I’ve always loved the concept of pink lemonade, though I don’t love the concept of artificially colored food and drink (except when it comes to Skittles and Starburst and Jelly Belly — then I am powerless over their bright and joyful colors!). And like any other red-blooded American I also love Sonic cherry limeade.
But got-damn limes are expensive these days! So instead I’ve started making this cherry lemonade recipe. Since I drink like a quart of it a day (being pregnant and thirsty and unable to imbibe in a cold Coors any old time I please, either before or after noon) I’ve started making it with Xylitol.
Xylitol is one of those new sugar alcohol sweeteners available that have, like, a zero on the glycemic index but unlike other sweeteners, xylitol also actually prevents cavities. So basically you’ll be enjoying a refreshing drink while doing your chompers a solid if you make this lemonade with xylitol. But you can also totally use sugar. Or honey.
Try adding ginger to it, too, for a fancier ginger cherry lemonade!Print
Cherry Lemonade Recipe
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 6-8
- 1 cup fresh cherries (about 14 cherries)
- Optional: a few thin slices of fresh ginger root
- 1 cup very hot water
- 6 tablespoons Xylitol or sugar or honey
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 cups ice
- Rinse and stem cherries. Place 3-4 at a time on a cutting board and press on them with the flat side of a chef knife until crushed. Remove pits and coarsely chop cherries. Use a plastic cutting board unless you don’t mind pink stains on your wooden cutting board. And beware of cherry stains on your clothes.
- In a heat-proof pitcher, put hot water, cherries (ginger) and whatever sweetener you’re using. Stir until sweetener is dissolved.
- Add lemon juice, cold water and ice and stir until cold.
- Makes about 6 cups of cherry lemonade (6-8 servings)
For Ginger Cherry Lemonade:
Add 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger to ingredients list.
Steep ginger in hot water for 5 minutes. Strain into pitcher, discard ginger. Continue with recipe.
Xylitol can be found near the sugar in most groceries. The brand I found is called Ideal.
- Calories: 10