My friend Nico gave me a bottle of Grappa for my 50th birthday with the promise I only drink it with him. Sadly, he passed away before we could enjoy that tipple together so I decided to use the grappa to make a few jars of drunken cherries.
Dave and I have a nightly ritual. He cuts up crudités and I pour us a drink. Usually that is a single malt whisky but in winter when the fire is on it could be red wine. And in summer our preference is for something long and cold while sitting in the pool. Over December I drank far more than I usually do. We had pre-dinner drinks, wine with our meal and some nights a liqueur or Port. I decided that I would jump onto the wagon for the first three weeks of January. Not only to give my liver a break, but also to try and drop the weight I gained over our holiday. Because I don’t have a need to drink, I found this extremely easy. I drank tonic water or ginger beer when Dave had a beer while we cooled down in the pool.
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I must say that I felt no different from not having had a drink for 21 days. The reason it was so short was because like all good Scots, we celebrate Burns Night. This is always done at our house on the Saturday closest to the actual date. And there was no reason for me to not drink and enjoy a wee dram with friends. As an aside, I also did not drop the weight I had gained. For the entire time I was not drinking I was snacking. And my training did not increase to its usual levels as it was far too hot to be in the gym in the afternoons. If you drink, have you ever done an alcohol free period? If so, how long did you do it for, and why?
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- 250 mls water
- 210 g fructose
- 1 quill cinnamon
- 500 g cherries
- Grappa to fill your jars
- Place the water and fructose into a saucepan and bring to a boil over a medium to high temperature, stirring until the fructose dissolves
- Once boiling, add the cinnamon and boil for 2 minutes
- Set aside to cool while you prick each cherry 5 times with a needle or pin
- Place the cherries into a sterilized glass jar (or jars if you want to give some away as gifts) *
- Pour the simple syrup ¾ of the way up the jar and top with grappa
- Seal and leave for at least 4 weeks for the alcohol to infuse the cherries **
** these are not suitable for children!
Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime January 31:
- 2021: The Coast-to-Coast Murders
- 2020: Pickled Mushrooms
- 2018: Rojaal
- 2013: Mixed Berry Jam With Ginger And Lime
- 2012: Turnip And Spinach Soup
- 2011: Sofia’s at Morgenster