The kids are officially out of school and hot summer temperatures are just around the corner, or, already here if this week’s weather forecast is any indicator. What that means is that it is time for sunscreen, BBQs and lemonade! And I don’t mean just any kind of lemonade (even though you’d be hard-pressed to find one that I don’t like) but this Easy Homemade Cherry Lemonade! It is, as the name implies, incredibly easy to make and is a good project if you’re looking for a little summer activity to keep those kids occupied.
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Tip: Try using a Lemon Squeezer or if you don’t have one hand, just use the (although messier) tried-and-true squeezing method.
Every year I experiment a little more with how I make lemonade in hopes of finding that perfect concoction that the family can’t get enough of. This time, however, I just so happened to have a leftover jar of maraschino cherry juice after the kids had gotten into, and eaten all of the cherries. I had no idea what I was going to use the juice for until it came time for a lemonade experiment session and that is how this cherry lemonade was born!
I know that some people insist on making simple syrup with their sugar and some water by boiling it to ensure that the sugar dissolves quickly but I’m too impatient for that. Other people just toss the sugar into the cold water and stir (which I have done in the past) but, again, I am too impatient to wait for the sugar to dissolve since it seems to take a bit longer in cold water. I decided on a happy medium and dissolved ¾ C. sugar in ¾ C. hot water. This did the trick so this recipe reflects that method but if you prefer other methods, knock yourself out!
So, without further ado, let’s get to it!
Easy Homemade Cherry Lemonade
- 1 C Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (About 4-5 Large Lemons)
- ¾ C White Sugar
- 5-6 C Cold Water
- ¼ C Cherry Juice I used juice from a jar of maraschino cherries.
- 1/8 tsp Vanilla
In a small, separate dish, add ¾ C. sugar and ¾ C. hot water and let sit and dissolve, stirring occasionally.
Next, using a lemon juicer or your hands, squeeze the lemons until you have 1 C. lemon juice. Strain for seeds and pulp if necessary.
Pour the lemon juice, cherry juice, vanilla and dissolved sugar mixture into your pitcher and stir thoroughly.
Finally, add 5-6 C. of cold water (5 C. if you are adding ice).
Give yourself a High-Five and Enjoy!
If you’re looking for more summer treats that will satisfy a crowd for your next party try my Best Chewy Monster Cookies recipe or if you’re looking for a side dish for your upcoming 4th of July party be sure to try my 5-Ingredient Ranch Pasta Salad.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions so, let me know what you think!