To pit your cherries, turn them sideways, that way you will retain the stem. A CHERRY PITTER works perfectly, and is well worth having around.
Layer the cherries along with the whole spices in a glass jar, or jars. If you are giving the cherries as a gift, you may want to position the spices along the outside so they can be seen. Fill 3/4 of the way with whiskey, and top off with the kirschwasser, if using. Make sure all the cherries are submerged.
Cover the jars tightly and refrigerate. As long as the cherries are submerged in the liquid they will last up to 6 weeks.
I recommend storing brandied cherries in the fridge or canning them in a water bath for about 10 minutes, increasing that time at higher elevations.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/its-5-oclock-somewhere-friday-holiday-spiced-cocktail-cherries/ December 6, 2013