Heat sugar and 1 cup water in a small pot until sugar dissolves. Add 1 cup cherries, bring to a boil and boil until the cherries begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Strain cooled cherry syrup into a large pitcher, pressing on the cherries to release their juice. Discard cooked cherry mixture. Add lemon juice and cold water to the syrup. Stir in remaining cherries. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint.
Makes 2 quarts
Nutritional Information: (Serving size=1 cup) Calories-130; protein-.55 grams; carbohydrates-33.61; fat-0.35 grams; saturated fat-0.8 grams; monosaturated fat-0.08; polyunsaturated fat-0.10; cholesterol-0; sodium-6.78 mgs; fiber-0.95 grams; sugar-30.41 grams; percent calories from fat-2%.