Cherry Simple Syrup is the perfect way to add fresh cherry flavor to your favorite summer drinks! I love adding it to cocktails, but you can also mix it with club soda for an easy homemade soda. Makes 8 servings.

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Who else loves cherries in the summertime?

I can’t say that I have tons of fond memories of eating cherries growing up, but I CAN say that cherry is one of my favorite flavors in the summer, especially when it comes to beverages.

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The easiest way to add unique flavor to traditional cocktails is with simple syrup. They are so easy to make and all you have to do is add your favorite fresh ingredients to make them your own. 

Here’s what you need to remember if you want to memorize this recipe…

It’s a 1:1 ratio. 

Cherries in a bowl photo

That means 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. 2 cups sugar? 2 cups water. And so on and so on. 

Pretty simple, am I right? All you do now is add in your favorite flavorings. Today, it’s all about the cherries!

You can transform an old fashioned into a cherry old fashioned with this simple syrup (and I like to use smoked orange bitters with it – SO GOOD). The humble vodka soda can use a dash of this tasty syrup to make it perfect for summer. Whatever you like to drink, whether it has alcohol or not, this cherry simple syrup will infuse it with fruity flavor!

Other yummy simple syrup recipes: Jalapeno Simple Syrup  | Strawberry Rhubarb Simple SyrupGinger Simple Syrup| Blueberry Thyme Simple Syrup

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this recipe’s must-haves

The syrup cooks in a saucepan and I like to use a wooden spoon to stir it all up as it cooks. 

I use a muddler to smash up the cherries before straining through a fine mesh sieve into the container I plan to store it in. A mason jar is perfect for storage if you don’t have syrup jars at the ready!

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we’re making cherry simple syrup!


Bring the sugar, water, and cherries to a summer over medium-high heat. Let the mixture cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes then remove from heat. 

Rest and Strain

Smash up the cherries in the pan with a muddler (or the back of a fork) and let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes. This allows the mixture to steep a bit to get extra flavor from the cherries. 

Strain the syrup into an airtight storage container (I recommend using glass!).


Cool the syrup down before placing in the refrigerator. This syrup can be stored for up to 3 months in the refrigerator!

Need some more inspiration for cocktail hour? Check out my booze recipe page!

Hand holding cherry soda in glass

can I use frozen cherries?

If you want to make this recipe and don’t have fresh cherries available, you can use frozen! Be sure to thaw them completely before draining and slicing them in half.

how do I make a non-alcoholic cherry soda?

Use 1 1/2 to 2 ounces cherry simple syrup with 6 ounces club soda to make your very own cherry soda. If you want, add a bit of vodka for the adults! 

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Cherry Simple Syrup

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Using fresh or frozen cherries, this simple syrup is an easy way to add fruity flavor to your favorite drinks!


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed, pitted cherries, sliced in half
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


    1. Heat sugar water and cherries in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
    2. Simmer 10 minutes then remove from heat.
    3. Smash up the cherries with a muddler or the back of a fork. Cover and let the syrup sit for 15 minutes.
    4. Strain and store in a sealed, glass container in the refrgierator.