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Sour Cherry Lemonade

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

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • servings: 6




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

Cook's Note

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


  1. Step 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. Step 2

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

  3. Step 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.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2011