Featured Food: Cherries
For the cherry simple syrup:
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
2 dozen cherries (pitted/stems removed)
For the lemonade:
1 cup lemon juice
3-4 cups water
To make the cherry syrup, heat the water and sugar in a small saucepan, until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture turns clear. Pour into a blender and add the cherries. Blend for 10-15 seconds and pour through a fine strainer set over a pitcher.
Use a spoon to press out the juice and discard the leftover skins. Add lemon juice to the pitcher and then add water (3-4 cups) to taste. Serve over ice.
Recipe by Rachel Crockett