Drinks

July 16, 2020

Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade

Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade is a refreshing summer drink. Sweetened only with fruit, this drink is the perfect healthy choice.

Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade

When it's hot and sticky outside, it's so nice to have a cold, refreshing beverage.

Sadly, our grocery stores are FILLED with sugar-laden drinks. Almost all sodas, juices, and lemonades have tons of sugar. And even the few that are labeled "sugar-free" have chemicals and additives that create the illusion of sugar, but in reality are just as bad for you.

I don't know about you, but I'm over it. I just want a tasty drink that I can actually feel good about sipping all afternoon.

Enter: Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade.

It's a sweet-tart drink made only from plants!

And when I say "sugar-free" I mean it. No sugar. And no chemicals that artificially alter the flavor to taste sweet. We're talking 100% real food.

How is it sugar-free and still sweet?

There are two "secrets" in this drink that make it sugar-free AND sweet.

The first is obvious: cherries.

If we made regular lemonade, it would likely just be lemon juice and water. Not so sweet. But when we add cherries, not only do they add their unique flavor, they also bring a subtle sweetness to balance out the tart lemons.

The second is hidden, but is the best way to tailor this drink to your preferred sweetness level: date syrup.

Most of my sweet recipes have date syrup because it is one of the healthiest sweeteners there is.

Date syrup is made entirely from dates. It's not a refined, processed sweetener. It's natural. The sugars in the syrup WON'T spike your blood sugar like other sweetners.

Why? Fiber.

Without fiber sugars pass right through your system, elevating your blood sugar and giving you that sugar-high (and subsequent fall). Fiber helps release the sugars slowly, at an even pace, allowing you to enjoy sweetness without the crazy ups and downs of refined sugar.

The other great thing about date syrup in this recipe is that you can tailor it to your taste. Personally, I only added a small amount of date syrup because I wanted a tart drink. But you can customize your lemonade however you prefer.

This Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade is super simple to make. Let's run through the ingredients.

Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade

Ingredients

  • Frozen Cherries: Frozen cherries are absolutely the key to this recipe. To maximize the cherry flavor, we'll be microwaving the cherries so they release all of their juices.
  • Date Syrup: A NATURAL sweetener that you don't need to feel bad about eating. Customize your drink by adjusting the amount of date syrup you use.
  • Lemon Juice: Of course, it wouldn't be lemonade without lemon juice!
  • Water: We'll use a combination of boiling water and cold water to infuse flavors and ensure a proper flavor balance.

Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade

How to Make Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade

In a microwave-safe dish, heat the cherries on high for 1 minute. This will release their juices for maximum cherry flavor!

Soak the cherries and your desired amount of date syrup in 2 cups of boiling water for 10 minutes. It helps to add the date syrup to hot water so it completely dissolves. Strain and press the cherries for extra juice. Remember, we want as much cherry flavor in this lemonade as possible.

Add the lemon juice and 3 cups of cold water. Stir well. Taste for sweetness and add additional date syrup, if desired. Note that as the lemonade cools it will be harder to dissolve the date syrup.

Refrigerate for at least an hour, until the lemonade is cool. Enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for refreshing summer drinks. Thank you for satisfying our thirsts. Amen.

Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade

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Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade

Sugar-Free Cherry Lemonade is a refreshing summer drink. Sweetened only with fruit, this drink is the perfect healthy choice.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

4

Prep:

75

min

cook:

min

total:

75

min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Cherries
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Date Syrup +/- to taste
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 3 Cups Cold Water

Instructions

  1. In a microwave-safe dish, heat the cherries on high for 1 minute.
  2. Soak the cherries and date syrup in 2 cups of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and press the cherries for extra juice.
  3. Add the lemon juice and 3 cups of cold water. Stir well. Taste for sweetness and add additional date syrup, if desired.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour, until the lemonade is cool. Enjoy!

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August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography