Monday, August 25, 2014

Cherry Lemonade

This is a new favorite in our house.
In fact, it was a huge inspiration for my kids' birthday party.
I made  a Lemonade and Tea Bar. 
Basically we had a huge container of lemonade and a huge container of tea with tons of flavored simple syrups and cotton candy to add in.
The possibilities are endless to the dreamy concoctions that can be made.
More on that at a later date. 

I've tried to make this multiple times before and since but cherries never last long in my house. A certain tall, dark and handsome man keeps stealing them out of my fridge. He is a real problem with pluots too. I can't keep any good stuff around them. I really need to get faster about making these recipes.

This is perfect for a picnic or just a treat on a hot day. 

This is such a versatile idea too. 
Swap out the cherries for any fruit or stir in a teaspoon of an flavored extract to the simple syrup, if you prefer. 

Cherry Lemonade

4 lemons, juiced
1 cup cherry simple syrup (recipe follows)
3 cups cold water
10ish cherries, pitted and smashed

Combine all ingredients in you pitcher or serving container and give it a stir. 

Cherry Simple Syrup
makes 2 cups
25 cherries, pitted and sliced
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

In a sauce pan stir together your ingredients and heat it over a med-high heat until is comes to a slow boil. Turn the heat down to low, allow to simmer for 10 minutes or so. Allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. 

It should last a week in the refrigerator, but mine is always gone within 2 days, so I make no promises. 

 Thirst quenching goodness!


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