1kg/2lb ripe, sweet cherries
400ml/14fl oz good-quality brandy, such as an aged apple brandy
125g/4oz caster sugar
120ml/4fl oz water
Remove the stems, wash the cherries, and lay them out to dry on a clean cloth.
Pour the brandy into a small saucepan and add the sugar and water.
Heat gently to dissolve the sugar and warm the liquor.
Pack the cherries loosely into a large, sterilised jar.
Pour the brandy over the cherries, making sure the fruit is totally submerged in the alcohol.
Seal and store in a cool dark place for a week to allow the flavours to develop, then store in the fridge.
To serve, gently warm in a pan then spoon over vanilla ice-cream.