Homemade Cherry Soda
is delicious, refreshing and so very easy to make.
Since cherries are loaded with ‘good for you’ nutrients, making homemade cherry soda can be “a good thing”.
I have leftover cherries from the Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe I made last week, why not engage the boys in a little soda making project.
They were definitely ‘all in’ for this #kidsinthekitchen homemade cherry soda recipe.
Just to be clear with this recipe – it’s definitely not rocket science. You can find dozens of recipes just with a click of a button on google or Pinterest.
Today, I’m just sharing our simple easy recipe you can make with the kids anytime you have a handful of cherries left over. The kids will love helping and as always at the end of the cooking project they will definitely enjoy drinking their homemade cherry soda.
Anything cold and not full of sugary sweetness is great to serve on a hot summer day. Fill a glass with ice cold soda, sit back on your favorite lounge chair and quench your thirst with a homemade cherry soda.
All you need is a cup of pitted cherries, sugar, water and a bottle of club soda. Save a few cherries to add to each glass. No worries about the sugar, you can use your preferred sweetener.
Just an FYI, though I’m sure you know, each bunch of cherries will have a different level of sweetness and some may not have a rich cherry taste. Taste your simple syrup and you’ll be able to judge how much to add to your club soda. I would suggest tasting for sweetness as you go.
As noted above I used fresh cherries. I do not have a cherry pitter so I sliced the cherries away from the pits, very easy to do. You can use frozen cherries if you wish but you might need to add more sugar. This recipe is a taste as you go recipe because the sweetness of the fruit is unpredictable.
- 1 cup of fresh cherries, pitted and cut in chunks
- 2-4 tbls. of sugar (I used Monkfruit)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ cup of filtered water
- 1 bottle of club soda, keep chilled
- Place the cut up cherries, sugar, vanilla and water in a saucepan. Heat the cherry mixture, stirring until the sugar melts and cook 10 minutes on a gentle simmer.
- Remove from the heat and strain the liquid into a bowl or jar, setting aside to cool.
- Place some of the cooked cherries in a blender to puree - this is optional. Doing this is my personal choice. The boys like to puree the fruit and it also adds additional nutrients to the soda.
- Have plenty of ice ready and when the simple syrup is cooled, takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the climate, you can refrigerate it to speed up the chilling.
- Add half the syrup to a pitcher and then slowly add in the club soda. Tasting as you go to be sure you have a rich cherry soda flavor.
Garnish with a slice of lemon and you can squeeze a little lemon juice in the soda. The adults liked the lemon, the kids chose not to add it.
Enjoy the fruits of the season and make your own homemade treats in the kitchen with the kids. They learn so much and they will more than likely taste something they normally would not even consider eating.