Cherry Coconut Lemonade Recipe |  Coconut Water Recipes | Summer Drinks Recipes
We recently came back from our farm picking session with  6 -lb cherries. These were so deliciously sweet and to pop them into our mouth as and when we passed our kitchen counter seemed to the norm last couple of weeks. But being a foodie that I am, I could not help cooking with them. Seesh! I know!
Cherry Coconut Lemonade Recipe |  Coconut Water Recipes | Summer Drinks Recipes
With a half baked reasoning of "cherries-possibly-going-wasted" to my suspicious husband who looked like he could eat them all, I used a bunch of them to make us some fresh cherry Jam. Its a "no-recipe" recipe of cooking down the pitted fruit and then using 2/3rd of the cooked amount with sugar along with juice and zest of large lemon. When it gelled, I poured them in my sterilized glass jars which are sitting in my fridge right now. These are a welcome sight every morning/snack time :)
Cherry Coconut Lemonade Recipe |  Coconut Water Recipes | Summer Drinks Recipes
Inspite of this, my hands were still itching to use up some leftover cherries and this is where this lemonade comes into the picture (and pitcher!) When I think Summer, I think coconut water and lots of it. And Watermelon. Which is why I put these two together to make my Watermelon Breeze.  Using the same concept, I tried this Cherry Lemonade and oh boy! Am I glad or what!
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  • Serves: 6 people
  • Yields: Makes around 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 12 Oz fresh sweet Cherries, pitted
  • 2 tbsp Sugar, or to taste - see Tips
  • 3-4 cups Coconut Water, or to taste
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed Lemon juice, or to taste
  • Mint for Garnish
Tips
1. Sugar: I use Organic Cane Sugar but you can use any sweetener of your choice like Stevia, Honey, Agave etc. The amount will vary depending upon the sweetener, your taste as well as the sweetness of your cherries. Just add a little and then add, if needed, towards the end.
Method
1. Chop the pitted cherries coarsely.
2. Place it along with the sugar and 1/4 cup water in a med-hot saucepan
3. and cook until the sugar dissolves and the fruit looks soft.
4. Cool it and then place this mixture in a blender
5. Puree until smooth. Depending upon your blender, you might need to strain the puree. Mine does a pretty good job in processing this into a fine puree, skin et all and hence I never skin the fruit.
6. Pour this puree into a pitcher and add strained lemon juice to it.
7. Add the coconut water to it. Depending on your taste, you might need more/less coconut water and/or lemon juice and sugar.  For us, the cherries were pretty sweet and hence 2 tbsp of sugar was more than enough. The coconut water also adds to the sweetness.
Serve it chilled with additional ice cubes, garnished with some mint. Fresh tasting, cooling not to speak of nutritionally superior lemonade all ready to be enjoyed :) Cherry Coconut Lemonade Recipe |  Coconut Water Recipes | Summer Drinks Recipes

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6 Comments

By kirti on Jan 23, 2016

I am always in search of easy recipes and I am going to try this one. I have actually made one recipe where I have used Strawberry and mint. It was quite refreshing. I am soon going to try this one too.

By patricia swiger on Sep 18, 2014

:?: hi, i have never heard of coconut water, can you explain? and,where would i buy it at?

Coconut water is the water inside a tender coconut. You can either buy a coconut, break it open to pour out the liquid (which is absolutely delicious and better when chilled) or buy already packaged ones you get from the shops. Depending on the brand, quality and taste will differ. If you are tasting coconut water for the first time, I am biased towards the natural ones right from the coconut. The store bought prepackaged ones lose flavor. Only this brand seems to have earned raving reviews as tasting as the real thing. 100% Raw Coconut Water--DK

By Hari Chandana on Jun 13, 2014

delicious lemonade.. love the color :)

Thank you :) We loved the color as well. It looks even better in real; my photography doesnt do it justice--DK

By kurinji on Jun 12, 2014

healthy drink...

Yes, it is :) --DK

By Nancy Carlson on Jun 12, 2014

I just wanted to let you know that I think this sounds so delicious!! Thank you.. I pinned it for future reference. :-D

Thank you :) --DK

By Saumya on Jun 12, 2014

Do you use vitamix for recipes like this ? Thanks.