Liquori Casalinghi (Cherry Liqueur)

READY IN: 20mins
YIELD: 1 Bottle


  • 1 12
    lbs ripe flavorful cherries
  • 1
    cup sugar, less 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 13
    cup water, plus
  • 1
    tablespoon water
  • 1 34
    cups grain alcohol or 1 3/4 cups vodka


  • You will need to crush the cherries along with their pits. I found it was easiest to use a heavy duty extra large zip lock, adding a handful of cherries at a time, and smash each cherry with a hammer. Be sure to crust the pit well. Push the pulp to the bottom of the bag and add the next handful.
  • Leave covered in a dark place for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, boil the water and add the sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  • Put cherry mixture in a fine muslin bag, or use a fine sieve, and squeeze the juice into a bowl.
  • Add the cherry juice to the sugar syrup mixture and set aside to cool.
  • Add alcohol to the cooled cherry syrup.
  • Pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid and place in a cool dark place for one week.
  • After one week, filter into a cool looking bottle, seal, and age it for at least six months before you pop the top.