I loved drinking cherry lime rickeys at diners as a kid, and today, it's the most favored drink at every party I serve it in. It has the classic personality of a cocktail, because it was derived from the alcoholic, Prohibition-era rickey, but the delights of a soda. With the freshness of lime juice and the tangy-sugary touch of maraschino cherries, it is the refreshing pink-ish sparkling fizz drink everyone can delight in. —Caroline Choe
1 & 1/2 liters
seltzer water (I prefer to use orange-flavored, but plain is fine)
maraschino cherries, limes or orange slices for garnish (optional)
MAKE THE SIMPLE SYRUP: In a small pot, pour in the water and sugar and stir together over medium heat, until the sugar is dissolved. Let the syrup simmer on the heat for about 5-7 minutes, and then turn off the heat and transfer it to a bowl. Add in the lime juice and maraschino cherry syrup, and stir to combine thoroughly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate the syrup for 30-minutes to an hour.
When the cherry-lime syrup has cooled, pour it into a punch bowl or large serving pitcher (or however you'd like to serve it).
To the cherry-lime syrup, add in the fruit garnish (if you choose to include it) and seltzer water. Stir to combine.