Remember Dylan's new gadget - his cherry pitter?! Well, within 30 minutes of getting it, it was broken. Not quite sure if it was user error, or a defective pitter, but we exchanged it this morning and I put him to work this afternoon, pitting cherries for a dark cherry liqueur.
Little entrepreneur that he is, he asked how much I would pay him. Why should I pay you? "Because, Mom, I'm not going to get to enjoy what you're making. It has alcohol, right?" Fair enough. Three dollars.
3 C peeled, halved fruit - with the seed left intact on one half
2 C organic granulated sugar
3-1/2 C vodka
Mix everything together in a large glass canister and let the mixture age in a cool place for 4 months. Stir once a week or once every other week. The color will change to a deep red. This should be a fantastic addition to some Christmas baskets for friends. Cheers!