When you soak cherries in alcohol, the alcohol draws out the cherry flavor and aroma. This strong liquid is cherry extract, a common part of many dessert and drink recipes. Although you can buy cherry extract at the supermarket, making it from scratch is an easy kitchen project. Cherry extract will keep for months at a time, allowing you access to real cherry flavor even during the winter months.
Things You'll Need
Large glass jar with lid
Vodka or other clear liquor
Remove the stems and pits from your cherries.
Fill the jar three-quarters full with cherries.
Pour in vodka until the jar is full.
Seal jar. Store in a cool, dark place.
Allow to sit for two weeks.
Pour entire contents of jar into mixing bowl. The extract should smell very strongly of cherries. If not, allow to sit for another week and try again.
Wash the jar.
Pour liquid back into the jar, keeping cherries out with the strainer.
The extract should be clear. If it becomes cloudy or collects sediment, start the process over. Those could be signs of bacteria growing in your solution.