Sour Cherry Italian Cream Sodas
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Serves: 2
 
You can totally make these with sweet cherries! I would reduce the sugar by a tablespoon or two and add a little extra lime juice for some extra zing.
Ingredients
  • for the cherry syrup:
  • 1 cup pitted sour cherries (I used frozen)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • juice of ½ large lime
  • for the sodas:
  • ½ cup sour cherry syrup
  • 1 cup unflavored sparkling water
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream or half & half
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan combine the sour cherries and sugar, heat over medium-high and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar and boil 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice. Pour into a jar to cool.
  2. Once the syrup is cooled pour about ¼ cup of the syrup and a few cherries (more or less depending on your preference) into 2 glasses. Add a generous amount of ice and nearly fill each glass with sparkling water. Top each soda with about 1½ tablespoons of cream. Add a straw and enjoy!
Notes
This makes 1 heaping cup of cherries in syrup, store any leftovers in a lidded jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.

You can either just use the syrup for the sodas or use both syrup and cherries. I like to fish the cherries out with my straw and eat them at the end. But, any leftover cherries are great to save and use as a topping over ice cream!
Recipe by hungrygirlporvida.com at http://www.hungrygirlporvida.com/blog/2015/09/02/sour-cherry-italian-cream-sodas/