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Neon-red cherries need not apply

Photography By Tara Simpson | February 16, 2017
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"People get pretty excited about naughty jam," says Sara Pishva, owner of Top Shelf Preserves, referring to her popular alcohol-infused preserves — whisky-orange marmalade, blueberry and gin and sour cherry and rose jam. Known for her rhubarb raisin chutney, pickled beets and molasses baked beans, it seems Pishva also has a knack for boozy fruit. Her version of maraschino cherries contains all of the good stuff unlike the neon-red, killer-sweet maraschino cherries commonly stocked on store shelves. The tiny jar holds a whopping 40 pitted, Ontario sour cherries, cooked in their own juice to enhance their natural flavour — topped up with cherry liqueur for the boozy finish. Pishva enjoys them in desserts, and perhaps best of all, in a glass of The Moonroom's French 75 cocktail.

Top Shelf Preserves | 613.371.2789

Find it at: Pot & Pantry, Goods Shop, Seed to Sausage General Store, The Piggy Market

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