Everyone loves cherries, but they can amount to a lot of work when you have to get the pit out of every one you have. There's an easier, less messy way to enjoy the taste of cherries, and it doesn't take long at all.
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We're going to look at how to make cherry juice.
Wash and pit all the cherries. Put the cleaned cherries and the sugar in a large saucepan. Cover, and let sit at room temperature for two hours.
Add water. Mix until the sugar is dissolved into the mixture.
Move the pan to the stove, and bring the mixture to a boil. After simmering for 15 minutes, stain the liquid part of the mixture into another saucepan. Be sure to press all the moisture from the cherries before discarding them.
When you continue to simmer the liquid you've just strained from the solid remnants of the cherries, the liquid will begin to thicken. Continue to boil until it's the consistency of maple syrup. Once it has thickened, remove the pan from the stove and let it sit at room temperature to cool. Once cool, transfer it to a sealed container and store in the refrigerator.
The syrup forms the base of your cherry juice. The final product is formed from a spoonful or two in a glass of sparkling water. You might have to experiment to get the right ratios of syrup to water, but once you begin to experiment you'll find it easy to adjust the amounts to individual tastes.