1.Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan. Stir over low heat, until sugar dissolves. Add cherries. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes or until cherries are tender.
2.Using a slotted spoon, transfer cherries from the liquid to a bowl. Boil the cherry liquid, uncovered, about 10 minutes, or until syrup thickens slightly. Set aside.
3.Meanwhile, coarsely chop half the cherries. Combine the chopped cherries in small bowl with vodka and extra sugar. Stand 10 minutes. Drain, discard liquid.
4.Remove ice-cream from the freezer. Stand 10 minutes, or until softened slightly. Transfer to large bowl. Gently fold in chopped cherries, chocolate and almonds. Spread mixture into lined 14cm x 21cm loaf pan. Cover, freeze overnight.
5.Wipe the base and sides of the loaf pan with warm cloth; turn ice-cream out. Serve ice-cream sliced with remaining whole cherries and syrup.
Vodka will help to prevent the cherries becoming icy when frozen.Note