Cherry Syrup Lemonade…two ways

 Hello friends, I hope your week is going well.  

 We’re currently experiencing our first heat wave here in 
Ontario; which means finding ways to stay cool and hydrated.

When I think of a cool refreshing drink for summer,  I immediately think of 
lemonade and of course an ice cold Diet Coke, but I need to work on that bad habit :( 

In trying to keep a healthy low sugar diet, I have written two different 
lemonade recipes.  Both using fresh cherries to spice it up a bit…

Cherry Syrup Lemonade (the traditional way)

1 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup of sugar
3 quarts of water
Mix together and stir until sugar dilutes 

Cherry Syrup
1 lb bag of cherries pitted (you can use sour cherries for a tangier taste) 
1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Combine ingredients and simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain and reserve syrup. Allow to cool

Serve lemonade over ice and add syrup to taste, stir and enjoy!
(note: you can replace the sugar for the syrup with Sucanat)

The key to the healthier alternative is to make single servings using a sweetener like Stevia drops

Lemonade (the healthy version)
Juice from half a lemon
1 cup of water
Stevia drops to taste

Cherry Syrup
3/4 cup of cherries pitted and mashed
3/4 cup of water

Simmer cherries in water for 15 minutes, drain and reserve syrup.  Allow to cool in fridge.
(note: by mashing the cherries, you will release some of its natural fructose which will sweeten the water naturally)

Serve over ice and combine lemonade and cherry syrup to taste, stir and enjoy!

 I look forward to this time of year to enjoy the taste of cherries….

And did you know that cherries are as effective in getting rid of a headache as aspirin?  They are very rich in anti-oxidants, particularly in melatonin, which can cross the blood brain barrier easily and produces soothing effects on brain neurons. 

God sure knew what he was doing when he created nature! 

Go ahead and make yourself a nice tall glass of cold lemonade as either version will refresh you! 

Stay cool! 

much love,


  1. says

    Oh- That looks SOOO good! Do you know we are the cherry capital of the USA and they just announced that because of the early summer that it is the lowest production of cherries EVER. They are keeping them in WI instead of shipping them worldwide this year. Sad! xo Diana

    • Anonymous says

      I live in the Cherry Capitol, too. The early summer and drought sure has been heartbreaking for our farmers, big and small.

      I am going to try this recipe for sure. It sounds so delicious!

  2. says

    holy moly this looks amazing!! I am dying in this heatwave we’re having today and this would make the perfect drink to cool off with. Thank you for the recipe! cant wait to try it

  3. says

    Oh my goodness, those cherries look divine. So yummy. I live in Trinidad, so it is always hot…that drink looks absolutely delightful. Sure could use a drink right about now. AND the great thing is that we have a cherry tree! :)

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  4. says

    yum!!! i’m in Texas and it’s been super hot&muggy here- thanks for this post! i feel inspired to make, drink and serve a beverage healthier (and even a little more refreshing) than sweet tea and dr. pepper :) great recipe!

  5. says

    Looks quite delish! Last month for my son’s high school graduation party we made 5 gallons of blueberry lemonade (school colors were black & purple) that got rave reviews from the guests.

  6. Anonymous says

    I live in southeast Michigan so I’m feelin’ the heat along with you. AND I have fresh cherries in the fridge – thanks for the refreshing recipe! Joanie

  7. says

    I feel refreshed just looking at your pictures Lucy! These recipes sound great. I’m enjoying the wonderful fruits of the season.

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