It’s hot, hot, hot outside! And I absolutely love it. We Midwesterners are used to drastic temperatures. I am pretty sure we can have an hour long conversation about the differing conditions. It is no secret that Minnesota is known for its massive amounts of snow and utterly cold temperatures in the winter and beyond. A little over three months ago we were hit with a massive snowstorm and thought that spring would never find its way. Back then I could only dream of temperatures that would allow me to step outside without snow pants, boots, and winter coat. Because I love summertime (don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate all seasons… can’t wait for pumpkin-themed-everything to get here), I am planning on soaking up every ray of sunshine as long as I possibly can, I decided to make you a drink today!
Cherry Vanilla Soda to be exact! Do you say soda or pop? Most people here refer to it as pop, but I preferred Soda for the title. Call it whatever you may, this Soda or Pop is so simple to prepare and extremely delicious.
It only takes four ingredients to whip up this refreshing drink. It’s perfect for the whole family and leaves room for your own creativity. I used cherry juice for this version, but feel free to swap for any juice you’d like… grape, blueberry, raspberry. The list could go on and on.
Looking at these pictures makes me thirsty for more. I simply couldn’t believe how easy it is to make your own soda with the help of a delicious syrup that will easily last you for two weeks, unless you’re anything like me. In that case, it will approximately stay in your fridge for 24 hours.
If you are sweltering just as much as we do, you will feel instantly better after enjoying 1, 2 or 3 of these!
- 3/4 cup cherry juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1.Combine cherry juice, sugar, and water in a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for about 20 minutes, until syrupy. Stir in vanilla and let cool.
- 2. Add two tablespoons of syrup to a glass, fill with ice and add seltzer. Store leftover syrup in fridge for up to 2 weeks.