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Russian Sour-Cherry Vodka
2 LBS Morello cherries (fresh or frozen)
1 C sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 tsp. nutmeg
3 C vodka
Large glass jar with lid
Wash and pit cherries, also removing stems. Cut cherries in half and then crush using a pestle. Place crushed cherries in a large jar with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Seal the jar and store for three to five days in a dark, dry place (such as a kitchen cupboard or food pantry). Add the vodka, reseal and shake well. Store for another five days. Strain liquid through cheesecloth and pour into a beverage container or bottle until ready to serve.
Note: Scientifically known as Prunus cerasus, Morello Cherries are sour with dark skin, flesh and juice. According to Wikipedia, they are "native to much of Europe and southwest Asia. Morello Cherries are closely related to the wild cherry, but has a fruit that is more acidic. There are two varieties of the sour cherry: the dark-red morello cherry and the lighter-red amarelle cherry." Morello Cherries are often available during season or frozen in grocery markets.
*Recipe derived from Rus-Cuisine and New York Magazine.
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