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.