8/17/12

2 Homemade Cherry Juice & Syrup


After trying OXO's cherry pitter, I decided to make cherry syrup.  It is so simple, so easy, and tastes great with a variety of foods.  Pour this on your pancakes, waffles, French toast, ice cream, or simply stir it in your favorite Coke drink.

All you need is one pound of dark sweet cherries, pitted and one cup of sugar...


Add 2 cups of water and stir.


Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer.


Simmer for 20 minutes and pour mixture through a fine sieve or strainer...


I like to use a rubber spatula to push the fruit against the strainer and get more juice.


Toss the skins.  At this point, you will have cherry juice!  Serve cold and drink it up.  It's good!


If you want a cherry syrup, all you need to do is put the juice back into the saucepan and simmer for another 20 minutes, or till it is reduced to half.  You will notice that it will darken and thicken.


Refrigerate until ready to use; it will keep for several weeks.

Stay tuned for a Cherry Lime Rickey recipe ... a cool refreshing drink that I'm sure you will love!


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Cherry Juice & Syrup 
Ingredients
1 pound dark sweet cherries, pitted
1 cup sugar
2 cups water

Instructions

In a small saucepan over high heat, combine ingredients and stir.  Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until mixture is reduced by half.
Pour mixture through a fine strainer, reserving the liquid and discarding the skins. This is your cherry juice.  For syrup, return to saucepan and simmer for another 20 min. until thickened and reduced by half.
Refrigerate the syrup until ready to use; it should keep for several weeks.
Add syrup to carbonated water, lime juice or lemonade for a refreshing drink or on French toast or ice cream. 
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