Cherry Cola Float

Chuck Hughes' recipe for a super sweet drink with homemade cherry syrup is a treat for kids and grown-ups alike.

Recipe courtesy Chuck Hughes
Show: Chuck's Day Off Episode: The Dishwasher
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 35 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 25 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 (1-liter) bottle cola or similar cola drink (Recommended: Coca Cola)
  • 2 cups fresh cherries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Vanilla ice cream, to garnish
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Directions

Pit all cherries, leaving a few whole for garnish.

In a saucepan, mix the cherries, sugar, and water. Bring heat to medium high and stir, slowly reducing the liquid. Skim the surface of the syrup once in a while.

Once the liquid has reached a syrup-like consistency, about 25 minutes, remove from heat. Set aside to cool for 1 hour. Put in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.

For serving: In a frosted mug, add a scoop of ice cream, pour 1 tablespoon of the cherry mixture and top with coke. Garnish with fresh whole cherries.

Cook's Note: For a drink, remove the vanilla ice cream and add a splash of spiced rum.

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