Here is a great little recipe for something different. This is why I love the cnning community so much. the shares and the different approaches.
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
zest of 2 limes (I used a vegetable peeler to get off the zest as you get so much more that way.)
1 cup lime juice
3 cups cherries
Combine all the ingredients except for the lime juice in a saucepan. Heat the mixture over very low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.
Bring the syrup to a boil & boil until it reaches the soft ball stage or 235 degrees on a jelly thermometer.
Add the lime juice to the saucepan & bring the syrup to a boil.
Pour it through a tea strainer into pint mason jars.
Add lids & rings & process the jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Makes about 2 to 2 1/1 pints of syrup. (We had the cherries from our bush that we couldn't get off the pit as they were too small so we just put them in there whole. I've heard that it's not best to do that, but I have also read where it doesn't hurt, so I did it that way anyway. Any tart cherry would work for this recipe though.)
Thank you so much Michele