Cherry Lemonade

20130721-100810.jpgCherry Lemonade.  It is just what I needed to break the heat.  I live on the 5th floor of a big brick apartment building and it is SO HOT UP HERE. This cherry lemonade is so refreshing. It is a little tart and a little sweet and a lot of icy refreshment. : ) 20130721-100838.jpg

This week cherries were on sale.  In my rush to get in and out of the grocery store, I picked a bag with some not-so-sweet cherries. What is the best thing to do with these cherries?  No, not bake with them.  There is NO WAY I am turning on my oven in this heat. The magic answer is: use the cherries in something where I can sweeten them up! Looking at the lemons in my fridge I thought, YES!  LEMONADE!

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  The best thing about making homemade lemonade?  It is A LOT easier than you think it is, AND you can customize it to your taste.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, IT TASTES SO MUCH BETTER THAN STORE BOUGHT!

So let’s make some Cherry Lemonade!

First juice some lemons

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Next, pit your cherries.  I don’t have a fancy cherry pitter thingy, so I just cut them in half, and removed the pit.

20130721-100746.jpg20130721-100757.jpgNext, add a little water and blend the cherries using an immersion blender or whatever you have.  Then strain out the skins that didn’t blend to keep your lemonade smooth

20130721-100738.jpgCombine blended cherries, lemon juice, water and some simple syrup and voila!

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Fill a glass with ice and enjoy some delicious, cool, sweet and tart lemonade.

Aren’t you feeling cooler just looking at these photos!?

 GO make some homemade cherry lemonade!

20130721-100838.jpgRecipe: Cherry Lemonade

Makes ~2 cups without ice, 4 cups with ice.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 3 lemons (~1/2 cup)
  • 1 and 1/4 cup water, divided
  • 15-20 cherries, pitted and stems removed
  • 1/8-1/4 cup of simple syrup – recipe follows (depending on how sweet your cherries are, and how sweet you want your lemonade)

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl or pitcher, combine fresh lemon juice and 1 cup of the water
  2. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of water with the pitted cherries and blend until smooth.  I used an immersion blender, but you can use whatever type of blender you have.
  3. Strain the blended cherries (see picture above) to remove any skin that did not blend.  You may need to use a spoon to move skin around so all liquid filters through.
  4. Add the strained, blended cherries to the pitcher of lemon juice.
  5. Add simple syrup to taste and stir
  6. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Recipe Source: deliciousinadash@wordpress.com

Simple Syrup Recipe

Makes about 3/4 cup

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of water.
  2. Slowly bring to a boil while stirring until all sugar is dissolved.
  3. Allow simple syrup to cool to room temperature and store in an air tight container in fridge.
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