Summer is the perfect time for enjoying delicious drinks like cherry lemonade. This recipe is refreshing and easy to make, so you can enjoy it anytime. The combination of sweet cherries and tart lemons is perfect for a hot day. So, gather your ingredients and get ready to drink in the summer sun.
Homemade Cherry Lemonade
This lemonade recipe is both tart and sweet, with a beautiful pink color that’s perfect for summer. It’s easy to make and can be easily tailored to your own taste. Whether you like it extra sweet or extra tart, this recipe is sure to please. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy the summer sun with a cold glass of cherry lemonade!
- 4 -5 cups water
- 1 1⁄4 cups lemon juice (bottled or fresh)
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 ounces maraschino cherry juice, approximately
- You can use maraschino or lemon to garnish
1. Combine water, sugar and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
2. Cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
3. Remove from heat and add the cherry juice.
4. Pour into glasses and garnish with cherries or lemons, if desired.
This refreshing cherry lemonade is the perfect summer drink! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's sure to be a hit with everyone. Serve it at your next barbecue or pool party and watch it disappear!
Recipe notes and helpful tips
– You can use either fresh or bottled lemon juice for this recipe. If using fresh lemons, you’ll need about 4-5 to get 1 cup of juice.
– Maraschino cherry juice can be found in the cocktail aisle of most supermarkets.
– Garnish your drinks with a cherry or a slice of lemon for a pretty touch.
– This lemonade can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Just give it a good stir before serving.
– If you like your drinks a little sweeter, feel free to add more sugar to taste.
If you want your lemonade to be extra refreshing, add a few slices of fresh ginger or mint leaves to the pitcher. Or, for a fun twist, try adding a splash of sparkling water or club soda. This will give it a little fizz and make it even more refreshing!
How Long Will homemade lemonade last?
Properly stored, homemade lemonade will last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.
FAQs about Lemonade
How do you make orange lemonade?
To make orange lemonade, simply substitute fresh orange juice for the cherry juice in the recipe. You can also add a few drops of orange extract or essential oil to give it a boost of flavor.
How do you make pink lemonade?
There are a few ways to make pink lemonade. One is to add a few drops of red food coloring to the lemonade. Another is to add a splash of grapefruit juice or cranberry juice. Or, for a natural option, you can add a few tablespoons of strawberry puree.
How do you make sugar free lemonade?
To make sugar free lemonade, simply substitute an artificial sweetener for the sugar in the recipe. You can use any type of artificial sweetener that you like, such as stevia, Sucralose or aspartame. Just be sure to add it to taste, as some artificial sweeteners can be quite intense.
Can I make lemonade with honey?
Yes, you can make lemonade with honey instead of sugar. Just be sure to use a mild-flavored honey, as some types can overpower the flavor of the lemonade. Start with 1/2 cup of honey and add more to taste. You may also need to add a little extra water to thin it out, as honey is thicker than sugar.
Is it OK to drink lemonade that was left out overnight?
It’s not recommended to drink lemonade that was left out overnight, as bacteria can start to grow in it. If you do decide to drink it, be sure to give it a good stir and check for any signs of spoilage, such as mold or an off odor. If in doubt, throw it out!
Is lemonade healthier than soda?
Lemonade is generally healthier than soda, as it doesn’t contain any added chemicals or artificial sweeteners. However, it does have a fair amount of sugar, so it’s best to enjoy it in moderation. If you’re looking for a healthier option, try making sparkling water with a squeezed lemon wedge. It has the same refreshing flavor without all the sugar!
Can bacteria grow in lemon juice?
Lemon juice is a natural preservative and does not support the growth of bacteria. However, it can become contaminated if it comes into contact with contaminated surfaces or utensils. It’s important to clean all surfaces and utensils thoroughly before use and to make sure your lemon juice is stored in a clean, airtight container.
Is lemonade good for your stomach?
Lemonade can be good for your stomach as it can help to settle an upset stomach and aid in digestion. However, if you have a lemon allergy, you should avoid drinking lemonade as it can cause stomach pain and other digestive issues. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to speak to your doctor before drinking lemonade.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe for easy cherry lemonade. It’s perfect for a hot day or when you need something refreshing and light, and it’s so simple that anyone can make it. If you give it a try, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for reading!