Fizzy Sour Cherry Lemonade

We've spiked this lemonade with white rum to make a refreshing summer cocktail, but you can omit the alcohol. One batch will completely[ fill your blender, so if you need more, make multiple batches rather than doubling or tripling the recipe.]

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
15 min

Yield:
16 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds fresh or thawed frozen sour cherries (2 quarts), stemmed
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups superfine sugar
  • 3 cups white rum (optional)
  • 4 to 6 cups chilled sparkling water
  • Fresh sour cherries with stems, for garnish
Directions

Blend cherries (including pits) in a blender at low speed until skins have broken down enough to brightly color liquid (some of pits will be coarsely chopped). Pour through a sieve into a 4-quart pitcher, pressing on and discarding solids. Add lemon juice and sugar, to taste, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

Pour 3 tablespoons white rum, if using, into each of 16 tall (10-ounce) glasses filled with ice. Add 1/2 cup cherry lemonade to each and top off with sparkling water.

Cooks' note: Sour cherry lemonade can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.


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