Cherry Stone Wine

My sour cherries (visine) are just ripening – perfect timing to find this recipe, then. Thanks to Rachel.

a “Pits of the World” Wimbledon wine cocktail


I’ve read John McEnroe’s autobiography “Serious” and in it he details the simple pleasure of chopping up breakfast fruit for his kids. I like to think he would welcome the simple frugality of this seasonal wine cooler and pour it over fresh fruit and sup it in the commentary box. Now the mercury has tipped towards 40C we cant get enough of it here.  Its refreshing, the leaves give it a kind of tangy astringency and the stones make it taste like a summery version of “visinata”. Here is how this came into being…

Firstly there was a lot of sour cherry jam making going on…


which meant a surfeit of cherry stones…or pits if you is American. That bothered me. I don’t like throwing food away.  Then the ladies told me about Romanian pickles flavoured with cherry leaves. Then I thought…

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About Arabella McIntyre-Brown

I'm a writer from West Sussex is southern England, but after 30 years of urban life in London and Liverpool, I now live in a remote village 1,000 metres up in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. My first book in Romania was published in November 2016: "Din Liverpool in Carpati: cum mi-am gasit fericirea în inima Transilvaniei". The English version, 'A stake in Transylvania' is out soon. I've also written (so far) four bilingual (En/Ro) children's books.

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