Cherry Cola Float

Chuck Hughes’ recipe for a super sweet drink with homemade cherry syrup. A treat for kids and grown ups alike.

 Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Inactive Prep time: 1 hour
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Easy, Moderate, Complex


  • 1 liter bottle of coca-cola or similar cola drink
  • 2 cups of fresh cherries (500 ml)
  • 2 cups of sugar (500 ml)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • Vanilla ice cream to garnish


  1. Pit all cherries, leaving a few whole for garnish.
  2. In a saucepan, mix the cherries, sugar and water.  Bring heat to medium high and stir, slowly reducing the liquid.  Skim the surface of the syrup once in a while.
  3. Once liquid has reached a syrup-like consistency, about 25 minutes, remove from heat. Set aside to cool for 1 hour. Put in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.
  4. For serving: In a frosted mug, add a scoop of ice cream, pour 1 tablespoon of the cherry mixture and top with coke.  Garnish with fresh whole cherries.
  5. Note: For a drink, remove vanilla ice cream and add a splash of spiced rum.