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Homemade Maraschino Cherries in Syrup

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This Delicious Homemade Maraschino Cherry Recipe is so easy, yummy and perfect for drinks and toppings, you’ll never want to use the store bought stuff again!

Homemade Maraschino Cherries

I love kitchen gadgets!  One we use quite often is the Sodastream I bought last year.  (I just looked it up on Amazon and the Sodastream is on sale for $54.99 right now.) I absolutely love it for making homemade soda.  I don’t particularly care for the Sodastream brand beverage flavors, though I did notice they have a new line of “Naturals” that I am interested in trying.

For the most part, to flavor my soda, I use homemade syrup or fresh fruit.  (Sometimes for myself I’ll use the flavored water enhancers.)  Hands down, my favorite addition to our drinks is this Homemade Maraschino Cherry Syrup!

how to make maraschino cherries

It’s so easy to make.  A couple of ingredients and a few minutes over the stove will reward you with these yummy homemade maraschino cherries and delicious syrup.  (This cherry pitter is next on my kitchen gadget wish list!)

easy cherry syrup

Of course, the kiddos love it too.  (Add ginger ale and a squirt of lime juice and you have a homemade Shirley Temple!)

Homemade Maraschino Cherries in Syrup


  • 1/2 cup pomegranate or cherry juice (whatever is easier to find)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • fresh orange zest  (use carrot peeler and cut a couple of strips)
  • 1 pound of pitted fresh or frozen cherries (I use frozen)


1.  Mix liquids, sugar and orange zest in saucepan. Add cherries and bring mixture to boil.
2. Reduce heat and allow mixture to simmer and thicken slightly.

To make a Cherry Soda, add ice to glass, spoon a couple of cherries over ice and a few tablespoonfuls of cherry syrup.  (To taste.)  Top with your favorite Soda.

Tip:  If you want a thicker syrup to use for toppings, add a half teaspoon of cornstarch right before the mixture begins to boil (diluting it in a bit of water 1st) the mixture and mash a few of the cherries.
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  1. Is the above ingredients for one jar of cherries in syrup? I have tons of cherries to do something with and this is defiantly on the list !!

    Thank you!

    1. It’s been awhile since I made this, but I think I filled 3.5 8 oz mason jars with this recipe.

  2. Elisa Claire North says:

    Great recipe, we love cherries and I can't wait to try this. Thank you!

  3. we have a soda stream that we never use. we don't like the taste of the bottled stuff either. how do you flavor yours/

    1. Kids like fruit juice and homemade syrups, (this recipe is pretty basic, just replace the cherries with something else. Also that double chocolate cream soda recipe I linked to uses the soda stream. For me when I want calorie free, I use the dasani and crystal light water enhancer dtops. I know some people say you shouldn't use them, but I'm not worried to use them in moderation.

    2. Ok. Great. So you just replace the soda stream drink with some other flavoring? never thought of doing that.

  4. Debbi Crane says:

    I know its 3 years later…but the turquoise wrap cardi from Feb 2012….you didn't do an edge finish…how did it hold up? I happen to have 3 yards of that very fabric in my stash that I bought specifically for a cardi and I found your tute on Pinterest

    1. Hi Debbi, the cardi has held up well. Knits dont fray, and of course I wear it several times between washings, and wash on a gentle cycle and generally only dry it for a few minutes to knock out the wrinkles before draping it on my drying rack to dry. (I pretty much so this for all my items.)