Sweet & Sour Cherry Lemonade – Summer Drink Recipe

It’s cherry season! This is one of our favorite times of the year, especially Papa Natural because cherries are his absolute favorite fruit. In fact, every other year we go to northern Michigan and go cherry picking to stock up on their goodness.

I love all of the different varieties of cherries, from Black Beauties to Queen Anne’s, Rainer, and Tart. Some of the orchards also sell the most delicious tart cherry juice concentrate!

Tart cherry juice is a great sleep promoter!

I love drinking this juice in the summer and it’s wonderful for people who have trouble sleeping since tart cherries have a high concentration of melatonin of any other food.

Here’s a post I wrote about how tart cherry juice can help kids (and you) sleep longer.

Summertime is the right time for yummy drinks

Of course, being a nursing mama, anytime is the right time for something refreshing!

We recently shared this Iced Blackberry Mojito Green Tea recipe. I also love drinking my Liver Love brew on ice, as well as lemonade, kombucha, and I could go on.

Here’s a new summer drink recipe

Unlike most juices, this drink isn’t overly sweet or loaded with fructose.

Did you know that a cup of orange juice contains around 4-5 oranges? That’s a lot of sugar – even if it’s natural.

In contrast, a serving of this Sweet and Sour Cherry Lemonade contains the equivalent of 1 serving (or cup) of cherries, and a few tablespoons of low-sugar lemon juice. So, you can enjoy this juice without worrying about a blood sugar spike and crash later.

Sweet & Sour Cherry Lemonade Ingredients

  • 4 cups of organic cherries, cut and pitted
  • 4 lemons juiced, about 1/2 cup liquid
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 15 drops stevia or 1 TB raw honey

Sweet & Sour Cherry Lemonade Directions

  1. Wash your cherries and remove all of the fruit from around the pit and put in bowl. Or you can use this cherry pitter.
  2. Add your 4 cups of cut up cherries to your blender.
  3. Next, juice your 4 lemons with a fine-mesh strainer. You should collect about 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Add this to your blender as well.
  4. Add your 1 TB raw honey or 15 drops of stevia. If you add honey, blend your concoction for about 5-10 seconds now. Then add your 3 cups of filtered water. If you add stevia, you don’t have to pre-blend. Just add your water and blend for about 30 seconds.
  5. Then drain your juice through your fine-mesh strainer and store in a glass container. A Mason jar works wonderfully.
  6. Serve juice over ice or with add a 1/3 cup of club soda to 2/3 juice for a bubbly treat.
  7. Makes 36 ounces of juice, about 4-6 servings.

What to do with that cherry pulp?

Don’t throw it out – you’ll break Papa Natural’s heart! He likes to eat it with yogurt and raw honey for a healthy breakfast or snack. You can also use the pulp in cookies or muffins.

How about YOU?

What are your go-to summer drinks? Share with us in the comments below!

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.


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  1. Love the articles, my Cavassa flour and gold fish shaped cookie cutter arrived this morning… Can’t wait to make gold fish crackers with toddler.

  2. Hi! Absolutely love your blog! I wanted to ask you about water filters since I see you use filtered water on your recipes. I’ve been looking for one but there are so many different options… Right now we are using spring water, but I’d like to reduce the amount of plastic containers that we consume by switching to filtered tap water… Thanks!

  3. I finally had time to make this, and I must say it was really good, really good on some ice 🙂 thanks so much for this post, will make again for sure!

  4. I am originally from Northern Michigan and this post just made me so homesick! In a good way 😉 very, very fond memories of spending summers cherry picking. I never realized how great it was to grow up there until leaving and moving to a city 🙂

    • It’s so fun 🙂 Northern Michigan is soooo pretty in the summer.

  5. I am absolutely making this! I, too, have many fond memories of summers spent in Northern Michigan eating cherry everything. Can I ask where you visit? We always go to Beulah just southwest of Traverse City. It’s a long haul from Boston where I live now, but so worth it.

    • We go to Torch Lake which is about an hour away from Traverse City 🙂

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