My son, the world traveler introduced me to this liqueur, known as Liqor de Ginja, after his first trip to Portugal — we think it tastes like cherry pie in a glass! what a lovely way to end a meal, or you can pour this liqueur over vanilla ice cream and WOW! I like to make a full batch, and bottle in smaller 375ml bottles to give as gifts. Of course, it’s always welcome!
sour cherry liqueur
- 2 pounds sour cherries, pitted
- 1 bottle Riesling wine
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 liter cherry vodka
Place cherries, wine sugar and cinnamon stick in a large pot. Stir well to combine. Heat over medium-high hat until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and allow to stand to come to room temperature, the stir in the vodka.
Pour liqueur into a large jar (I use a gallon pickle jar) or bottle it in individual bottles. Let the liqueur age for at least two weeks. I like to leave the cherries in, as they are a nice touch and can be served in the liqueur or as a garnish for ice cream, etc.
Makes about 1 gallon, including the cherries!