It’s the Wednesday before a holiday weekend (here in the U.S.) and we all have picnics and cookouts to plan, so let’s make this brief, cool? I have mint totally coming out of my ears right now, especially since I killed off my jalapeno and bell pepper plans (RIP), on account of neglect, a few dry days and just overall forgetting they were even on our side patio (whoops!). The two remaining, hearty potted plants I have left are a decent amount of pretty basil leaves and this mint that is just overtaking the entire pot they are sharing. I know that mint is pretty easy to take care of and usually survives a lot of the up and down temps here in the Midwest, but little did I know that I would end up with just SO much of it. My initial reaction was the throw a mojito party, (please come help me drink them!), but I knew I needed another way to use up the bevvy of mint I have going. Since the cherries are in their heyday right now, they seemed like a perfect pairing with the fresh mint and blended into tart lemonade. Summer in a glass!
You can make this cherry mint lemonade with or without alcohol, it’s all up to you! I made this cherry lemonade with the intention of being a straight up lemonade recipe, rather than a cocktail, but when I posted a teaser picture of this on Facebook yesterday, someone asked if it was ‘with voddy?’. I thought, um, you know what, yes, yes please serve this with some voddy (vodka) and call it a night. This is like the perfect day to night dress you have in your closet, plain and businesslike during the day, but can be made into ‘Ohh girl you look good!’ accessory for a nighttime barbecue.
I just started comparing lemonade and dresses, so it’s time to sign off and start thinking about the weekend! I’m ready for cherry wine and lots of chocolate chip cookies on the patio. Enjoy the weekend friends, I’ll be back next week with an ice cream recipe inspired by my favorite Wisconsin cocktail.
I love the flavors in this summertime lemonade, especially when cherries are at the peak of ripeness and sweetness. Sub in honey for the agave or adjust the amount of water according to your personal preference. I prefer mine a bit more diluted, but if you want more punch, add less water!
- 2 cups cherries
- Juice of 4 lemons
- 3 cups of cold water
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 1/3 cup mint
- In a blender, blend together all of the ingredients until combined. Serve cold over ice and add vodka, if that’s your style!