Baby it's HOT outside!
I think we finally caught up to the rest of the country and joined the heat wave party! We've been in triple digits for well over a week straight and there is no end in site.
Time for some refreshments!
How would you like to cool off with a homemade drink made from one of the season's best fruits...cherries? Sounds good, doesn't it.
Yesterday, we had a pool party and a grill night to keep cool in the scorching 107 degree heat. The Cherryade was the most refreshing drink to have sitting around the pool. It was fruity and sweet, with a splash of sparkling water. I'm in love with this drink.
I first tried this drink a week ago during a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma where we were creating recipes with fruit. This was a huge hit with me and I immediately put it on my "to make" list for the following weekend. Do you have a "to make" list? Mine is getting kinda big....I guess I need to either cook more often, or just stop eating...not sure which!
The recipe may seem a little involved, but it's really rather easy to make. TIP #1: Make a big batch and use what you need, by the glass. The cherry concentrate will stay fresh in the frig for a few days. TIP #2: Blend the entire concentrate with ice cubes in the blender until they are crushed and you have a slushy consistency. Then add the sparkling water just before serving.
This is soooo refreshing, you will never want to buy store bought cherry juice again! So buy some of this season's wonderful cherries as cherry season is almost over. Both Red and Rainer cherries will work perfectly in this drink. You might also want to invest in a cherry pitter. They are handy little gadgets and make pitting cherries an easy and quick task. Oxo make a good one and you can purchase it here. It's great as an olive pitter too!
Relax with your Cherryade, on the porch, trying to catch a breeze in this heat...and savor the summer...and the cherries!
2 1/2 cups Bing or Rainier cherries, pitted
1/4 cup sugar
1 fresh thyme sprig
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Ice as needed
Splash of club soda (soda water) (I used sparkling water)
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cherries, sugar, thyme and water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cherries have softened, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Discard the thyme, then transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Stir in the lime juice and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.Fill individual Collins glasses with ice. Fill each glass one-third full with the cherry mixture and top with club soda. Serves 6 to 8.
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