8/2/13

Homemade Cherry Lemon Cooler

 
We are just in love with cherries this summer and love finding some great recipes for them. This cherry lemon cooler is so refreshing. I had one waiting for my husband after he mowed the lawn. He said it was perfect! Be sure to check out our other cherry recipe this summer: Cherry Quinoa Main Dish.

You can get delicious cherries at Market Street through the middle to end of August (depending on how popular they are).

Did you know cherries are a natural anti-inflammatory? A study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) confirms that cherries may help fight the inflammation of arthritis, heart disease and cancer.

Cherry Lemon Cooler
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh sweet cherries, halved and pitted
1 cup fresh lemon juice, refrigerated
Crushed ice
1 bottle (1 liter) club soda or seltzer
Northwest fresh sweet cherries with stems
4 long stems fresh mint

Combine water and sugar in small saucepan; add halved cherries. Bring mixture to boil; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Strain syrup; discard cherries. Refrigerate syrup until cold. Fill a tall 12 to 16-ounce glass with ice. Pour 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup syrup over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with cherries and mint.

Recipe courtesy of Northwest Cherries and the Washington State Fruit Commission

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: 140 Cal., 0 g pro., 0 g fat, 37 g carb., 0 mg chol., 1 g fiber,
28 mg sodium.

Tip: Leftover syrup may be stored, refrigerated, up to one week. (But it didn't last 24 hours in our house).


Ingredients: water, sugar, cherries halved and pitted, fresh lemon juice,
crushed ice, club soda, sweet cherries with stems, fresh mint.
 

Step 1: Combine water and sugar in small saucepan.


Note: you can substitute Splenda or Stevia for sugar.


Step 2: Add halved cherries. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.


Step 3: Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
 
 
Step 4: Strain syrup from the cherries. (Discard cherries or save them for a dessert topping.) That white thing in the syrup is a reflection of a rose and not some cloudy gunk :)


Step 5: Refrigerate syrup until cold.



Step 6: Fill a 12-16 oz glass with ice. Pour 1/4 cup lemon juice and
1/3 cup cherry syrup over ice and top with club soda.



Step 7: Garnish with cherries and mint.
 
 


Note: we added the mint into the drink and let it sit for a couple of hours. Mmmmm.....








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