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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Visinata Traditional Romanian Cherry Brandy

Visinata is a traditional Romanian brandy & a joy to make. I got very excited as I was fermenting it & now look forward to decanting it & off course tasting it.

1lb Cherries
8oz Sugar
1 bottle of Vodka

Put the washed cherries into a large jug or pot, preferable one with a lid. Do NOT remove the stones.
Add the sugar & stir through the cherries, very well, making sure they are all coated. Cover jug/pot with muslin cloth & lid, if the lid has a small hole, if not just the cloth but put elastic band round to give a seal.
Stir the fermenting mixture twice a day for two weeks making sure all cherries are coated. You will end up with lots of liquid in the pot.
After the two weeks add the bottle of vodka, or more if you have it. Stir well. Seal the lid I used electrical tape to seal the hole & sides of the lid. Now macerate for 3 months. Strain the liquid through a muslin cloth intop sterile bottle's.
Use the cherries in chocolates after, Mmmm


  1. Visinata is to die for!! I had a very dear friend that was from Romania, he was like a father to me, He would make Visinata every year and I would help him, he died in a tragic car accident and I had never written the recipe down. I have wanted to make this for years and was not positive on how so I never tried it. This is allmost completly as I remembered and I am going to make a big batch as he would this next year. He would make about 10 gallons and it would never last the till the next year. He would crush some of the Pits and and to the jars, he would put more in some than in others to give a differant tast. He would also use Pure grain alcohol insteed of Vodka.

    1. So pleased you can now make it :-) Crushing the pits gives a almondy flavour, lovely. Let me know how it turns out. Enjoy x