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Homemade Cherry Soda

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Yield Makes 16 servings
Sipping on Homemade Cherry Soda on a game day is absolute bliss. For a finishing touch, serve this sweet, juicy libation  over ice in a mason jar.

Ingredients

  • 2 (12-oz.) packages frozen dark, sweet pitted cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups Demerara sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup liquid from jarred maraschino cherries
  • Club soda

How to Make It

  1. Bring cherries, Demerara sugar, and water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or until cherries are tender. Let stand 30 minutes. Press mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, using back of a spoon to squeeze out juices; discard pulp. Stir in lime juice and liquid from jarred maraschino cherries. Chill 2 to 24 hours. Stir together 3 Tbsp. cherry mixture and 1 cup club soda for each serving. Serve over ice in 16-oz. glasses.