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Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Recipe for Recipe Redux: Triple Cherry Chiller

Recipe Redux consists of a group of health-minded recipe developers with blogs who enjoy the challenge of creating healthy recipes for their audiences. Each month we are given a theme to write about and develop a nutritious recipe. July’s challenge is to create a refreshing summer beverage.

Because more and more people are learning about the health benefits of cherries, I decided to develop a recipe using tart cherry juice, cherry tea, and fresh cherries.  The recipe is Triple Cherry Chiller.

Triple Cherry Chiller

The recipe is easy to put together. You start by brewing the tea. I used Celestial Seasonings” Black Cherry Berry. Of course, many other flavors of tea could be used instead, such as raspberry zinger. I used 3 tea bags to 4 cups of water.

cherry tea

You let the tea steep for about 10 minutes. Then add the juice. I used tart cherry juice.

tart cherry juice

Then you refrigerate the mixture. When ready to serve, cut up some fresh cherries to add to each glass along with some ice.

fresh cherries cut into quarters
Below is the Triple Cherry Chiller recipe with nutrition and cost information.

4 cups boiling water
3 black cherry berry tea bags (or other cherry-flavored tea)
2 cups 100% tart cherry juice
6 Tbsp fresh or frozen sweet cherries, pitted if fresh and quartered
Agave nectar or honey or sugar, if desired
Pour boiling water over tea bags in large pitcher; let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard. Add juice to tea. Refrigerate. When ready to serve, add 1 tablespoon quartered cherries and ice to each glass; pour beverage. Sweeten to taste with agave nectar, honey, or sugar, if desired. Optional: garnish each glass with one whole cherry.
Makes 6 servings (about 6 cups total).

Nutrition Information per Serving:
43 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, mg cholesterol, 0.2 g dietary fiber, 0.4 g protein, and  7 mg sodium.
Cost per Serving: $0.59
Pricing Note: The cherry juice was $4.99 for 64 fl ounces and fresh cherries were found on sale for $2.99 a pound.
Preparation Note:
No sugar added pomegranate juice can be use instead of 100% tart cherry juice if desired.

For more great summer beverage recipes, go to these great blogs.


  1. Barb, this cherry-saturated recipe sounds tasty! Look forward to trying it.

  2. I'm a cherry freak so will definitely be trying out this one :)

  3. Looks delicious! I love cherries and we have tons of them right now. Thanks for the recipe! Alex

  4. How fun! I love cherries and can only imagine how good this was :)

  5. I don't usually think "cherries," but this recipe has definitely whet my appetite. Perfect for summer!

  6. I have that tart cherry juice at home- loveit! I can imagine it's delicious mixed in to tea and served with fresh cherries.!

  7. I love cherries but surprisingly have never tried a cherry flavored beverage! I'm glad I have one to try now!

  8. Barb I too love the idea of this drink. Cherry health research and tea and juice products are not huge as yet in Australia. Can you point me to some good websites for US products or cherry growers? Thanks Emma

  9. I think this sounds wonderful! I have been known to enjoy a cherry cola in the past. This is a much better option!

  10. Tart cherry juice! One of my favorite beverages for taste and attenuating muscle soreness.