Cherry-Basil Soda

For a long time, I hated cherries. Perhaps it was due to an unfortunate maraschino ruining a perfectly good ice cream sundae, or just one lick of a dreaded cherry lollipop when I was expecting strawberry, but as a young girl I detested the things. Of course, I hadn’t tasted real cherries.

A few years ago I finally tasted sweet cherries for the first time, and it was love at first bite. They remind me of tiny little plums, bursting with juice that’s a perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Yesterday I learned a neat trick for pitting cherries, and I just have to share it with you. After removing the stem, I used a closed star frosting tip (Wilton 27 to be exact) to push the pit out the bottom of the cherry. So much easier than trying to use a knife!

Using a frosting tip to pit cherries

Using a frosting tip to pit cherries

Using a frosting tip to pit cherries

Armed with an abundance of cherries and a quick and easy way to remove their pits, I set out to make something light and refreshing: cherry-basil soda. It’s the perfect way to welcome summer!

Fresh cherries!

Cherry-basil soda


Cherry-Basil Soda

  • 2 cups fresh cherries, rinsed and pitted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 8 basil leaves, chopped
  • sparkling water or club soda

Combine the cherries, sugar, and basil in a bowl and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Using a blender or food processor, blend the cherry mixture (including the syrup at the bottom of the bowl) until smooth. Pour through a fine mesh sieve and discard the remaining pulp.

Mix cherry syrup with sparkling water to taste. (I like to use 1 oz. syrup for every 5 oz. sparkling water.)

Makes approximately 12-16 oz. syrup.

Source: Slightly adapted from Gluten-Free Girl.

3 thoughts on “Cherry-Basil Soda

  1. I know another easy method: Place entire cherry into mouth. Bite down with front teeth, taking care to keep cherry juice from running between lips (unless outside, of course). Use tongue to separate pit from cherry. Swallow cherry (but not the pit). With careful aim and all the energy you can muster, spit the pit from mouth and remember, like in golf, both distance and accuracy are important. Enjoy!

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