CHERRY LEMONADE

Summer heat is coming in and the next few months are going to include time out in the hot weather. As a child, I would go to my grandparent’s house to go swimming (they had an amazing pool!) and my grandma would always make my sister and I this spectacular cherry lemonade. Nothing tasted better after a long, hot day like this lemonade served over ice. She had always loved using fresh fruits in her dishes and made sure to incorporate their sweet, natural, full-bodied taste. I was so ecstatic when she passed this recipe down to me, and now I can’t wait for you to be able to share it with your family!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 3-4 medium lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, chopped
  • 2 cups pitted cherries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water, divided

Preparation:

Warm 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a pot until sugar dissolves completely. Mix in your pitted cherries into your simple syrup. Pour this mixture into a blender and blend for 15-20 seconds. Strain the juice, pressing down on the solids to allow the liquid through.

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Mix your lemon juice, zest, and the remaining 2 cups of water into the strained cherry mixture, stir.

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Comments

  1. Cherry lemonade is a big favorite of mine, but I always buy it at my favorite fast food place. Now I can make it myself at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Wish I had some right this second.

  2. I know my son would love this! His favorite fruit besides blueberries is cherries. I’m going to have to make this for him it might last a day.

  3. My kids and I make cherry lemonade all the time. We really enjoy it. Yours looks really good. I don’t usually add the zest but I will give that a try.

  4. I’ve never tried Cherry Lemonade before, but it sure looks refreshing! I will definitely try this one before summer ends.

  5. Lemonades are definitely better in the summer. I recently came across a strawberry lemonade recipe and I’m sure this is one is going to be a hit as well! I love cherries!

  6. This sounds so good. Cherry is one of my favorite flavors, and I also love lemonade. I’m sure this tastes amazing.

  7. Honestly thought this was going to be ine of those “get a drink mix” posts; so glad it wasn’t! Can’t wait to try this when The Grands visit. On second thought, gonna treat myself and Sweetie so some of this as soon as cherries are in our market. Gracias for the recipe.

  8. Lemonades are always a wonderful choice to keep yourself better during the hot summer & I try different flavors of them all through the summer. Cherries would be a great option as they are yummy and refreshing & I would love to give this a try.

  9. So delish! This would not last long at my house. My ids go through liquids that are not water way too quick to really enjoy. Personally I think I would add a bit of vodka to this for a nice summer evening drink.

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