I have a love/hate relationship with cherries. I love them 99% of the time. They’re sometimes sweet and sometimes tangy and oftentimes both. They’re cute as heck. I mean come on, a darling little ball of fruit hanging from a stem, attached to one of the prettiest trees you’ve ever seen? You can’t beat that.
But then there’s that 1% of the time when I’m walking down the frozen foods aisle at Trader Joe’s…no big deal, just minding my own business on my way to the frozen berries…and I’m coming up on the ice cream selection but I’m not really craving anything so I’ll just keep moseying along towards the healthier foods when…BAM! Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip! Right in my face. Calling out to me.
“Nikki! Ooohhh Nikki! You could normally pass up dairy-free ice cream with chunks of chocolate but this time we’ve also thrown in giant pieces of thick, irresistible cherries into the mix and we know you can’t resist that! Come eat me!”
And I do. Almost every time. Stupid cherries and their deliciousness. They own me.
These cherries in the photo up above all of this rambling are my friends. They’re soaked in a wine/sugar/orange/cinnamon concoction that makes them perfect both on their own and as an ingredient in other dessert creations. They’re super simple to make and they’re so portable, you can take them anywhere.
Maybe on a boat?
Or a bike ride?
Or on a picnic?
Maybe to meet up with your pal, Mr. Raspberry Sorbet?
The possibilities are endless! This recipe is from Good Housekeeping and I didn’t change a thing.
Cherries in Red Wine
Recipe from Good Housekeeping
- 2 cups dry red wine
- 1/2 cup vegan refined sugar
- 2 strips of orange peel
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 1 1/2 pounds of cherries (the recipe says to use dark cherries but I think any kind would work)
Place all ingredients, except for the cherries, in a large pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature.
Once cool, transfer to a storage container, add in the cherries, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. I put mine in the fridge overnight and they were perfect.
Strain the cherries and save the wine to drink. Eat up! It’s that simple.