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Cherry Phosphate

Claire Bush

Cherry phosphates are as American as apple pie - and this diner staple can be made at home, too. Try making a phosphate to spice up a burger and fries dinner.



  • 12 oz club soda
  • 2 tsp. cherry flavored syrup, such as Torani
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice, fresh or reconstituted
  • maraschino cherry, optional


Pour syrup into tall glass. Add club soda and lemon juice. Stir, add cherry and serve.

Note: Torani syrup is found in the coffee and tea aisle of most supermarkets for about $4 a bottle.

About The Author: An Arizona freelance writer for the past decade, Claire is a regular contributor to the Arizona Republic's business, career builder and community sections and is also the author of a statewide restaurant guide, "Dining in Arizona - 101 Great Places to Eat" Claire has co-authored several cookbooks and is now a working chef and menu designer in Sun City, AZ.


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October 9, 20080 found this helpful

This brings back good memories. I remember sitting at the soda fountain in the drug store sipping one of these with my friends. Thanks for the recipe and the memory

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