PPQ: Cherry Lemonade for Emily

by Shawnda on June 17, 2012

in Beverages,Cherries,Fruit,Project Pastry Queen

Fresh Cherry Lemonade

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.

Congratulations to Emily! And thank you to A Gilt Nutmeg for coordinating and hosting this week!

Cherry Lemonade

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


  1. Heat water and sugar in a small sauce pan, just until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture turns clear.
  2. Pour into a blender and add the cherries.
  3. Blend for 10-15 seconds and pour through a fine strainer set over a pitcher.
  4. Using a spoon, press the solids to get all of the liquid out and then discard the solids.
  5. Add lemon juice to the pitcher and then add water to taste (3-4 cups is ideal).
  6. Serve over ice.


Yields: ~5-6 cups

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Connie June 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

I feel refreshed just from the picture! What a beautiful drink for any one who wishes to cool off with a soft drink.


2 Katrina June 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Oh my! I NEED this like….now! Yum!


3 Joanne June 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

MAJOR congrats to Emily! And damn does that look good. I’ve always been a pink lemonade kinda gal but I’m thinking cherry is the new pink.


4 Nikki June 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Now living in Mississippi, I’m having to get used to the new seasons and also noticed cherries already in bountiful supply, and completely affordable! I love this idea for cherry lemonade. It’s beautiful, too, Shawnda!


5 Emily -RufLove June 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm

You’re the best. Thanks for “bringing” something to Baby Ruf’s shower, Shawnda! I just happen to have a ton of cherries and lemons in my fridge AND I’m constantly on the hunt for non-alcoholic bevs. This should be perfect.


6 Ann P. June 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm

that’s gorgeous!! What a sweet gesture for Emily :)


7 kat June 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

perfect! so making this later!! :)


8 Elizabeth Y. June 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

OMG! I think i need that like……………….right now


9 izzy June 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Omgoodness! This is fantastic. I jut made it using leftover lemons and cherries. Cherries were so expensive! I didnt want them to go to waste. Knowing my kids this drink will not last an hour.


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