Cherry Lemon Cooler
A delicious, sparkling sweet cherry and tart lemon beverage. Serve in stemmed glasses garnished with whole cherries and a sprig of fresh mint for a lovely presentation.
3 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup Northwest fresh sweet cherries, halved and pitted*
1 cup fresh lemon juice, refrigerated
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 into container with tight fitting lid; discard cherries. Refrigerate syrup until cold.
- Fill a tall 12 to16-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.
Makes 2 servings.
*Substitute with frozen cherries when fresh are unavailable.
Tip: Leftover syrup may be stored, refrigerated, up to one week.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): 140 Cal., 0 g pro., 0 g fat, 37 g carb., 0 mg chol., 1 g fiber, 28 mg sodium.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Washington State Fruit Commission.