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Sour Cherry Lemonade

Cherries get boiled down into a sweet syrup that's then stirred into the tart lemonade.

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  • Servings: 6
Sour Cherry Lemonade

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2011


For the syrup

  • 1 pound fresh sour (tart) cherries (or drained thawed frozen), pitted (3 cups)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

For the lemonade

  • Ice cubes
  • 4 cups club soda
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from 8 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • Garnish: fresh sour (tart) cherries


  1. Make the syrup: Simmer
    cherries, granulated sugar, water,
    and lemon juice in a medium
    saucepan over medium heat
    until cherries are broken down
    and juicy and liquid is syrupy,
    about 30 minutes.

  2. Strain cherries and syrup
    through a fine sieve; discard
    solids. Let cool completely.

  3. Make the lemonade: Fill a
    large pitcher with ice. Add club
    soda, lemon juice, superfine
    sugar, and 1/2 cup cherry syrup;
    stir to combine. Garnish with
    fresh cherries. Divide lemonade
    among glasses.

Cook's Note

Serving Idea: Spike glasses of lemonade with vodka for a refreshing cocktail.

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