Inspired by Brookelynn and Becky! blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/08/brandied_cocktail_cher… I simmered up some water, raw sugar, cinnamon bark, lemon juice, and vanilla.
Added cherries (I left the pits in out of laziness and in hope that some of that almond flavor will be imparted), simmered another five minutes.
Then bottled the cherries in the syrupy juice and added brandy. In a day they should be ready, but I added one to a Manhattan tonight and loved it.