Cherry Limeade Concentrate
Makes 6-8 pints or 3 quarts of canned concentrate
6 cups cherries, stemmed and pitted
4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice*
6 cups sugar
In a food processor, blender or bullet puree cherries in batches.
Transfer cherry puree to a stainless steel saucepan over medium-high heat. DO NOT BOIL. Add lime juice and sugar and stir to combine.
Using a thermometer heat to 190 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally. Because this recipe has sugar it will get to temperature rather quickly so keep your eye on the thermometer. Remove from heat.
Ladle mixture into jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim, add hot lids and tighten rings just finger tight. Process in water bath canner at a boil for 15 minutes.
To reconstitute, mix one part concentrate with one part water, tonic water or ginger ale. Adjust concentrate to suit your taste.
*You can use bottled lime juice for this recipe as well!!!
**If you do not want to process this concentrate in canning jars, freeze the concentrate in 1 to 2 cup portions.