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Cherry Lime Syrup

Ingredients

  • 3 C Pitted and Halved Cherries
  • 1/4 C Water
  • 2 Persian Limes or 1 standard lime
  • 1-2 C Sugar

Instructions

  1. Bring the the 3 C of pitted and halved cherries and 1/4 C of water to a boil over medium heat, and then reduce the heat and simmer until the cherries soften and release their juice--about 5-10 minutes.

  2. Using a jelly bag and stand or old clean pillowcase tied to a cabinet know , strain the juice out of the berries. Allow juices to drain for at least 30 minutes or until the dripping stops, then squeeze the bag to release every bit. (note: wear clean rubber or plastic gloves unless you want red hands for a day!)

  3. Juice the limes and add to the cherry juice. Measure the juice and add the same amount of sugar. (ie 2 1/4 C of juice would have 2 1/4 C of sugar)

  4. Bring sugar/juice mixture to a boil while stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook for several minutes until the mixture becomes thicker and reduces a bit. (note-taste at this point--if you want more lime, add it)

  5. You may either can the syrup using 1/4 inch headspace and processing for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath, freeze for 6 months or refrigerate for 2 weeks.