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Jamaican Cherry Drink Recipe 
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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

The Jamaican cherry is some of the tastiest, juiciest fruits. If there would be any complaints it would be because they are so small in size, and simply don’t have enough “meat”. You really might have to eat a dozen to feel satisfied.

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They make great snacks and are a part of some of the fondest memories of many Jamaicans as children. Cherries are one of the fruits that hardly ever goes to waste, as everyone is always anxiously awaiting for the tiny fruits to start bearing.

One of the most popular ways to have cherry is to simply wash the ripe fruits and eat them as is, discarding the seeds, you can even add a little salt to it if you wish. But what if you have had your cherries for a while now and they have gotten so overly ripe, that they are no longer fun to just pop in the mouth?

Before you throw them out, you should consider using them to make yourself some delicious and refreshing cherry juice. Not only is it simple to make, but it doesn't require many ingredients, so it's quite affordable too. So, here is a simple recipe on how to make some Jamaican Cherry Juice.

There are no measurements for this recipe because everything is done to taste.

Jamaican Cherry Drink Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • Ripe cherries
  • Lime or lemon juice
  • Ginger or ginger juice
  • Sugar (optional)

PROCEDURE

  1. The first thing you need to do is thoroughly wash your cherries. To do so, do not just wash them under fresh running water. Get a large bowl add the cherries to it, and then fill it with water. Add a generous amount of salt to the water.

    Cherries sometimes have worms, and old school or traditional Jamaicans believe that if you add salt to the water it will help to remove the worms. Leave the cherries in the water for around 5 minutes before throwing it away and rinsing the cherries under fresh running water to remove excess salt.

  2. If you are using fresh ginger, wash and scrape the ginger roots and cut them into small pieces.

  3. The next step is to add your cherries to a blender along with some of the ginger. Depending on the power of your blender and also the number of cherries you will be blending, you might need to do this in batches. Add enough water to cover the cherries and blend at high speed.

  4. Once you have finished blending the cherries grab a strainer, cheesecloth or any breathable fabric that will make it easy to strain. Strain the juice from the cherry pour it into a separate jar and discard the pulp. 

  5. If you have a lot of cherries to blend, just repeat steps 3 and 4 until completely done.

  6. Add your lemon or lime juice, fresh is always preferred but bottled is also acceptable. If you are using bottled ginger juice, add it at this time as well. 
  7. The next step is to sweeten with sugar. Cherry juice is quite refreshing when cold even without sugar, so if you are watching your sugar intake you can skip this step.

  8. Stir and taste test. Add more lime, ginger or sugar if you feel it is necessary.

  9. Set to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or add a few cubes of ice.

 Cherry juice is smooth and refreshing so it makes a great drink for the summertime.

Other Jamaican Cherry Recipe Ideas

If you are looking for other ways to make use of your over ripped cherries, to avoid throwing them out, here are a few ideas you may like:

  • Jams - it is quick and easy to make and can serve you for months, plus it goes great with slices of bread and biscuits.
  • Fillings - use it to make pastry filling for your pies or cakes. You can also use it in cobblers or crumbles.
  • Smoothies - use your cherries to make smoothies or, take it a step further and use your Jamaican cherries to make some ice cream.
  • Dressing - cherries make a great vegetable salad dressing
  • Popsicles - summer calls for creative ways to cool down and cherry popsicles are a delicious option.

There is a never-ending list of things you can do with your Jamaican cherries, so if they get overripe, do not throw them out.

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References & Sources For Jamaican Cherry

  1. How to use overripe fruit, TheKitchn, https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-use-up-overripe-fruit-58183
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