- Active time:20 min
- Start to finish:20 min
We've spiked this lemonade with vodka 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.
fresh or thawed frozen sour cherries (1 qt), stemmed
fresh lemon juice
3/4 to 1
2 to 3
chilled sparkling water
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 2-quart pitcher, pressing on and discarding solids. Add lemon juice and sugar (to taste), stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Pour 3 tablespoons vodka (if using) into each of 8 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.