Another cherry recipe! I have very few drink recipes on the blog, something I should really work on....those I do are mostly alcoholic as well :-) Well, this one is alcohol free and healthy to boot! Simply fresh cherries, fresh lime juice, a minimal amount of sweetness and sparkling water. It's really refreshing and very *adult* like - I love that it's not overly sweet, even a bit tart....sigh, coming from someone who grew up drinking the sickly sweet orange/grape and lime Crush, this is a major development!! Plus, the whole recipe is only 86 calories, only 43 a glass :-)
Sparkling Cherry Limeade
makes 2 (or 1 large!)
• 3/4 - 1 cup fresh sweet cherries, washed and pitted
• 1 lime, juiced - sieve out bits
• 1 Tbsp syrup sweetener - I use light Sweet Freedom, you can use light agave or maple syrup instead.
• sparkling water
Place the cherries, lime juice and syrup into a blender and blend until smooth. Push through a fine sieve and discard the pulp. Distribute between 2 medium sized glasses and top up with chilled sparkling water, giving it a good stir. It will foam up, just let it die down and top up some more. Taste, and if you would like it sweeter simply add more syrup - a lot of the sweetness will depend on the cherries. Add some ice and if you like a slice of lime and a cherry for decoration :-)
Note - the "concentrate" does not keep well so use it right away!
....and a first for the blog - photo's taken OUTSIDE!! In typically comedic fashion I was literally running around trying to take these pictures outside fearing the fleeting Irish sun was going to disappear on me....
Son: "why are you running around???"
Me: "I'VE GOT TO GET THESE PICTURES TAKEN BEFORE IT CLOUDS OVER!!!"
Son: "good luck with that...."