I have a weakness for fresh cherries. Luckily for me, they are everywhere this time of year here in the pacific northwest. Plus, since they are grown locally we can get them super fresh. This recipe can be used with frozen cherries just as easily though, so it will turn out great if that’s all you have as well. If you do use frozen just let them thaw for a bit first so they blend easier. I didn’t write in how much water to add to it because I don’t like drinks too sweet, so I don’t add as much syrup as some would. A nice way to serve drinks is to leave the syrup separate and have cold water or club soda and let everyone mix their own cup to their liking.
I made it for my daughter’s Mary Poppins birthday party recently (hence the cherry tree lane sign and lack of better picture…) but I’m sure we’ll be having it often!
5 cups fresh or frozen cherries, pitted
1 1/2 cups lime juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
Puree in a blender until smooth. Strain if desired. (My vitamix gets it pretty darn smooth so I don’t.)
Refrigerate until ready to use, then add water or club soda for a sparking limeade.