A couple months ago, I decided to make make brandied cherries at home for use in Manhattans, Old-Fashioneds, and Treacles. After six weeks of maceration, they came out great. The “juice” is almost better than the cherries themselves, even though I used a very cheap brandy. I use it in place of simple syrup in all of these drinks.
Speaking of drinking, is everyone excited about “Mad Men” tonight? I’m worried it will get boring with Don Drape on the wagon, the same way “The Wire” got boring when Jimmy McNulty was on the wagon. There’s too much slack for Bunk/Roger Sterling to pick up.