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Fresh Cherry Juice for the Sangria

This simple recipe for the cherry juice makes all the difference in the world. Strain the juice and add it to the sangria, and take the cooled whole pitted cherries and use as a garnish or add to the pitcher.

Course Drinks
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword cherry
Author Mary Papoulias-Platis


  • 1 pound fresh pitted cherries (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 juice fresh lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  1. In a medium saucepan add the cherries, sugar, lemon juice and water. Bring to a boil, the simmer for about 10 minutes.

  2. Skim with a spoon any froth from the top of the cherries as they cook. Discard.

  3. With a slotted spoon, remove the cherries and set aside. Cool. Add to the sangria or use as a garnish for the glasses. 

  4. Continue cooking the syrup until slightly thickened. Cool and add to the sangria.