Beat the summer heat with our refreshing cherry lemonade! Made from freshly squeezed lemons and juicy cherries, this sweet and tart drink will keep you cool. Whether you're lounging by the pool or enjoying a picnic with friends, this drink is a must-have for all your summer activities.
*This content is sponsored by Dixie Crystals Sugar. All opinions and ideas expressed are entirely my own.
Why Make Homemade Lemonade
Adding fruit is a fun and delicious way to add some natural flavor and a pop of color to these drinks. While cherries were still in season, I made a simple cherry syrup and added it to homemade lemonade.
This cherry lemonade is so cool and refreshing. It's the perfect drink to serve when it's hot outside. Not only does it taste amazing, but it's made with natural ingredients.
- Simple ingredients. All you need are lemons, cherries, sugar, and water to make a pitcher of fresh homemade lemonade. Unlike store bought drinks there are no preservatives, colors, or flavors in this easy drink.
- Refreshing taste. The combination of tart lemons with the natural sweetness of cherries creates a flavor that is refreshing. It is quite delightful and thirst-quenching during hot summer months.
- Bright red color. The beautiful, vibrant red color comes from making cherry juice out of fresh cherries.
- Perfect for summer. With its unique taste and refreshing flavor, our cherry lemonade is great for sunny days or at family picnics or barbecues.
All you need to make this cherry lemonade recipe are four simple ingredients. Plus, lots of ice to serve it over.
- Cherries - We used fresh pitted Bing cherries. After you strain the cherry simple syrup off, you can enjoy the cherry puree over a bowl of ice cream. If cherries are out of season, use frozen dark cherries.
- Granulated Sugar - Sweetens the homemade cherry juice and balances out the tart lemon juice.
- Lemons - Freshly squeezed lemon juice will give you the absolute freshest flavor. If you plan on using bottled lemon juice, try to look for an organic one that contains only juice.
How to Make Cherry Lemonade
With its eye-catching color and delicious flavor, this summer drink will have everyone asking for more. No one can resist this fruity twist on a classic! Plus it's easy to make in minutes on the stovetop.
- Rinse, drain, and pit the cherries. Place them in a pan with sugar and water and stir until dissolved.
- Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove and let cool 30 minutes. Pour through a fine wire mesh sieve to remove skins and pulp.
- Squeeze 4 room temperature lemons to get 1 cup juice. Combine sweet cherry juice, lemons, and water in a pitcher; refrigerate until chilled. Serve over lots of ice.
BruCrew Tip: Float lemon slices and cherries in the pitcher of cherry lemonade for a pretty presentation.
This lemonade will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator. It can also be frozen for 2-3 months if you wanted to save some for later.
Tips and Tricks
- For a rustic texture, pulse the cherry mixture in a blender until smooth. Stir in the water and lemon juice before serving.
- For a smoother texture, strain the cherry mixture through fine wire mesh sieve.
- Add sparkling water to give the lemonade bubbles.
- Change it up and use lime juice for a delicious cherry limeade.
- A medium-large lemon has about ¼ cup lemon juice in it. You will need 4 lemons to get 1 cup juice.
- Room temperature lemons release more juice than cold lemons. To soften them up, roll them on the counter, applying pressure with your palm.
The cherries you use will depend on your preference and availability. Bing cherries and Rainier cherries are varieties that are commonly used. Feel free to experiment with different varieties to find a taste you prefer.
If you are planning on straining the cherry mixture before adding the lemon juice, you do not need to pit the cherries first. If you are going to pulse the cherry mixture in a blender, remove the hard pits first.
Straining the lemonade removes the pulp and any seeds that may have gotten in the drink. If you are ok with fruit bits in your drink, straining isn't necessary.
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