Cheery Cherry Lemonade
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!