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!
Cherry Juice & Syrup
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