Four 12-ounce cans cola soda (6 cans are needed if making granita)
12-ounce bag frozen cherries, thawed
Chopped maraschino cherries, to garnish
1. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the cola to a boil. Use caution and stir regularly until the foam subsides. Boil until you reduce the mixture to 1 cup, about 20 minutes.
2. In a blender, puree the cherries until smooth. Stir the cherries into the reduced cola and cook for another 2 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, discarding any solids. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to use.