Cherry Lemonade

During the winter months, I love to curl up on the couch with a big mug of hot chocolate. I always crave a little something sweet after dinner, but try not to have any heavy desserts on weekdays since I have a hard time resisting snacking on treats at work like those crazy addicting Trader Joe-Joe’s Vanilla Sandwich Crème Cookies. Sometimes I enjoy a bowl of sugary cereal instead, but during the summer, it’s all about a tall refreshing glass of lemonade. There are so many delicious kinds available now – mango, strawberry, pomegranate, mmm. I recently had one that tops all the others. It was a delightful cherry lemonade that I picked up on a whim because it was on sale at Whole Foods.

We really only shop at Whole Foods when I need an ingredient that I can’t find anywhere else though (in this case I needed ground chicken), so to get my fix, I decided to make a batch of cherry lemonade at home. Fresh lemon juice, sweet cherries, and sugar are all you need. I even kicked it up a notch by making ice cubes that each contained a cherry in the center and stirring in some lemon slices!

Cherry Lemonade
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Ingredients:

Lemonade:
5 cups water, divided
4 cups pitted sweet cherries (24 ounces)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (I used 4 huge lemons)

Garnish:
12 pitted cherries
1 lemon, sliced

Directions:
Place 2 cups water, cherries, and sugar in a large pot over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour, then pulse in a food processor or blender for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth. Strain with a sieve into a large pitcher, if needed (I used my Vitamix, so I didn’t have much pulp, but I’m sure I would have needed to strain it if I had used my food processor). Stir in lemon juice and remaining 3 cups water and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or until well chilled.

Meanwhile, to make the garnish, place 1 pitted cherry in each well of an ice cube try and fill with water. Place in the freezer until the ice cubes are set, about 2 hours. Stir ice cubes and sliced lemon into the chilled cherry lemonade and serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition: 150 calories, 0.1g fat, 1.6g fiber, 0.9g protein per serving
Cost: $0.69 per serving

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9 Responses to Cherry Lemonade

  1. Michelle says:

    Cherry lemonade sounds really refreshing!

  2. shannon says:

    oh man, i don’t even know why that didn’t cross my mind?! i am making some blueberry meyer lemonade this weekend… but cherry is definitely next :)

  3. Megan says:

    Ooh this is such a great twist on lemonade. I’ve had strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry, but cherry is such a unique idea.

  4. Joanne says:

    I can’t believe I’ve never thought to make any of these lemonade varieties! Cherry and mango are definitely going to have to happen.

  5. Cherry lemonade is second only to strawberry lemonade. This looks like the perfect summer drink, even if it is alcohol-free, hehe.

  6. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This looks awesome! It’s the perfect summer sippin’ drink :)

  7. Cara says:

    Yum! I wonder if I could make this with stevia… hmm, must experiment. Sounds like the perfect summer refresher!

  8. This looks so refreshing! Definitely a great alcohol free option without feeling deprived :)

  9. Josie says:

    I love this! So, what’s your take on the vitamix? My husband has been dying to get one for two years (literally).

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