What is your favorite summer drink? My mom has a few cherry trees, so this Sour Cherry Lemonade Concentrate recipe is one that I want to try this summer for sure! Make this syrup ahead of time and enjoy it on a hot summer’s day. If you’re on your own, add a few tablespoons to a glass of ice water, then refrigerate the rest for the next time you get thirsty. If you’re serving a crowd, pour the whole jar into a big pitcher and dilute to taste.
Sour Cherry Lemonade Concentrate Recipe
- 1 lb pitted sour cherries
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- Pinch salt Pinch
- Grated zest of 5 lemons, divided
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Prepare the jars and lids.
- In a large pot, combine the cherries, sugar, salt, zest of 3 lemons and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes to coerce the cherries into letting all their juice flow.
- Pour the cherry mixture into a fine-mesh sieve set over a deep container. Push down against the cherries to extract as much liquid as possible. Stir the remaining lemon zest and the lemon juice into the syrup.
- Pour syrup into the hot jars to within 1⁄2 inch (1 cm) of the rim. Wipe rims. Place the lids on the jars and screw the bands on until fingertip-tight. Process in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes.
Makes about three 1 pint jars.
If you don’t have a kitchen scale, you’ll need 3 cups pitted sour cherries for this recipe. To make 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice, you’ll need 8 or 9 lemons.
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amy tolley says
this is a great recipe drink ty for sharing
Doesn’t sound too hard. My two concerns are 1. canning – I’m afraid I’ll do it wrong and get botulism or something 2. lemon zest. Organic lemons are hard to come by and non organic ones are sprayed with all kinds of things. Since you use the peel (and the oils in the peel), this makes it worse. This is a shame since I love lemonade.
Well, I may have to go on a search for organic lemons and if I can’t can it, then I guess I’ll have to drink it! 🙂
Cynthia C says
This looks so refreshing. My local orchard just emailed me saying the sour cherries are ready!
Elizabeth H. says
This would be good to have on a hot summer day!! I love sour cherries!!