Cherry Lemon Cooler
A refreshing beverage made with a cherry lemon simple syrup. A wonderful way to enjoy seasonal fresh cherries.
3 cups water
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 cup fresh sweet cherries, halved and pitted
1 cup fresh lemon juice, refrigerated
1 bottle (1 liter) club soda or seltzer
fresh sweet cherries with stems
4 long stems fresh mint
Combine water and sugar in small saucepan; add halved cherries. Bring mixture to boil; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Strain syrup into container with tight fitting lid; discard cherries. Refrigerate syrup until cold.
Fill a tall 12 to 16-ounce glass with ice. Pour 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup syrup over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with cherries and mint.
Leftover syrup may be stored, refrigerated, up to one week.
Per Serving: 140 calories, 0 g protein, 0 g fat, 37 g carbohydrate, 0 mg cholesterol:, 1 g fiber, 28 mg sodium.