Finding a chokecherry connection in Poland

Blanche Chapman

During my years in California, I was fortunate enough to have a friend who had grown up in Poland. He migrated to the United States, married, had a family and was a professor of sociology at Santa Clara University.

Shortly after I met Witold, I gave him some chokecherry jelly that my aunt Lucille in Hobson had sent me. He was amazed. Chokecherries grow in Poland, and he had not seen any since he had left Poland in the late 1940s!  

Witold told us they made liqueur from chokecherries and offered to show me how it is made. It couldn’t be more simple.


Chokecherry Liqueur

You will need a 1-quart mason jar with lid and ring

1/2 cup sugar

1 quart of vodka

1 cup chokecherries, slightly crushed

Place chokecherries in jar, add sugar, fill the rest of the jar with vodka, fit lid and ring on jar and place in a cool place for at least one month. During the first two weeks, shake jar occasionally making sure that the sugar dissolves.  

How easy is that?

You may also be interested to know that the Art Center will be making their version of chokecherry liquor (called Chokecherry Bump) on Aug. 14, for the Chamber of Commerce and Aug. 16, for Social Night. Call the Art Center at 535-8278 for more details. Enjoy, and we hope to see you at the Chokecherry Festival on Sept. 9.


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