This Cherry Lemonade is made from lemons, cherries, and water, and with certain sweeteners such as organic cane sugar or agave.  Your recipe is going to be more delightful by using fresh locally-grown cherries and lemons. I assure you that you will enjoy this recipe, filled with flavorful goodness.

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Cherry Lemonade

Keep your summer drink selection delicious and refreshing with this Cherry Lemonade. Instead of making this lemonade with white sugar, I use organic cane sugar or agave nectar. Furthermore, I add mint and ginger to provide additional flavor profiles.

Cherry Juice Benefits

Cherries are enriched with anthocyanins, potassium, quercetin, and vitamin c. Melatonin is present in tart cherries, and this hormone, quickly absorbed in the body, has a significant role in the sleep-wake cycle. Cherries work as a supplement of melatonin if you take its extract twice a day. They also have a role in regulating your blood pressure because of quercetin and potassium antioxidant.

Cherries are also helpful in reducing uric acid and body inflammation.  A recent study has proved that taking tart cherries regularly in a week can significantly lower muscle soreness. In addition, the deep red color of cherries owe to anthocyanins might assist you in combating cancer. It also has the potential to enhance your body’s metabolism along with a reduction in fat storage.

Benefits of Mint Leaves

Although mint is optional to your recipe, try to use it as it is low in calories and high in manganese, minerals, potassium, vitamin C and A. It alleviates headaches, stomach pains, digestion and can give you relief from tension and asthma. In addition, your airways can ease breathing by using peppermint. I just love its smell and calming effect. I hope you will also love its usage.

Lemon Nutrition Facts

Lemons originate from India, then spreading globally to temperate and tropical regions of the world. They were sought after by early sailors to prevent or treat Vitamin C deficiency, also known as scurvy.

It is grown on an evergreen shrub and the tree produces ripe yellow fruits practically all year round. It is highly prized in the manufacturing industry for lemon oil, lemon juice, pectin, and citric acid.

Medicinally, lemons have been used for centuries. They have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemons contain vitamin C or ascorbic acid, citric acid (gives lemons a sour taste), flavonoids, Vitamin B complex, potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, phosphorus, iron, and fiber.

The fruit is low in calories – 29 calories per 100 grams – contains no saturated fats, nor cholesterol. Although lemon is acidic when eaten, it has an alkalizing and purifying effect on the blood.

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How To Pick Lemons?

You will need whole fresh lemons. You can use a medium-sized lemon for this recipe. When buying lemons, you have to keep the following things in mind. Firstly, the color of the lemon should be perfectly yellow. There should not be green or brown spots on it. Because we are going to use the whole lemon for this recipe, you wouldn’t want to use a lemon with fungus on it. It is best to purchase organic lemons for this recipe

Furthermore, when picking up a lemon, make sure you press your thumb lightly against it. It should be firm and hard. Avoid lemons that are soft, mushy, or have dried skin.

Cherry Lemonade Recipe

  • Cherries – I used fresh cherries, but frozen cherries will work.
  • Water
  • Lemon juice – 4-5 lemons freshly juiced. You can substitute with lime as well.
  • Sweetener – I used organic agave but maple syrup, cane sugar or your other favorite sweetener is fine.
  • Ginger
  • Mint

How To Make Cherry Lemonade?

  • Start by squeezing the lemons, making about 1/2 cup of lemon juice, and set aside.
  • Wash and remove the pits from the cherries. Add the cherries to a high-speed blender, along with water, lemon juice, and ginger, and process until smooth.
  • Using a fine-mesh strainer or nut milk bag, strain the cherry mixture into a pitcher and discard the residue.
  • Add sweetener to taste and stir well. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill it. If you are serving immediately, you can add some ice to the pitcher or each glass of lemonade. 
  • Add some mint leaves, cherries, or lemon slices to garnish, and serve!

Health Benefits of Vitamin C

The most commonly known component of lemon is vitamin C, and for good reason. This vitamin is vital for your body’s function and benefits so many different systems.

Vitamin C is essential for the production of several compounds, such as collagen, which is good for keeping your skin elastic and is an essential element of connective tissue, muscles, bones, and other organ tissues. Collagen is also necessary for wound healing, meaning that keeping up your vitamin C intake may speed up healing.

It also helps with iron absorption, making it important for anemic individuals who are trying to increase their iron intake through their diet.

The antioxidants in vitamin C are good for preventing cell damage and lowering inflammation. These two benefits can affect or prevent many diseases, including possibly defending against cancer cells.

Vitamin C has many other applications it could be great for. Some examples are diabetes, macular degeneration, allergies, and asthma.

The absolutely most popular benefit of vitamin C is for the common cold and flu. Vitamin C works best if you have it on a daily basis so that your immune system stays strong and can fight off colds.

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 141 kcal / 589 kJ
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Carbs: 33 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • For: 4 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Start by squeezing the lemons, making about 1/2 cup of lemon juice, and set aside.
  2. Wash and remove the pits from the cherries. Add the cherries to a high-speed blender, along with water, lemon juice, and ginger, and process until smooth.
  3. Using a fine-mesh strainer or nut milk bag, strain the cherry mixture into a pitcher and discard the residue.
  4. Add sweetener to taste and stir well. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill it. If you are serving immediately, you can add some ice to the pitcher or each glass of lemonade. 
  5. Add some mint leaves, cherries, or lemon slices to garnish, and serve!
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.