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, about 10 minutes or until cherries are tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cherries to a bowl. Boil cherry liquid, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly.
2.Meanwhile, coarsely chop half the cherries. Combine chopped cherries in small bowl with vodka and extra sugar; stand 10 minutes. Drain, discard liquid.
3.Remove ice-cream from freezer; stand 10 minutes or until softened slightly. Transfer to large bowl; gently fold in chopped cherries, chocolate and almonds.
4.Line 14cm x 21cm loaf pan with plastic wrap. Spread mixture into pan; cover, freeze overnight.
5.Wipe base and sides of pan with a warm cloth; turn ice-cream out onto serving plate.
6.Slice ice-cream; serve with remaining cherries and syrup.
The vodka will help to prevent the cherries becoming too hard and icy when frozen. You can omit it, if preferred.Note