The berries of the season have arrived and are ready to be picked and packed away; savored now and throughout the year. For years, the county had a shortage of pick-your-own cherry trees, but farmers have increased the number of cherry trees they grow. This means no longer is there a mad rush the first morning the cherries are ready to be picked. Now, picking berries can be a calm, relaxing event.
This year, I began to use the fruit in drinks and discovered a cherry limeade does not need added sugar when made with sweet cherries. Just puree the berries (about 1/2 cup) add the juice of half a lime and pour over ice. It is that simple, healthy, and refreshing. I have also tried blueberry lemonade and am looking to find a recipe incorporating raspberries.
Next time you are at the store or the farm, choose a fruit and make a fruit-flavored beverage. It will be better than any flavored fruit beverage available in the store.
Sorry for the delay in posting. I had to get to the store to purchase more fruit so I could take a photo!