My friend, Lori, over at Fake Food Free posted a picture on her instagram recently of bourbon and cherries. I loved the idea so much that I started playing around with bourbon and cherries myself.
I had some cherries that were a little bruised and a little soft that needed used up. I decided to try and make a simple syrup with them that can be used to flavor drinks.
The result is a glorious red colored simple syrup that can be used in everything from mixed drinks to flavoring seltzer water.
Andrea’s Cherry Simple Syrup
- 1/2C Water
- 1/2C Natural Cane Sugar (Can use palm sugar or honey here)
- 1/2 pound Cherries, pits and stems removed
In a medium sized sauce pot add the sugar and water. Over medium heat bring up to a simmer and stir until the sugar is dissolved into the water. Then add the cherries, simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat but leave pot on the burner.
Allow the mixture to cool for about 5-7 minutes. Pour entire mixture into a blender and blend until smooth.
Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the syrup into a glass jar or bottle.
Shake before using. Will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. Makes 1 Cup of syrup.
I love the color of this syrup! Feel free to switch up the fruits, you can do this with blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries as well!
We’ve been using this in mixed drinks with bourbon and also making some cherry lime margaritas. It’s really easy to make and will be a hit in your household!
You can also keep it kid friendly by adding it to plain or lime seltzer for a little fun treat.
Have fun guys, and remember, always play with your food! Enjoy!