Cherries contain fibre, protein, vitamins A and C, antioxidants and carotenoids. Among other health benefits, cherries relieve symptoms of arthritis and inflammation; lower the risk of heart disease, strokes and colon cancer; cherries are also a natural source of melatonin (to make you sleep better, my child); lower blood sugar levels in diabetes; and help to improve one’s memory.
Cherry and gin lemonade
- 350g cherries, pitted + extra, to garnish
- 100g sugar
- 250ml (1 cup) water
- 125ml (½ cup) gin
- 1L lemonade
- sparkling water (optional)
- crushed ice, to serve
- fresh mint leaves, to serve
Run the cherries through a juicer to make the juice. (you can freeze the pulp for later use.
Bring the sugar, water and cherry juice to a boil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium and allow the mixture to simmer until it becomes syrupy, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Pour the cherry syrup into a jug, followed by the gin. Top up with lemonade and sparkling water, if desired, and stir until combined. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with the extra cherries and mint leaves.
Recipe and styling by Nomvuselelo Mncube
Photograph by Dylan Swart