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Cherry Simple Syrup Recipe

Our cherry simple syrup recipe is the perfect way to add a ton of cherry flavoring to any drink. Try adding it to your favorite cocktails and sodas.

Over the last few weeks Kim and I have been focused on creating drink syrups for the webiste.

With Summer coming on, we want to share some simple syrups that anyone can make and use to create tasty, bubbly drinks.

We already have a blueberry simple syrup, peach syrup, and a raspberry simple syrup. Today, we’re adding our cherry simple syrup for drinks.

The cherry simple syrup in a bottle surrounded by lemons halves.
Don’t be afraid to save, wash, and reuse old bottles to store your ingredients.

If you’re looking for an unflavored drink syrup, then don’t forget that we also have a regular simple syrup for drinks.

Now, you might be wondering, what can I do with all these different flavored syrups? Well, I’m glad you asked!

How do you use cherry syrup?

You can use it for a number of things. In fact, you can substitute our cherry simple syrup in most recipes that call for cherry flavoring like a cherry limeade or cherry limeade slush for instance.

From cocktails like a cherry bourbon smash or pink lady to regular drinks like a cherry-vanilla soda are perfect candidates for this syrup.

Additionally, cherry flavored fillings and frostings use syrups like this one.

Try combining softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and our syrup to create a cherry cream cheese frosting!

How to make a cherry simple syrup?

First, gather the ingredients. Don’t worry about thawing the cherries, we balanced the recipe to work with frozen fruit.

Next, place the frozen cherries, water, sugar, and lemon juice into a medium saucepan. Place the pan over low to medium heat.

Cherries, water, sugar, a lemon juice in a saucepan.
Thawing out the cherries isn’t needed, toss them into the pan while frozen.

After that, bring the mixture to a simmer and stir the ingredients until the sugar completely dissolves.

Now, using a potato masher or a wooden spoon, smash the cherries down a little. Then, let the liquid simmer for 8 to 10-minutes.

This will allow everything to cook down and concentrate the intense cherry flavoring. Once it’s cooked down, remove the pan from the heat.

The mashed fruit has cooked down and ready to strain.
Smashing the fruit will help add more flavor to the syrup.

Let the syrup cool for about 15-minutes before you begin straining the out the fruit. Kim poured the mixture through a mesh sieve.

However, if you don’t have one, I recommend using a strainer. All your doing is separating the fruit from the liquid.

The syrup being strained into a glass measuring cup.
Strain the mixture to remove all the fruit pieces.

Last, when the cherry simple syrup has been strained, pour it into a container with a lid (like a mason jar).

Store it in your fridge for up to a week and use it to flavor any food or drink that calls for cherry flavoring. Best of all, it also works pretty well as a flavored food coloring.

Just something to keep in mind. That’s it, the recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂

The finished syrup stored in a decorative milk bottle.
The fresh lemon juice adds a nice crisp tartness to the syrup.
The finished syrup stored in a decorative milk bottle.

Cherry Simple Syrup Recipe

4.7 from 23 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Times: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

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  • 16 ounces cherries frozen, pitted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice freshly squeezed


  • Place the cherries, sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low-medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Use a wooden spoon or potato masher to smash the cherries as they cook. Allow the mixture to continue to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until the fruit has broken down.
    16 ounces cherries
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup water
    1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Remove from heat, and allow the mixture to cool for 10 to 15 minutes or longer if desired. Pour the mixture through a mesh sieve to remove the fruit pieces.
  • Use the cherry syrup to flavor sodas, alcohol based drinks, or as a drizzle for desserts. Store the leftover in the refrigerator for up to a week.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2-ounces of the cherry simple syrup. Actual calories will vary.
*Doubling or tripling this recipe has not been tested. Therefore, we can not guarantee the outcome of adjusting the ingredients.


Serving: 2Ounces | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Sandra Scheyen

Thursday 15th of December 2022

Hi. I have steam juicer. How much juice would you need to make this recipie? Thanks


Friday 16th of December 2022

Good morning Sandra, that's an interesting question. I did a little research and my best guess is about 10-12 ounces of juice. Then you would add the sugar (optional) and and lemon juice. After that, cook down the mixture for about 5 minutes to dissolve the sugar. Last, let it cool and transfer it to your storage container. Store the juice in your fridge. Now, I've never used steamed cherry juice, so I'm not 100% certain these instructions will produce the best syrup. Please let us know how it turns out. Have a lovely day :)


Saturday 20th of August 2022

This makes a delicious cherry soda. I used fresh cherries rather than frozen. (The most work was the pitting.) You can also save the fruit solids in a separate jar to use as preserves on bread or biscuits.


Saturday 20th of August 2022

Thanks so much, Heather! We also love to use simple syrups for homemade sodas. Saving the fruit solids was a great idea, and I bet it will be amazing on biscuits. Have a fantastic weekend! :)

Carol Jonovic

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Making cherry syrup now. Do you think I could use cherry left over in a jello


Saturday 29th of May 2021

Hi Carol!

We haven't tried, but that could work! It sounds tasty.


Monday 27th of July 2020

This syrup looks fresh and delicious! But only 1 week shelf-life. Is there a way to make simple syrups so they have a longer shelf life? I Was hoping to make drink syrups for Gift in small bottles.


Thursday 28th of July 2022

@Vicki, I've heard adding vodka can help extend fridge life!


Thursday 20th of January 2022

@Sheri, I am planning to freeze some since I won't use it all up. I made a low-cal version using Monkfruit. Looking forward to a bourbon cocktail!


Tuesday 25th of May 2021

Maybe it could be frozen?


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Good Morning Vicki, that's a great question. Kim and I talked about this one and even looked at store-bought syrups. The store-bought versions have much longer shelf lives due to the preservatives added to the syrups. Since ours is made fresh, it doesn't last as long. Unfortunately, we have no way of extending the syrup's shelf life because we don't access to commercial additives and chemicals that will extend the life of a product. Sorry, I couldn't be more helpful. Have a lovely day :)