A lifecycle of sour cherries

Our little cherry tree produced a bumper crop this year. Many are in the freezer, to be made into pies, crisps and crumbles at a later time. Some are in the process of making Vișinată, which is sour cherry liqueur. We learned about it from friends who visited Romania and it has become an annual treat every since. There are several approaches to making the liqueur, this recipe from Homebrew Underground is the one we use. If that recipe link doesn’t work, see Liqueurweb’s version, instead. The main difference with the second one is they suggest stirring it, which we have never done.

1. Blossoms

1. Blossoms

2. Cherries ripening on the tree.

2. Cherries ripening on the tree.

3. Picked and ready to pit.

3. Picked and ready to pit.

4. Vișinată

4. Vișinată in production

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