News flash. Lemonade should have lemons in it! Skip the powdered stuff and make your own lemonade.
What’s so great about homemade lemonade? Here’s a partial list:
- It screams summer. Sometimes the little joys in life are the most important.
- You can control the sweetness. I prefer lemonade that’s lightly sweetened with a natural sweetener.
- It’s a flavor chameleon. Add fresh herbs like mint, rosemary or basil to bump up the flavor. Or, add cucumber- another knockout addition to lemonade.
- It loves fruit. Try adding berries, melon or peaches to lemonade. You won’t regret it.
- It’s a great mixer. Perfect when paired with iced tea to make an Arnie Palmer or spiked with a spirit to make a refreshing cocktail.
So, squeeze some lemons and enjoy a glass of lemonade. Here’s a recipe for cherry lemonade. It’s flavored with a homemade cherry syrup made from organic cane sugar and dark sweet cherries.
Homemade Cherry Lemonade
1 cup dark sweet fresh cherries
1/3 cup organic evaporated cane sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups fresh cold water
Lemon slices, optional
Fresh mint or basil leaves, optional
Start by making cherry syrup. Remove and discard pits and stems from cherries. Cut cherries in half and place in a medium saucepan. Add sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boiling over medium heat. Simmer 3 minutes; remove from heat and let cool 30 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve; press cherries to release their juices. Discard cherry solids.
To make lemonade, in a pitcher combine cherry syrup, lemon juice and 2 cups fresh cold water; mix well. (Taste for sweetness. Add additional water if you prefer a less sweet lemonade.) Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices or fresh herbs.
Makes about 3 cups
Tip: To make an Arnie Palmer combine equal parts lemonade and iced tea. Black tea is the usual addition, but I prefer to use herbal, white or green iced tea. My favorite Arnold Palmer combination is Cherry Lemonade with Jasmine Green Tea. Let me know your favorite.