When I was a kid, I loved Cherry Coke – sort of. Even then, I found it a little cloying and overwhelming. I preferred vanilla coke, but only came across it at fairs once a year.
Now I’m a grown-up, and I don’t drink soda very often, let alone cherry soda. But every once in a while, I want something that’s sweet like Cherry Coke, but tart, too. A couple of years ago, I made an exciting discovery: cranberry juice is just what cola needs.
Cranberry Coke recipe
- Cola – I prefer diet, but it depends how much sweetness you want
- Cranberry juice (I look for one that has around 7 grams of sugar per serving rather than the more common 28-30)
Fill a glass 3/4 of the way with diet cola. Fill the rest with cranberry juice.
Simple, right? But it’s surprisingly delicious, and not at all sticky sweet like cherry cola can be. If you use sweetened cola and cranberry juice, then it’ll still be pretty sweet, but it’ll have a nice tartness to the flavor that makes it very different from cherry coke. I prefer using a low sugar version because the low-sugar cranberry juices provide enough sweetness for my taste, but your mileage may vary, so tweak the recipe all you want!
In fact, even if you love a cherry coke, this drink makes a wonderful change of pace!