Nicol’s Cherries are an under-21 version of my Real ‘Maraschino’ Cherries.
It just would not be right for the adults to enjoy a fancy cocktail with a cherry on top and none for the kids. I mean what kind of backwards world would that be? Kids LOVE cherries. Cherries atop 7-up, cherries in lemonade, and what ice cream sunday would be complete without a cherry and a bit of cherry juice on top?
See what I mean?
So after finish putting up my Real ‘Maraschino’ Cherries, I follow up with a minimum of 4 pints of Nicol’s Cherries.
Ingredients for 4 pints
8 cups pitted red sweet cherries
1-1/4 cup water
1-1/4 cup grape juice
1-1/4 cup sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
Sterilize your pint jars in a water bath while you are washing and pitting your cherries.
Prepare your syrup by combining the grape juice, water, and sugar into a medium pot and bring to a boil.
Pack your pitted cherries into sterilized jars. Two cups of cherries should fit into one pint jar.
Pour 1 tablespoon lemon juice into each jar.
Fill each jar with the grape juice syrup leaving a 1/2 inch head space. Carefully dislodge any air bubbles and wipe the rims. Place washed lids and bands on the jars and close finger tight (note: in 2014 Ball and Kerr changed their lid preparation instructions to include only washing in warm soapy water. Read the back of the box your lids came in and follow what is written as there may be some variation based on the brand and age of the lids.).
Process jars in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes.