Refreshing and Sweet Cherry Ginger Fizz

cherry ginger fizz
Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE
Total Time 5 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 cup (45 calories)

On hot summer days especially, there’s nothing more refreshing than something cold, fizzy, and sweet. But regular soda contains a whopping forty grams of added sugar in one can, more than what’s recommended for an entire day!

Instead, make this cherry ginger fizz, which is packed with bright, refreshing flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. Made with tart cherry juice and fresh ginger, it’s also packed with anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • 4 thin slices fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup tart cherry juice
  • ¾ cup lemon seltzer
  • frozen or fresh cherries, optional, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Place ginger at the bottom of a tall glass. Muddle lightly with a muddler or back of a spoon to release juices.
  2. Top with ice.
  3. Pour cherry juice over the ice, then top off with seltzer. If desired, garnish with a few frozen cherries.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Growing up, my parents always made me fruit juice fizzes, not just because they were lower in sugar, but because they were less expensive, too.

Plus, once you get away from drinking soda, you’ll find the flavor to be pretty sickly sweet. That said, if you’re trying to cut back on soda and looking for something sweeter, you could always sweeten this drink with a non-caloric sweetener, like stevia extract.

You can make fizzes with all sorts of combinations of fruit juice and flavor enhancers. Try watermelon juice with lime, orange juice with sprigs of fresh basil, grapefruit juice with thyme, coconut water with lemongrass, or pomegranate juice with mint. Try freezing the fruit and herb mixture in an ice cube tray to slowly infuse fizzy water with flavor.

This fizz could also be used as a base for making cocktails with vodka or rum. Just be sure not to drink on an empty stomach with diabetes, as this can increase the risk of hypoglycemia.

Cooking and Serving Tips

To make this beverage quickly, add a few ginger slices to a bottle of cherry juice and store in the refrigerator.

The fruit juice will infuse with ginger flavor and you can just pour a little into a glass before topping off with seltzer.

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