Cherry Simple Syrup

1 cup
25 min

Cherry Simple Syrup is one of the easiest ways to preserve fresh cherries during the summer months. It’s quick and easy to make, plus, it’s beautiful to serve, and it’s so flavorful!

Recently, I was in the grocery store shopping, and because it’s summer, the produce department was packed with these beautiful, vibrant cherries. My first thought seeing them was- how can I use these beauties to make a fantastic cocktail?

The thought of being able to sip and enjoy a cocktail as you wind down after a long summer day sounds so relaxing. I don’t know about you, but I could use some relaxing! This recipe not only works for cocktails but can be used to create refreshing, tasty non-alcoholic options as well!

I love cherries and am always looking for a reason to use them. That, combined with the fact this recipe is so easy, makes it the perfect reason to get them!


It’s so easy to make and only uses four ingredients. Yes, four ingredients!

There are so many ways that this recipe can be used. You can add it to your iced tea, lemonade, make a cocktail (or mocktail), and it also makes a great Cherry Soda.

Anything this easy and versatile is a win!



Whatever type of cherries you can find in the grocery store are good for making simple syrup. You can also use frozen cherries.

Also, an added benefit…it’s not necessary to remove the cherry pits when making this simple syrup.


Adding 1 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice is optional.


1 Cup


Use granulated sugar for this recipe.


  • You’ll first start by cutting your cherries in half. Removing the pits is optional.
  • Next, in a small saucepan, add 1 lb. cherries, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, and 1 cup water.
  • Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and press the cherries with the back of a spoon to help them release all their juices.
  • Pour the syrup into a mason jar or any glass jar. It’s important to know; the syrup will stain Tupperware.
  • Let sit until the syrup comes to room temperature before storing in the refrigerator.

How to Store Cherry Simple Syrup

You can store your Cherry Simple Syrup in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. Chances are you’ll use it all well before then because it’s so good, but it will keep for up to that long in the refrigerator.

How to use Cherry Simple Syrup

Here’s the fun part! Let’s talk about a few of the many ways that you can use this Cherry Simple Syrup!

  1. Create cherry soda by adding the syrup to club soda.
  2. Pour over pancakes or waffles.
  3. Drizzle over ice cream.
  4. Add 1/2 – 1 ounce to a large glass of lemonade to make your own designer lemonade.
  5. This simple syrup creates beautiful and delicious cocktails or mocktails. A Cherry Whiskey Sour is one of my all-time favorite cocktails!

What would you add it to? Tell me in the comments!


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Recipe details
  • 1  cup
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • ▢ 1 lb. Cherries
  • ▢ 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • ▢ 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice optional
  • ▢ 1 cup water

In a small sauce pan add 1 lb cherries cut in half, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice and 1 cup water.
Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and press the cherries with the back of a spoon to help them release all the juices.
Pour the syrup into an airtight container.
Store in the regrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
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  • Love your style! Will give this a try. I found beautiful cherries on sale for $1.49 per pound and bought way more than I can eat fresh. I have several mason jars filled with pitted cherries and vodka and several more with brandy. Love cherry anything! Thanks for sharing. 🍒🍒🍒

  • Joanna Joanna on Aug 27, 2021

    I am going to try this but will pit the cherries and use the pulp too for something - mixed in yogurt maybe or on top of icecream with some of the syrup.