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Cherryade recipe
Cherryade recipe
  • Makes: 700ml (over 1pt) before diluting

  • Prep time:

    (plus 2hrs standing time)
  • Total time:

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Do you remember fizzy cherryade as a child? This one's tangy, refreshing, tastes much better than a shop-bought cherry drink and doesn't contain any nasties.

Ingredients

  • 225g (8oz) fresh, ripe cherries
  • 600ml (1pt) boiling water
  • 1 lime (or try an orange or mandarin, but not lemon, which is too sharp), peeled and 1/4 juiced
  • 50g (1 ¾oz) caster sugar
  • Sparkling water, to dilute

You could also use tinned cherries in fruit juice. Buy a 425g tin of pitted cherries and 4 tbsp of the juice. However, fresh cherries are best.

Method

  1. Wash the cherries carefully and remove all stalks. Chop each one in half and remove the stones. Put the fruit in a big bowl and bruise them slightly with the back of a metal spoon to get the juices flowing.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the cherries and stir.
  3. Peel the lime, and quarter it. Add a couple of strips of peel and the juice of 1/4 to the cherries.
  4. Add the sugar and stir until it is dissolved. Cover and leave for 2 hours.
  5. Strain.
  6. Add cold sparkling water to dilute to your own taste.
  7. The cherry base may be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to use.
  8. Fancy an alcoholic long cherry cocktail? Add a splash of good cognac to each glass of the cherry base before topping up with just a little sparkling water and garnish with a twist of lime peel (not suitable for people under 18 years old).



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