I was cleaning out my freezer recently and realized I had gone a teeny bit overboard freezing cherries last summer. I was also trying to think of a fun red drink to make for Valentine’s day, so it worked out well. 🙂
I love lime in.. pretty much anything… but you could leave the lime out for a plain cherry soda. I love the addition of the bright citrus though. If you want the drink on the sweeter side, serve with soda, or if you want it on the tarter side, serve with seltzer water. I liked it both ways. 🙂
CHERRY LIME SODA (AKA Love Potion)
4 cups sweet cherries, halved and pitted (frozen or fresh)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup lime juice
seltzer water or lemon-lime soda for serving
Place the cherries, sugar, and water in a medium pot on medium high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, until the cherries break down, mashing with a potato masher if needed.
Puree mixture in a blender then strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. You should have just over 2 cups. Discard pulp.
Stir in the lime juice and cool completely.
To serve, pour over ice and add seltzer water or soda.
(I liked it about 1 part syrup to 2 parts soda).