This all natural sour cherry slushy has only four ingredients. Minimally sweetened, super simple, and deliciously refreshing.
I love running in almost any weather — icy conditions being the one exception. I started running during the summer, long hikes that turned into slow, plodding awkward runs. Perhaps because that seed was planted in me, I actually kind of LOVE running in hot, sticky weather. Call my crazy – Jason does. The only part I don’t like about it is having to wash my hair more often, which just strips it dry.
Anyways, I headed out for a trot recently and it was even a little too muggy for me. While I was shuffling along, I started dreaming of cold things. Popsicles. Beer. Fizzy water. Slushies. It thankfully started to rain, which made the run more tolerable.
But I still had slushies on the brain, so much so that when I returned from my run I immediately set about making some. They were the easiest treats ever. I started by pitting some cherries, pureeing them, and then passing the puree through a fine mesh sieve to get rid of all the cherry skins. It was pretty much cherry juice at that point, about two cups of it. It fit perfectly into a regulation 16 pit ice tray. Once the cherry juice cubes were nice and solid, I tossed them into a blender with some fresh lemon juice, water, and a little sugar.
I tried to be one of those no-sweetener added people. I really did. But it was not to be for this recipe. And I’m totally okay with that. But if you are on the no-sweetener added train, by all means, omit the sugar. They are actually quite a bit slushier than they appear in the photos, but they’d gotten a little melty while I was taking photos. I also had the AC off (don’t ask me why), which didn’t help with the heat any.
This sweet fruity babies however, will fo sho chill you out.
Sour Cherry Slushies
- 1 1/2 lbs cherries
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
Yeilds about four 6 oz servings.
- Pit the cherries and puree them. Pour the puree through a fine mesh sieve to get rid of any solids or skins.
- Pour the now-cherry juice into a 16-cube ice tray. Freeze till solid
- Once solid, combine the cherry ice cubes in a blender with the the lemon juice, water, and sugar.
- Serve with love.
P.S. Y’all, my husband just finished his first Ironman and I’m soooooo proud of him. Here is a crappy screenshot of the finish line feed. I wasn’t able to go to the race, but I was the silent team member though months and months of training. Go Jason!!! ✨✨