Cherry Varenya

This Russian inspired cherry syrup will add a unique twist to your morning or afternoon tea.  Traditionally used to sweeten hot drinks, it can also be used to make an iced tea blend or play with some decadent cocktails.



1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 cup Italian Amarena Cherries

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice



1. Boil the water and sugar to make a simple sugar syrup.  When the liquid is clear, add the cherries and let it boil for a further 10 – 20 minutes until a thick syrup forms.  The time will depend on the thickness of the cherries and syrup to begin with.

2. Once boiled, add the lemon juice which will help preserve and brighten the syrup.


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