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Cherry Lemonade

Cherry Lemonade

cherry-lemonadeA new version of an old favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound fresh bing cherries, washed and pitted (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cups cold water
  • Mint sprigs for garnish

Directions

Heat sugar and 1 cup water in a small pot until sugar dissolves. Add 1 cup bing cherries, bring to a boil and boil until the cherries begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Strain cooled bing cherry syrup into a large pitcher, pressing on the cherries to release their juice. Add lemon juice and cold water. Stir in remaining cherries. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint.

Makes 2 quarts