Recipe: Cherry-Vanilla Soda Syrup

updated May 1, 2019
Cherry-Vanilla Soda Syrup
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This syrup was inspired by a drink at Vena’s Fizz House in Portland, Maine, which is an amazing emporium of handcrafted cocktails and mocktails made with in-house syrups and bitters. Made with just a few ingredients, this is the cherry soda you’ve always dreamed of, with just a hint of velvety oomph from a whole vanilla bean.

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Stir it into plain seltzer for a just-sweet-enough soda, or go crazy and make homemade Cherry Coke (or Pepsi, if that’s your thing). You can even add a splash of bourbon or rum for a grown-up beverage.

You’ll be able to supply a party’s worth of homemade soda with a single batch of syrup, but should you have any left over, it also makes a great mix-in for sno cones. Just sayin’.

(Image credit: Casey Barber)

Cherry-Vanilla Soda Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Nutritional Info


  • 1 pound

    sweet cherried, pitted and halved (about 3 cups)

  • 3/4 cup


  • 1

    vanilla bean, seeds scraped

  • 2 cups


  • 1 liter

    seltzer, lemon-lime soda, Coke, or Pepsi


  1. Stir the cherries, sugar, vanilla bean pod and its seeds, and water together in a medium high-sided saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes.

  2. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a heat-proof lidded container like a Mason jar. Cool to room temperature or refrigerate until cold.

  3. To serve, stir 2 tablespoons syrup into each 8-ounce glass of seltzer or soda, then add more if you prefer.

Recipe Notes

Syrup can be made up to 1 week ahead. Refrigerate until ready to serve.