Muddled cherries give this lemonade the perfect pink hue, without using anything artificial or sugar.
6 cups water
1/2 cup agave nectar
3 1-inch lemon peels
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 12 lemons)
1. In a small saucepan, combine agave, lemon peels and 1 cup water. Bring to a gentle boil over medium high heat. Simmer until agave is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
2. Muddle the cherries with a mortar and pestle. Add to a large pitcher. Add water and lemon juice.
3. Remove lemon peels from the agave water and add liquid to the pitcher. Stir to combine. Serve over ice in mason jars.
This recipe is adapted from my “Spanish Mama,” Julia Ruiz Blanco. Basically, this method calls for “poaching” shrimp in olive oil made fragrant with garlic and a bit of chili, and then just barely browning them.