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Cherry Canela Cooler

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Last week, I received a nice surprise from OXO and  Northwest Cherries!  At my doorstep, 10 pounds of sweet, delicious cherries!  But that’s not all. OXO came to the rescue and included a beautiful set of nesting bowl and colander set, digital food scale and cherry pitters. I can’t imagine trying to pit 10 pounds of cherries all by myself.  Thank goodness for cherry pitters.

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With all our equipment ready and cherries rinsed, I decided to gather the family and have a cherry pitting party!  The kids were ecstatic when I demonstrated how the cherry pitters worked and couldn’t wait to get their little hands on them.

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Because OXO’s kitchen tools have that fabulous “Good Grip” the children were able to pit 4 lbs. of cherries in no time.  Even my 4-year-old had no problem pitting those cherries. He’s now the “designated cherry pitter” in our home and proud of his new title.

cherries collage.jpgAfter a fun afternoon of pitting, their hard work had to be rewarded with something refreshing.  A Cherry-Canela Cooler was in store! The perfect sweet drink for a warm summer day.

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Cherry Canela Cooler

Yield: 12 cups

Ingredients

  • 2.5 quarts water
  • 4-6 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 lbs. cherries, rinsed and pitted
  • 1 cup sugar (or to taste. I like mine a bit tart)

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot combine water and cinnamon sticks. Boil over medium heat for approximately 0 minutes. Remove from heat and let seep for 10 minutes.
  2. In a blender, blend cherries until smooth.
  3. Remove cinnamon sticks from water and transfer cinnamon water to a large pitcher. Add blended cherries and add sugar to sweeten. Stir and taste test to desired sweetness.
  4. Serve over ice and garnish with mint sprigs and cinnamon sticks.
http://www.nibblesandfeasts.com/2013/08/cherry-canela-cooler-the-10lb-cherry-challenge/

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Cherries, cherries everywhere!  Check out who else was challenged to cook their hearts out with 10lbs. of cherries:

There is so much more on the 10lb. Cherry Challenge! Check out OXO (Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest |Instagram) and the Northwest Cherry Growers (Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram). And and everything cherry board on Pinterest.

Disclosure:  I received 10lbs. of NW Cherries and OXO products to facilitate this post.  Recipe and opinions are my own.

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