From cocktails to old-fashioned soda, there are many reasons why you would want to use fresh cherry syrup in a drink recipe. It’s a flavor that’s heavy with fruitiness, but light enough to keep you from feeling too bogged down. It reminds us of our childhood – those days when you went to the cherry orchard with your family to pluck cherries by the bucket.
With your teeth stained red with cherry juice, you couldn’t help but smile as you enjoyed such a fun and natural activity in the orchard. By learning how to make flavored syrup, you can bottle some of the freshness that cherries have to offer and infuse them into any drink recipe you desire.
Let’s face it: very few people take the time to make anything from scratch anymore, so let’s learn how to make flavored syrup together. For fresh cherry syrup, you will need:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup cherries (pitted)
- ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ oz. grenadine
To make cherry syrup for any drink recipe, add the first three ingredients to a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and allow to sit for approximately 2 hours, allowing the cherry flavor to infuse into the water. Strain the solid ingredients from the liquid once finished.
Next, add the remaining three ingredients and stir to combine. Unless you’re using the cherry syrup immediately, be sure to add ½ oz. of vodka to keep the syrup fresh. As you master how to make flavored syrup, you can tinker with the recipe to get the perfect flavor that you desire.
Of course, if you don’t have the time or simply want to take advantage of the highest quality ingredients available, you can always use Amoretti Premium Cherry Syrup to enhance any drink recipe.
Red Ruth Cocktail Recipe
What good would it be to learn how to make flavored syrup and not use it in a drink recipe? Ingredients for the Red Ruth Cocktail include:
- 2 oz. gin
- 2 oz. grapefruit juice
- ¾ oz. homemade cherry syrup (or Amoretti Premium Cherry Syrup)
- 2 drops of bitters
Pour into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously, pouring the finished drink into a cocktail glass. Whether you decide to make homemade cherry syrup or use Amoretti Premium Cherry Syrup (ours is made from the real stuff too!), you’ll enjoy a classic, quality flavor.