Black Cherry and Thyme Sun Soother

There is nothing quite as spectacular as the small window of local cherries and this sun soothing iced tea not only delivers the subtle cherry  and thyme flavors but a gentle pick me up of black tea.


¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
½ cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 cup water
2 black tea bags


In a medium saucepan combine the thyme, cherries, sugar and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, place the two tea bags in the syrup and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and continue to let steep for about 10 more minutes or until the mixture is slightly darker and clearly infused. Leave the mixture on strained however you can strain the mixture if desired. Pour the syrup in a large pitcher filled with ice and add water! The cherries and thyme leaves float to become the garnish.