Healthy Maraschino Cherries (Alcohol and Dye Free)
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Serves: 500ml
Fresh, juicy, and healthy Maraschino Cherries without the bleach, alcohol, dyes or refined sugars. Perfect in cocktails and raw desserts.
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup rapadura (raw cane sugar) or maple sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½-1 tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder (optional)
  • 5-10 drops Morello Cherry Medicine Flower Extract (optional)
  • 2 cups fresh cherries (washed and pitted)
  1. In a small saucepan combine the water and rapadura. Heat on a medium heat, whilst stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Set to one side and leave to cool to room temperature.
  2. Next add the rest of your ingredients, except for the cherries, and stir.
  3. Fill a 500ml mason jar with your fresh pitted cherries, leaving roughly around ¾" room from the top. Pack in the cherries gently but ensure that they fit together nice and tightly.
  4. Pour in your flavoured simple syrup, place the lid on, and give a gentle shake to dislodge any air bubbles. Place in the refrigerator and leave for 3 days to allow the flavour to absorb. You can store these in the refrigerator but they probably won't last that long!
*All cup measurements used are UK cup measurements and so 1 cup = 250ml.
Recipe by Greens of the Stone Age at