I can’t seem to resist fresh cherries, so I’m always looking for new ways to use them. This Cherry Lime Spritzer, made with a homemade cherry syrup, was a fun, refreshing way to use up an abundance of cherries. If you don’t have a cherry pitter, I highly recommend investing in one. You may not use it often, but when you do, you’ll be so glad to have it.
Fresh mint is the perfect garnish for this fruity drink. And you can definitely use plain sparkling water in place of the soda if you prefer something less sweet. Just keep the cherry syrup in the refrigerate and you’ll be ready to mix up a Cherry Lime Spritzer whenever the craving strikes!
Cherry Lime Spritzer
- 3 cups cherries, pitted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1-2 liters lemon-lime soda
- Lime wedges
- Fresh mint leaves
- In a small saucepan, bring the cherries, sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until cherries are very soft and have released their juices.
- Pour the cherry mixture through a mesh strainer and push down the back of a wooden spoon to extract the juice. Discard the solids. Place the cherry syrup in the freezer for 5 minutes to cool.
- For an 8 ounce serving, place about 3 tablespoons of cherry syrup in the bottom of a glass. Add one or two mint leaves and muddle with the back of a spoon. Squeeze in a teaspoon or so of lime juice.
- Fill the glass about 1/2 full with ice, then top off with lemon lime soda. Stir then garnish with additional mint leaves and lime wedges, if desired.