1 cup sugar
3 whole cloves
2 -2 inch piece cinnamon stick
5 cardamom pods
1 quart sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted
½ cup Cognac or other aged brandy.
1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and spices with a cup of water.
2. Bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves.
3. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Turn off heat and add cherries and brandy to pot.
5. Let cool, then store mixture in a jar in refrigerator for at least 2 days before eating, and up to several months.