Sour Cherry Soda

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Combine this sour cherry soda syrup with carbonated water for a homemade, from-scratch drink that’s refreshing and fizzy.

Sour Cherry Soda

I cut diet soda out of my life a few years ago. Even though my single can a day could hardly be considered a habit, I knew I needed to be drinking water.

I went cold turkey doing my best to never look back.

When I occasionally find myself missing a bubbly beverage, I satisfy my craving with sparkling water.

Instead of using a pound of tart cherries for a pie, I made cherry syrup perfect for an ice cream topping or a flavoring for fizzy water when strained.

Only a couple spoonfuls and my plain drink took on a lovely ruby red hue.

This homemade sour cherry soda was sweet and refreshing on a sticky summer afternoon.

Sour Cherry Soda
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Sour Cherry Soda

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Combine this sour cherry soda syrup with carbonated water for a homemade, from-scratch drink that’s refreshing and fizzy.


  • 1 pound sour cherries, pitted
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Sparkling water for serving


  • Place the cherries in a large saucepan along with the lemon juice, sugar and water. Bring the mixture a boil and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes until it thickens into a syrupy consistency. Cool to room temperature before chilling in the refrigerator.
  • Strain the mixture and save the cherries for another use. Depending on your flavor preference, add the syrup to sparkling water.


Recipe makes 1/2 – 2/3 cup cherry syrup


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 824IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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