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Introduce Your Cocktails To This DIY Cherry Syrup's Charms

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Let's get down to business and whip up some killer cherry syrup. This isn't just your run-of-the-mill mixer; it's a secret weapon that'll seriously up your cocktail game. Whether you’re throwing a backyard bash or just mixing up a Friday night special, homemade cherry syrup is about to become the new intern in your bae that knows how to hold its own.

Cherry Picking: The Starting Line

Alright, first up, cherries. If you can get your hands on fresh ones, you're golden. Ripe, plump cherries are what you're after—think Bing or Rainier variants. We like a sustainably sourced kitchen, so hit your local stores or the farmer’s market to keep the recipe as wholesome as possible. But hey, if fresh cherries are playing hard to get, frozen ones can work just as well.

Picking cherries

The Nitty-Gritty

Now, you gotta pit those little cherries. No cherry pitter? No problem. Just grab a straw or the back of a small spoon and get to work. There are countless videos online where people show you the best ways to pit cherries—pick whichever suits your style and tools. Sure, it’s a bit messy, but it's kinda therapeutic.

Sweet Talk

Next, it's time to sweeten the cherries even more. Equal parts cherries to sugar—that's your sweet spot. This syrup holds the key to flavour so make sure to be patient with it.

Simmer Down

Pop your cherries and sugar into a pan, add just enough water to cover them, and bring it to a simmer. This is where patience pays off. Let it bubble gently for about 20 minutes. You’re coaxing all that sweet, cherry goodness out. Stir occasionally and watch as your kitchen starts smelling like a blooming cherry garden.

The Finishing Touch

Once your cherries have given their all, strain that ruby-red liquid through a fine-mesh sieve. Take it easy here—if you press or squeeze the cherries, you’ll cloud up your syrup. Let it cool, then stash it in a bottle or jar in the fridge.

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Now, The Main Event

Now for the best part—mixing it into drinks. Cherry syrup is like a party starter that can go along with just about any spirit. Craving a whiskey sour? Add a splash of cherry syrup to give it a unique, fresh flavour. Or drop it in your vodka soda for a fruity kick. It’s great with a Black and White Ginger Ale as well, for those who like to steer clear of alcohol. What’s even better? You can keep the kids entertained with a few dollops of this syrup on ice-cream or pancakes. It’s a game changer, guaranteed.

There you have it—your guide to making the best darn cherry syrup out there. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s going to make your cocktails the talk of the town.

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