Tart Cherry Syrup


Total Time: 50 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Yield: 1 cup
Level: Intermediate


  • 4 cups unsweetened Montmorency tart cherry juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar


This simple cherry syrup is so ridiculously easy to make, you don’t even have to stir. As it simmers, the Montmorency tart cherry flavor and color concentrate into a thick and brilliantly red syrup. Use it as the basis for your own fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt cups or add a few tablespoons to a glass of seltzer water for make homemade cherry soda. You can even drizzle it over pancakes and oatmeal to bring a bright burst of cherry flavor to the breakfast table.

In a 2-quart stainless steel pot, combine sugar and Montmorency tart cherry juice over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer, undisturbed, until reduced to 1 cup, about 45 minutes.

Pour into a glass jar and cool to room temperature; seal and refrigerate until needed (lasts for up to six months).


Recipe courtesy of Stella Parks