Very good recipe! We ended up using more like 4 TBS per cup of soda for more cherry flavor, but otherwise it's a neat drink for a special occasion! Kids and adults alike loved it! Serve with lime wedges to bump up the lime flavor.
Homemade Cherry Soda
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
- 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
- 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.
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