Homemade Cherry-Vanilla Soda
This DYI soda is sweet nostaglia (minus the refined sugar and fake flavors). Cherries are loaded with antioxidants, including vitamins A and C and using fresh vanilla bean imparts a deep, sensual flavor.
Yields: 6 servings
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3 cups 100% unsweetened black cherry juice
1 vanilla bean (about 6 inches long)
Seltzer or soda water
Place black cherry juice and vanilla bean in a medium-size saucepan. Cover and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes, until liquid has reduced to 1 cup. Remove from heat and let cool until comfortable to handle.
Remove vanilla bean and chill the syrup in a sealed glass jar in the fridge.
Per serving: 80 cal, 0 g fat, 18.5g carbs, 5 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 1 g protein
To serve, pour 1/4 cup syrup into a tall glass, top with 6 to 8 ounces chilled seltzer or soda water, and stir.
Store in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.