A sparkling, thick and icy cherry punch.
2 cups cherry juice blend
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups frozen unsweetened tart cherries
1 (6-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, undiluted
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 bottle (2 liters) lemon-lime carbonated beverage, chilled
- Combine cherry juice blend and sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and mixture boils. Reduce heat; simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In electric blender or food processor container, combine cherries, orange juice concentrate and lemon juice. Blend 1 minute, or until cherries are puréed.
- In a 6-cup freezer container, combine cherry mixture and sugar mixture; mix well. Cover tightly; freeze 5 hours or overnight.
- Remove cherry mixture from freezer 30 minutes before serving. Put 1/4 cup slush in each glass; add 1/2 cup carbonated beverage to each glass. Serve immediately. Freeze remaining slush for later use.
Makes 16 (3/4 cup) servings.
Note: 1 (16-ounce) can unsweetened tart cherries, drained, can be substituted for frozen cherries.
Recipe provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.