These are terrifically easy and delicious, and besides topping drinks, they make a great snack before board meetings...just kidding! Use any cheap brown liquor you have laying around...dark rum, bourbon, brandy...and get to work! (I would avoid particularly smoky whiskeys or scotches as the flavor will be weird, but you probably want to keep that stuff for sipping anyway.)
1 1/5 cups dark rum, bourbon, etc.
1/3 cup white sugar (maybe a little less if you're using a sweet liquor like brandy)
2 cups pitted dark cherries
Bring the rum and sugar to boil in a small saucepan, whisking to completely dissolve the sugar. Turn off heat and leave it for about 15 minutes while you pit this cherries. I don't have a fool proof method for this, but I tend to favor a chopstick. The guy in this tutorial is also adorbs. Stuff your cherries into a jar, pour the liquid over the top to cover, and twist the lid on tight. Will keep in the fridge for about a month, if they last that long. If you have any leftover rum syrup, use it to make last week's banana daiquiris!
Now, what are you going to do with them? May I suggest two classics?
(I'll Take) Manhattan
makes 1 drink
2 oz. rye whiskey
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
dash Angostura bitters
Put 2-3 cubes of ice into a cocktail shaker. Add bitters, vermouth, and bourbon and shake. Strain into a martini glass and sink a cherry or two in there.
Makes 1 drink
2 dashes Angostura bitters 1
Place sugar cube in old fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, add a dash of plain water. Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice, and a cherry.