Cheery Cherry Lemonade

Cheery Cherry Lemonade

 

 

Cheery Cherry Lemonade

 

Hey, Readers!

We are in the thick of summer now! One of the things I enjoy doing at this time of year is kicking back and relaxing. One way we achieve this state of being at home is being out in our backyard oasis with a cool drink in our hand. One of my favourites to sip and enjoy is cherry lemonade.

Lemonade has to be one of the most popular drinks to pour into a glass in the summer. Though I do love lemonade au naturel, I really love the tart-sweetness of a good cherry lemonade. I used to mix this drink out of a can when I was younger, but I have not been able to find it recently. The flavour combination of sweet cherries and tart lemons is one of my favourites.

 

Cheery Cherry Lemonade
Cherries and Lemons in a bowl on a table.

 

I used to mix this drink out of a can when I was younger, but I have not been able to find it recently. That is when I went in search for a good recipe to whip up. When I could not find one I enjoyed, I had to look to a lemonade and cherry juice recipe in order to combine them into one super juice. I like to call it a Cheery Cherry Lemonade. Why cheery? Well, it comes from how I feel after a few sips!

 

Cheery Cherry Lemonade
A glass of cherry lemonade in front of a basket with cherries and lemons.

 

I found this “Honey Sweetened Fresh Cherry Limeade” Traci at Vanilla and Bean for part of the cherry portion of this recipe. I have slightly tweaked Elise Bauer’s “Perfect Lemonade” recipe from Simply Recipes to make the lemonade portion of this juice.

For the cherry part of this juice, I only go so far as to pit the cherries and then boil them with water to release the juice from the fruit. I do not use a blender for any portion. The zest of the lemon, nor club soda is added to my Cheery Cherry Lemonade.

The “Perfect Lemonade” recipe I found is just about spot on. I do use less sugar or honey for a more natural sweetener when I have it at home.

Pitting cherries can, well, be the pits! This has to be the toughest and time-consuming part of making this recipe. Once this task is complete, the rest of this recipe is easy.

 

Cheery Cherry Lemonade
Hands pitting cherries.

 

I always enjoy seeing the cherries in the pot. From adding water into the pot, to straining the cherries from the pulp is fun for me. The result is gorgeous.

 

Cheery Cherry Lemonade
Pitted cherries in a pot with water.

 

The lemonade is the simple part of this recipe. Squeezing lemons is easy. Mixing the simple syrup takes a few minutes. Adding the lemonade to the cherry juice is gorgeous to watch. Watching the colours blend is a sight to see.

 

Cheery Cherry Lemonade
Pouring cherry juice into lemon juice.

 

Ready to stir up some cheer by making this Cheery Cherry Lemonade? Take a look at the recipe below, sip and enjoy!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

 

 

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Cheery Cherry Lemonade
A bright and sweet drink to sip and enjoy for summertime fun or any day!
Course Drinks, Juice
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Course Drinks, Juice
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pit cherries.
  2. Place cherries and 1/2 a cup of water in a medium saucepan. Bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat to minimum. Smush boiled cherries to release more of the fruit's juices. Place a lid on the saucepan and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. While cherries are simmering, squeeze the juice of the lemons.
  4. Once the cherries have finihsed simmering, strain cherries to get rid of the pulp. Let cool while preparing the rest of the juice.
  5. To make the simple syrup, pour sugar or honey and 1 cup of water into a small saucepan on low to medium heat. Stir ingredients until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove saucepan from the burner
  6. Mix the lemon juice and the simple syrup into a pitcher. Add 2 cups of cold water to this mixture and stir.
  7. Add cherry juice to lemonade, stir thouroughly and taste. If the juice is too sweet, add more water to reduce its strength.
  8. Cool juice in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Pour into glasses and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

When squeezing the lemons, press your hand down on the lemon and roll them on your cutting board or counter a few times. It will make juicing them easier.

For a tarter flavour, slice a lemon into thin circles and add it to your cherry lemonade while chilling.

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28 Comments

  1. We too love lemonade at our house in the summer time, and my husband is a huge fan of cherries. I’m excited to give this one a try! bty .. I was talking with a couple of friends the other day about the best way to de-pit a cherry. One uses a pastry tip to push the pit out of the other side. The other simply stabbs it with a chop stick! Both seem to get the job done without buying a special gadget. (food for thought) x

  2. Thia lemonade looks so refreshing and yum! It looks like a perfect drink to beat the summer heat!

  3. I am not a big fan of just cherry juice, even though I love cherries. But I have had some amazing cherry lemonade in the past. And this looks like it would be just so refreshing. I am going to have to make some of this for my daughter this coming weekend. Will need to get cherries.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks, David! I really appreciate you giving this recipe a whirl to serve to your daughter

  4. This is another worth to try, having a twist with our lemonade. I would love to have this with whole cherries as well. Glad you have also a note on how to properly squeeze the lemons. I am excited to try this and have a sip with my dearest hubby over the weekend.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks Jona! I’m glad you liked how I shared how to get the most out of lemons. I hope you whipped up a batch and enjoyed it

  5. I like the idea of fruit-flavored lemonade! I think adding honey and cherries is great way to add-on to it’s health benefits given cherry juice is a proven stress buster, boosting relxation

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks, Nandita! I do love the benefits one would get from the cherries in this drink. Sipping on it does tend to make the day seem better than it was before you started.

  6. Oh my goodness this looks delicious! I love lemonade… I do have a slight allergy to fresh cherries but I still enjoy them anyway! (LOL)

    1. reesespeaks says:

      I’m sorry to hear this, Nicole! You could use a blender and use strawberries, or skip the extra flavour and just enjoy the lemonade. They are also quite delicious alternatives!

  7. Oh yum. I’ll be honest- ive never had anything like this that wasn’t powdered from a container. HAHAHA. This looks like some work, but so good. I will have to take the time to try it!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      The most time consuming part is pitting the cherries. Once that is done, everything else is smooth sailing. It is really worth all of the work

  8. I love the title of this post. And I esecially LOVE that this recipe uses REAL fruit and not powder. Lemonade, after Southern Sweet Tea, is one of my favorite summer beverages!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks so much, Candy! I try to keep the recipes I share as natural as possible. The flavour of real juice makes this drink come alive

  9. Doris says:

    Lemonade is one of my favorite drinks all year long!! I usually spike mine with whiskey though. … I’m definitely going to try your recipe. Happy summer!!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      It is one of my favourite drinks to enjoy all year-round, too

  10. Victoria says:

    I’m all for fresh beverages. Homemade is definitely the way to go. I think they’re the best. A sweet and tart drink like this is perfect in the summer

    1. reesespeaks says:

      I hear you, Victoria! It’s that flavour that gets me every time

  11. Mmmm lemonade is one of my favourite summer drinks! Add that tangy cherry taste and you’ve got me sold. This looks so tasty!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      I could not agree with you more. It is a real treat around our home

  12. This looks delicious!!!! I am gonna try out this recipe I really do think it is something my children will love especially chilled to cool off this summer! Thanks

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks, Lisa! My son loves this drink. We never go past a day with this drink around.

  13. Stefanie Cornwall says:

    I love lemonades of all sorts. I have never heard of cherry lemonade. It sounds so refreshing!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      It is sooooooo good, Stefanie! I hope you whip up a batch and enjoy it!

  14. Kiwi says:

    This is a good recipe. I love fresh lemonade. I never made it in the form of cherry so this is a great idea.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks, Kiwi! I love fresh lemonade, too. It just has that extra bit of yum in it

  15. This looks amazing, and sooo perfect for Summer. My boyfriend is a lemonade lover, and I love pretty much anything cherry. We’ll have to try this!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      I hope you try it out and that the both of you enjoy every sip.

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