black cherry syrup + fizz ed

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Staying hydrated in the summer heat is one of those obvious and important things to keep in mind. Water with a squeeze of lemon is good and all, but sometimes I want something different and… fizzy. Maybe something sweet. And fruity while we’re at it. Soda-esque.

Keep in mind that soda is not really my jam, like not at all. There’s a lot of crappy sugars¬†and other far-out scientific developments happening in those cans. Only two people in the whole world know the recipe for coke. I can’t even contemplate that level of secrecy INSIDE MY BODY. It’s weird. Completely weird.

I’ll gladly hand over the recipe for this fantastic black cherry syrup without pause. It’s pretty easy to throw together and if you buy frozen, pre-pitted cherries it’s even faster. Once it’s cooled, mix 2 tablespoons of the syrup with some carbonated water, a squeeze of lime and voila: you just made a wholesome and delicious little soda drink. This stuff is incredibly tasty on some thick, greek-style yogurt with some granola too. Or maybe a little swizzle in an old fashioned? You’re welcome.

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black cherry syrup
serves: makes about a cup
special equipment: A blender or food processor. Also, a cherry pitter makes life easier with this, but a paring knife will get the job done.
notes: I used sweet ones, but sour cherries would be so yummy here.

3/4lb sweet cherries, pitted
3/4 cup natural sugar
1/4 cup water

After you pit the cherries, mush them up a bit in the bowl to get the juices happening. Place the mashed cherries in a medium saucepan with the sugar and water, stir it a bit just to combine everything. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high then simmer for about 15 minutes or until it seems syrup-y.

Let the mixture cool and place the whole thing in a blender or food processor and puree as much as possible. Chunks in soda are… rustic for sure.

Store it in the fridge. I’m guessing this would keep for a couple weeks.

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  • Emily15/08/2011 - 11:23 pm

    I have so many cherries right now, I’m going to have to make this!

    Also, a (clean) bobby pin makes for some beautifully pitted cherries.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn24/07/2012 - 2:08 pm

    Love those cherries and everything cherry. I just made rhubarb syrup and have pondered which fruit will be my next. Now I know ;-)ReplyCancel

  • KATHLEEN01/07/2014 - 1:04 pm

    I have been adding my (excess) cherries to margaritas, but haven’t found a good, natural alternative to commercial margarita mix. I think this cherry syrup might just do the trick!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Backstedt21/04/2015 - 3:59 am

    The cherry fizz drink sounds great! Only you tell us how to make the syrup, but not the proportions of syrup to sparkling or soda water.

    1 tsp., 1 tbsp.? of cherry syrup to how much fizzy water of your choice, what?

    Thanks.

    DianeReplyCancel

  • Diane Backstedt21/04/2015 - 4:05 am

    I’m soooo sorry, if I had only read the third paragraph all the way through I would have found my answers. 2 tablespoons of syrup to whatever fizzy water I want.

    Black Cherrys are my favorite, my fondest memory with my family on our way to Napa, Ca was to stop at The Cherry Tree store for a bottle or two of their cherry juice.

    Thanks for the recipe and I can’t wait to try it.

    Diane BackstedtReplyCancel

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