Cherry 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. : )
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!
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
Next, pit your cherries. I don’t have a fancy cherry pitter thingy, so I just cut them in half, and removed the pit.
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!
Makes ~2 cups without ice, 4 cups with ice.
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 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)
- In a large bowl or pitcher, combine fresh lemon juice and 1 cup of the water
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the strained, blended cherries to the pitcher of lemon juice.
- Add simple syrup to taste and stir
- Pour over ice and enjoy!
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Simple Syrup Recipe
Makes about 3/4 cup
- In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of water.
- Slowly bring to a boil while stirring until all sugar is dissolved.
- Allow simple syrup to cool to room temperature and store in an air tight container in fridge.