You may recall a few weeks back I made some cola syrup to flavour carbonated water. It was a big hit and was used up before I knew it. Seriously it was a case of gone in sixty seconds.
Luckily I had a little experiment with some of before it all vanished. With Australian cherries now in season I had the idea to make my own cherry cola popsicles.
There are many things I love about summer, but making popsicles and ice cream is a major one.
I really did believe that the aromatics of the homemade cola would go well with cherries. And guess what, it did! Now I understand where that horrid cherry coke originated from. Homemade cherry cola is a great flavour combination.
Once you have made your cola syrup it is a case of poaching fresh cherries in some of the syrup. It really couldn’t be simpler. It is then a case of straining the cherries from the syrup, these go into your popsicles. You won’t need all the syrup, which is fine as it also makes fantastic syrup for drinks. Both non alcoholic and alcoholic. Yes I played around.
- 380 grams pitted cherries, fresh
- ¾ cup cola syrup
- 1 cup water
- Place all ingredients in a small heavy based saucepan. Gently simmer for 15 minutes and then remove the saucepan from the heat. Leave to the side to cool.
- Once syrup has cooled strain syrup into a clean airtight container. Your syrup to water ratio factor will depend on how sweet you want your popsicles. I’m not going to give you exact measurements, as everyone’s popsicle moulds are different sizes.
- Mix up your desired amount of liquid to turn into popsicles to the flavour strength you want. Just remember that you will be using the cherries as well.
- Place cherries in your popsicle moulds, then pour over liquid. Poke paddle pop sticks or sticks that came with your moulds into place. Freeze.
There is so much to love about these popsicles, let’s start with the colour. A brilliant red, which has been achieved by all natural means, no artificial colouring used, it’s all from those gorgeous cherries. Then there are the chunks of cherry throughout the popsicle. You can’t really see them, but they are a wonderful textural surprise when you bite in.
Lastly, and the best bit by far, is that you can’t buy this flavour in the Australian shops. It is a unusual and tasty flavour that you have made all by yourself.
If you have any popsicle flavour suggestions, please feel free to share. I will be making some more before summer finishes, and you never know, one of the flavours that I make may be your suggestion.