your vodka after 2 days in the jar to get a feel for how much longer it needs to completely infuse. The best way to test the vodka is straight, without any mixers.

  • Pour the mixture through a coffee strainer to remove the cherries and serve your vodka. If you want to serve your cherry vodka in a mixed drink, visit Drinks Mixer for a few recipe ideas (see Resources below). If the cherries you used to infuse the vodka with still taste good, use them as drink garnishes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to choose a quality vodka like Skyy or Belvedere so you create the smoothest infused vodka possible. If you only have a cheaper vodka available, run it through a Brita water filter first to remove some of the impurities.
  • Some of the best cherries to make infused vodka with are Rainiers, Bings and yellow-red Royal Anns.
  • Don't let air into your cherry vodka infusion except for when you're testing it. Extra air will hamper the infusion process.
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