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Cherries in Chianti

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  • 1/2 cups Chianti (substitute zinfandel or syrah)
  • 1/2 cups sparkling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 strips lemon zest
  • 3 strips orange zest
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound pitted cherries or substitute frozen or canned


Combine the first 7 ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the liquid until slightly thickened and reduced by half. About 15 minutes.

Add the cherries and continue cooking for another 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature before storing covered in the refrigerator. Serve at room temperature.


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