1 pound fresh CA cherries, washed and pitted
1 cup fresh lemon juice
6 cups cold water
Optional (mint garnish)
Heat sugar and 1 cup water in a pot until sugar dissolves.
Add 1 cup cherries, bring to a boil until the cherries begin to soften (about 2-3 minutes).
Strain cooled cherry syrup into a large pitcher. Press on the cherries to release more juice.
Discard cooked cherry mixture. Add lemon juice and cold water to the syrup. Stir in remaining cherries.
Pour over ice, garnish and enjoy!