Spiced Cherry-Vanilla Soda

Spiced Cherry-Vanilla (1)

What’s summer without a cool, refreshing drink?

Cherry-Vanilla

Try this sweet and spicy libation.

Cherry clove2

Cherries

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 drops natural clove oil or ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorn
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1¼ cup cherries, halved and pitted
  • sparkling soda

Peppercorn

Brown sugar

Cherry vanilla syrup

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, bring water, brown sugar, and cloves to a boil. Add peppercorn, cinnamon stick, vanillas, almond extract, and cherries. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove from heat, strain, and allow mixture to cool. Note: mixture should resemble syrup.

Fill 8 ounce glass with ice cubes. Add 2 tablespoons of syrup, and top with sparkling soda.

Refrigerate remaining syrup in a closed container for up to 2 weeks.

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