Extra Sour Cherry Basil Limeade

Tags: Drinks, Food Rush
Refreshing Limeade on a Farm
  • Servings: 1 Pitcher
  • Difficulty: Easy
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    Ingredients Print Recipe

  • 1 pound fresh Cherries, pitted (3 cups)
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh Lime Juice (from 8-10 Limes)
  • 2 cups Sparkling Water
  • 1/2 cup superfine Sugar
  • 1 cup picked Basil
  • Garnish: Fresh sour (tart) Cherries
  • Fresh dried peaches


For the syrup, in a medium saucepan, simmer three cups pitted cherries, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice over medium heat until cherries are broken down and juicy, and liquid is syrupy, about 30 minutes. Strain cherries and syrup through a fine sieve; discard solids and let cool completely.

Fill a large pitcher with ice cubes. Add sparkling water, lime juice, 1/2 cup superfine sugar and basil; and 1/2 cup cherry syrup; stir to combine.

Garnish with fresh cherries and dried peaches. Serve and enjoy.

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