Toss 1 pound pitted cherries, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 strips lemon zest and the juice of 1/2 lemon in a skillet. Cover and cook until the sugar dissolves, 4 minutes; uncover and cook until juicy, 2 more minutes. Carefully add 1/3 cup rum; ignite and let it burn until the flame dies out. Spoon over ice cream.
Photograph by Antonis Achilleos