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
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.