Dried cherries will last longer than fresh cherries in your pantry. When you're ready to use them for baking, you should rehydrate them for the most flavor. Plan ahead as best results occur when you can soak your dried cherries overnight to rehydrate them. Using cherry liquor or added sugar are optional but they give more flavor to your dried cherries.
Bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar completely dissolves.
Remove the syrup from the heat and stir in the cherry liquor and dried cherries.
Soak the cherries in the refrigerator overnight if possible or for a minimum of one hour.
Drain any remaining liquid before using the rehydrated cherries in a recipe.