The girls have been enjoying the cherries that we picked recently at Grandma’s house. It took a few days before they were really ripe enough to eat. Once they had ripened though, it wasn’t too long before they then started to become a little overripe! We had picked quite a lot from the tree – more than we really wanted to eat. I didn’t want to end up wasting them though, so decided to try making cherry lemonade with them.
2 large handfuls of cherries (pitted)
1) Juice the lemon.
2) Place the pitted cherries, lemon juice and sugar in a blender and whizz until smooth.
3) Strain into a jug.
4) Add the water and mix.
The cherry lemonade we made was refreshing without being too sharp. The taste of cherries was quite subtle. If you like your lemonade a little sharper or a stronger taste of cherries than you can increase the quantities of lemon juice and/or cherries to taste.
It was lovely to sit in the garden and enjoy a glass of home-made cherry lemonade in the sunshine. It was the perfect way of using up the excess cherries. It’s something I will definitely try making again. The birds have almost certainly now eaten the remaining cherries on Grandma’s cherry tree though so we’ll have to try it with some shop-bought ones instead. I may also try experimenting with different fruit to see which flavours we like best.
Have you made fruity lemonade before? What combination of flavours have you tried?
This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.