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Looking for some recipes to make cherries for Manhattans... Ran across this:
1 cup 100% cherry juice 1 tbsp cocoa powder 1 pcs cinnamon stick 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 tbsp sugar pinch of salt
Bring these ingredients to a boil in a small sauce pan. Allow to cool enough to fish out the cinnamon stick (or leave it in if you want more cinnamon influence).
1 pint Cherries
I used tart cherries because I like tart cherries, if you don't you might want to try sweet. Pit the cherries while the Chocolate Cherry Juice cools. Pack them into a wide-mouth one pint mason jar.
1 cup Bourbon or Rye (I used a 50-50 mixture of Buffalo Trace and Sazerac Rye) 1 splash of Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
Once the Chocolate Cherry Juice has cooled to below 160° or so add the spirits. Mix well and pour over the cherries. You will have too much, reserve the rest for topping up the jar after the Cherries start to absorb it. Store in the refrigerator, shaking occasionally.
These get better with time. I found that after a month the tartness had mellowed and the chocolate and cinnamon had a more subtle influence that integrated better with the other flavors.