Cherry Mocktail

Cherry Mocktail

Cherry Mocktail


8 servings


  • 2 pounds frozen cherries
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 ounces vodka, (optional)
  • 8 cups shaved ice
  • Mint leaves , for garnish


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cherries, sugar, water, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

  2. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape the seeds out of the pod with the back of a knife. Add the seeds and the pod to the saucepan and stir to combine.

  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 10 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cool for 10 minutes. Remove and discard the vanilla bean pod.

  4. Pour the cherry mixture into a blender, and blend on high until the mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds. Refrigerate syrup until chilled, about 2 hours. The syrup can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  5. If adding vodka, pour it into the chilled cherry syrup and stir to combine.

  6. Place a cup of shaved ice in a serving dish, drizzle with ½ cup cherry syrup and garnish with a mint leaf. Repeat with desired servings.

* Recipes created for given quantity. Changes to quantities are for planning purposes only and have not been tested.