Preserved Cherries 

  • 1 pound sweet cherries, pitted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup maraschino or other cherry liqueur

Combine everything but the cherries and the liqueur in a saucepan and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat and add the cherries. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and add the liqueur. When cool enough to handle, transfer cherries and liquid to clean jars and refrigerate, uncovered, until cool. Cover tightly and refrigerate up to two weeks.