Why It's Great: Perfect for a large group. Prepare the mixture the day before, then serve — no need to be behind a blender all day.
2 - 3 lbs. of bing cherries (pitted)
With alcohol: 1 liter of vodka (lime or cherry flavor if desired)
Without alcohol: 1 liter of 100 percent pomegranate or cherry juice
Sparkling water or lemon-lime soda, chilled
2 - 3 c. of simple syrup
2 c. of lime juice
Combine cherries, vodka or fruit juice, simple syrup and lime juice in a large container and refrigerate overnight.
Ladle roughly 4 oz. of mixture (and a few cherries) into a glass filled with ice, then top with soda or sparkling water.
To create both an alcoholic and non-alcohilic version, combine half of the listed ingredients in two separate containers; add vodka to one and fruit juice to the other.
Serves: 20 - 22