We interrupt your regularly-scheduled Project Pastry Queen for a celebration! Emily of Ruf Love and her husband are expecting a sweet baby boy this summer and A Gilt Nutmeg (another Emily – we have 3!) is hosting a virtual shower filled with fabulous baby shower eats to celebrate.
I chose to make Cherry Lemonade. Because every pregnant woman deserves a refreshing beverage… even if, for a few more months, it can’t be as “frosty” as she’d like it to be 🙂
Beautiful, sweet red cherries have been plentiful – and super affordable – in our grocery store the last couple of weeks. And few things offer relief from the summer heat quite like a tall glass of lemonade.
We blended up a cherry-infused simple syrup and poured that into our favorite homemade lemonade. Not too sweet, not too tart, and wonderfully refreshing.
Fresh cherries and lemons make the ultimate homemade pink lemonade.
- For the cherry simple syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar (or the equivalent of your favorite sweetener)
- 2 dozen cherries, pitted and stems removed
- For the lemonade:
- 1 recipe cherry simple syrup
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 3-4 cups water
- Heat water and sugar in a small sauce pan, just until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture turns clear.
- Pour into a blender and add the cherries.
- Blend for 10-15 seconds and pour through a fine strainer set over a pitcher.
- Using a spoon, press the solids to get all of the liquid out and then discard the solids.
- Add lemon juice to the pitcher and then add water to taste (3-4 cups is ideal).
- Serve over ice.
Yields: ~5-6 cups
Estimated time: 15 minutes