Combine all of the ingredients into a medium saucepan and give it a quick stir.
Place over medium-high heat and allow to come to a low (small bubbles) simmer, while stirring occasionally.
Once at a simmer, cook for 8-10 minutes, until all the sugar has dissolved and the cherries have softened.
Remove from the heat and let stand five minutes.
Next, smash the cherries in the pan with a potato masher and then strain over a sieve set over a medium sized bowl.
Allow to cool completely. Transfer to a covered container (I like using an old jam jar) and chill.
Keeps for 7-10 days.