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Refreshing Cherry Lemonade, my go to recipe!

Cherry Lemonade

A refreshing cherry lemonade, perfect for summer!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword lemonade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


For the Cherry Syrup:

  • 3 cups sweet cherries pitted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the Lemonade:

  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fine sugar
  • 4 cups cold water


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, simmer cherries, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Once cherries are broken down and liquid is syrup-like, remove from heat. This is about 30 minutes.
  2. Strain cherry syrup and discard skins.
  3. Make lemonade by adding lemon juice, sugar, and cold water. Stir well.
  4. Pour cherry syrup into the bottom of each glass (about 1/4 cup) and finish with lemonade.
  5. Garnish with maraschino cherries and lemon slices.

Recipe Notes

You can also mix the cherry syrup with the lemonade in a pitcher instead of serving layered-style.