Created by yours truly as the garnish for a drink for a Havana Club cocktail competition which I didn't even compete in.
- ½ cup soft demerara sugar
- ½ cup water
- 50ml fresh lemon juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- Half a scored vanilla pod
- 1 pound sweet pitted cherries (Bing)
- 1 cup aged rum
Wash and pit cherries. In a saucepan, combine all ingredients except the cherries and rum and bring to the boil. When liquid begins to boil, reduce heat to a light simmer, add cherries and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add rum and cool immediately. Transfer cooled cherries and liquid to clean glass jars and refrigerate.