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2 lb fresh or thawed frozen sour cherries (1 qt), stemmed and pitted
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups vodka (optional)
2 to 3 cups chilled sparkling water
fresh sour cherries with stems, garnish
- Blend cherries in a blender at low speed until skins have broken down enough to brightly color liquid.
- Pour through a sieve into a 2-quart pitcher, pressing on and discarding solids. Add lemon juice and sugar (to taste), stirring until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour 3 tablespoons vodka (if using) into each of 8 tall (10-ounce) glasses filled with ice. Add 1/2 cup cherry lemonade to each and top off with sparkling water.
Make ahead: Sour cherry lemonade can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.
- Drinks, Cocktails
- North American