- Serves: 1 Batch
- Prep Time: 1.5 hours
- 1 lb. California Cherries, washed & pitted/stems removed
- 4 c. Bourbon Whiskey
- 1 c. Granulated Sugar
- 3-4 large strips Fresh Orange Zest
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 4 Whole Cloves
- 1 Whole Star Anise Pod
- 2 Sterile Quart Jars w/ Lids
Combine bourbon, sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise in medium saucepan over medium-low heat, and stir until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to nearly come to a simmer, then immediately remove from heat; allow syrup to infuse for 1 hour, then remove spices and zest.
Pack cherries into jars, trying not to bruise them, then pour bourbon syrup overtop to cover completely. Cover tightly with lid (seal completely, if using canning equipment), and store in the fridge for up to one year. Use these cherries in cocktails like a classic Old Fashioned, or try them as a boozy topping for grown-up sundaes!