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Technique of the Week: Cherry Soda Syrup

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I’m back with another soda syrup and this one’s for the Mister–he loves anything involving cherries.  My in-laws live in the fruit-growing capital of Washington, so each year we acquire pounds upon pounds of cherries that need to be consumed.  Poor us, right?  After a while, though, it’s easy to get cherry-ed out, so I start looking for alternate ways to use them and making a cherry soda syrup was met with excitement.  In fact, the Mister was so thrilled about the prospect of cherry soda, he pitted all the cherries for me to speed me on my way.


Here’s the recipe below.  Click on the image to get an easier-to-print page instead of writing it down.  The technique is quite simple and one of the best parts of this particular recipe is that once you strain the syrup you get a bowl of sticky, squishy cooked cherries that are perfect for adding to the soda or putting on ice cream or yogurt.  Yum.

Technique of the Week: Cherry Soda Syrup

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 cups syrup

Technique of the Week: Cherry Soda Syrup


  • 1 pound Bing cherries (or other red variety)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (optional)


  • 1. Wash and pit cherries. Place fruit in a medium saucepan with water and sugar.
  • 2. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • 3. Once at a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for thirty minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 4. Remove syrup from heat and strain into a heat-proof container. Gently press on the cherries in the strainer to extract extra liquid, then reserve the cherries—they are sticky and sweet and delicious—to use as garnish for cherry soda or as an ice cream topping.
  • 5. Add the vanilla to the syrup if using, then cool to room temperature before covering and chilling.
  • 6. To make cherry soda: fill a pitcher with 4 cups cold carbonated water and gently stir in 1/2 cup cherry syrup. Taste and add more syrup if necessary, then garnish with fresh cherries or the reserved cooked cherries.

I have noticed during the last week or so that cherries are always on sale at the grocer and I don’t know if that’s just here because we have a glut of those juicy red gems, or if that’s everywhere, but keep an eye out for cherry sales now that summer is coming to a close and make this cherry soda syrup for cheap.

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Do you like fruit-flavored sodas?  What about fruit flavors added to colas?



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