Cherry Lemonade

Welcome to this month’s Cooking with Astrology “Cancer”.  It is hard to believe that it has already been a full year since my first Cooking with Astrology post.  This year I am going to change things up a bit, and each of the meals will be a picnic.  I’m not exactly sure how I will pull off a picnic when it is -35 degrees outside in the dead of winter, but I am up to the challenge!

Cooking with Astrology Cancer Picnic | | Italian Pasta Salad, Cherry Lemonade, Tropical Cantaloupe Salad, and Turkey on Ciabatta with Sun-dried Tomato Aioli

I started with Cancer last year, but did not start imaginary dates until Leo {John Stamos}. Well my inspiration is the same this year as it was last year.  I just never mentioned that Richie Sambora was the one that inspired the meal…..

Richie Sambora

For those of you that are scratching your heads right now, Richie is the former lead guitarist for Bon Jovi. 😉  His mother is from Sicily, so I stuck with an Italian theme for today’s meal.  Are you excited for this new adventure?

We start with this Turkey on Ciabatta with Sun-dried Tomato Aioli, Provolone, and Arugula…..

Turkey on Ciabatta with Sun-dried Tomato Aioli |

Healthy Italian Pasta Salad…..

Healthy Italian Pasta Salad |

And in a shocking turn on dessert, we have a Tropical Cantaloupe Salad…..

Tropical Cantaloupe Salad |

It’s not exactly Italian, and did not turn out exactly the way I was planning, but it is perfect for our picnic…and that’s all that matters. 😉  To quench our thirst on our fun picnic date, we have this delicious and refreshing Cherry Lemonade…..

Cherry Lemonade | | Cooking with Astrology #Cancer

I made my own Cherry Simple Syrup }…..

Cherry Simple Syrup |

And mixed it with Newman’s Own Lemonade.  What???  Why didn’t you make homemade lemonade? Well, because lemons are $1.25 a piece, and a carton of lemonade is $2.28!  I chose one that is all-natural, organic, and made with real sugar not HFCS.  Feel free to make homemade lemonade, hopefully the price will come down at some point and I will be able to make some as well. 😉

Just fill each of your glasses with ice {as much as you like}…..

Cherry Lemonade ice

Add 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of Cherry Simple Syrup and 1 cup of lemonade.  Stir to combine…..

Cherry Lemonade |

Everyone has different tastes, so that is why I gave such a wide range in measurements with the Cherry Simple Syrup.  The sweetness level of your lemonade will also make a difference.  Start with less and add as much as you would like.  Garnish with cherries and lemon slices and serve.

If you are looking for a fancier, candle lit meal to share with your own Cancer date, last year’s recipes are below:

Cooking with Astrology Cancer |

Shaved Fennel Salad

Italian Seafood Pasta

Crème brûlée {dairy-free}

Italian Fritatta


Cherry Lemonade

Serves 1
Prep time 5 minutes
Meal type Beverage
Cool of this summer with this delicious, and refreshing Cherry Lemonade.


  • 1/3 cup cherry simple syrup
  • 1 cup lemonade of your choice (I used Newman's Own)


Fill glass with ice.
Add Cherry Simply Syrup and Lemonade. Stir to combine.
Serve with lemon slices and cherries.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!





  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I knew who Richie Sambora is … do I get a point?! 😀 I love your astrology posts, Lisa! They’re always so fun!! I’m a Cancer and I just have to say I am digging this meal! I am a big fan of flavored lemonade, but have never tried cherry lemonade – but now I will have to give it a go! And I totally don’t blame you for buying the premade stuff!! I can’t believe your lemons are so expensive!! Yowza!

  2. says

    Richie Sambora — great choice! Bon Jovi was my favorite band for the longest time from the beginning. Love ’em! I’d buy the lemonade too since lemons are at that price. Newman’s Own is great stuff, and adding cherry simple syrup can only make it better! 🙂
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  3. says

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at the Say G’Day Saturday Linky Party Lisa. I’ve given your post a +1, shared on Pinterest and will be featuring you at my Friday Favorites post!

    Best wishes and Happy 4th of July!
    Natasha in Oz
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