Cherry Limeade Recipe

This homemade Cherry Limeade is the perfect refreshing beverage for summertime. Hitting the local drive-thru for a Cherry Limeade may seem like the thing to do. That is until you make your own right at home.

Homemade Cherry Limeade Recipe

I’m nothing if not a fan of lime. When the weather warms up all things lime seem to taken over my taste buds. I’ve shared more than a few lime-inspired recipes right here over the years. Let’s see, there’s been Lime Sherbet, lime cookies, Key Lime Cupcakes, Grapefruit and Lime Cake, Limeade Cake (whoa!), Key Lime Pie, Lime Pie Dip, and even Mint Lime Grilled Chicken, just to name a few. I never, well, hardly ever, go to Sonic, but when I do, the Lime Slush is what I want. It’s what I need.

Enter the Cherry Limeade.

Yep, Sonic has those too, but when I can, I like to make real, homemade versions of my favorite foods, like a homemade Cherry Limeade that I can feel ever so slightly better about because I know what is in it. A Cherry Limeade that would make angels sing. A Cherry Limeade that would bring worldwide peace. A Cherry Limeade that would have cars lining up in my driveway to place an order.

That’s a lot to ask of a summery beverage. A girl can dream.

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So drive on past that drive-thru, pick up a few ingredients at the grocery store so you can make your own batch at home with pure cherry juice and fresh squeezed lime juice. Homemade Cherry Limeades are hard to beat, and so easy to make too. And since you’re making it at home, you can make a large batch to share with your friends and family. It would be a great sweet drink for serving at a pool party or to pack along for a summer picnic or cookout. It’s a sweet combination of lime and cherry, with a little fizz, and no artificial flavors or colorings. A party in a cup is what it is!

You’ll need a few ingredients to get started: sugar, water, limes, pure cherry juice (no sweeteners added), and club soda.

The process is simple. Begin by dissolving the sugar in the water over medium heat to create a simple syrup. Let the simple syrup cool completely while you’re juicing the limes. Once the simple syrup has cooled add it, the lime juice, cherry juice to a large pitcher and stir it all up. Finish it off with the club soda. If you’re not going to be serving for some time, wait to add the club soda until just before serving so it’s nice and fizzy.

A couple of Cherry Limeade recipe notes:

  • Since this Cherry Limeade recipe calls for pure cherry juice, I don’t have to worry about artificial sweeteners or colors. No junk. Just cherry juice. Yes, puure cherry juice is a bit more expensive, but Cherry Limeades aren’t something you will be making all the time, so I think it’s worth spending a little more or good and healthier ingredients for this special drink. I try to keep my eyes open for it to go on sale, as I also like to use it in smoothies.
  • As far as the lime juice, go ahead and take the time to juice limes. The lime juice you can find in stores already bottled just isn’t the same. I’m not sure what’s added to it, but it never tastes as good as fresh squeezed lime juice. If you’ve got kids on hand, teach them how to squeeze citrus with a simple lime juicer and they can help out with this one. It’s a simple kitchen skill they can learn and practice. Just be sure to cut the limes for them and let them do the squeezing.
  • If you’re not going to be serving for some time, wait to add the club soda until just before serving so it’s nice and fizzy.
Cherry Limeade Recipe
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A refreshing summery drink made with fresh lime juice and real cherry juice.
Recipe type: beverage
Serves: Makes about 4-6 servings.
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup water
  • ½ cup lime juice (approximately 4½ limes; use the remainder of limes for garnish)
  • 1½ cups pure cherry juice (no sweeteners added)
  • 2 cups club soda
  1. Begin by dissolving the sugar in the water over medium heat to create a simple syrup. Set aside when done to let cool completely.
  2. While the simple syrup is cooling, juice the limes.
  3. When the simple syrup has cooled pour that in a pitcher, add the lime juice, cherry juice and club soda. (Do not add the club soda until ready to serve.)
  4. Stir all together to combine well and serve immediately over crushed ice or cover and refrigerate.

Originally posted July 12, 2010. Updated June 25, 2015.

Cherry Limeade Recipe

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  1. 1


    That looks so delicious and refreshing – an I love that juicer!
    I have a “cocktail” version that I love to drink. Mmmmm!

  2. 2

    Miss Wisabus says

    Yum-yum! I’m going to have to try this soon.

    And it reminds me to ask my grandmother a question. My great-grandfather owned a grocery store with a soda shop from 1929 to the late 80s. I know they made these and I need to find out what their recipe was!

  3. 9


    never made anything simmiliar to this but sounds great and I think when my mom comes for visit I may just make this for her

  4. 11 says

    I’ve never had cherry limeade but that looks and sounds amazing. I’m totally into anything lime or citrusy right now :)

  5. 13


    Cherry lime slushie! Amazing. I think I need to make lemonade soon… or limeade! 😀


    PS: Your juicer is badass.

  6. 17

    cbp says

    I’m addicted to Sonic’s Cherry Limeade but know this version will taste even better! I just spent the week with my g-kids in St.Louis where my 7 year old g-daughter taught me to make Pink Lemonade from scratch using lemons and cranberry juice and simple syrup. She sent me home with her special recipe copied in her very own handwriting. I think I’m going to frame it. Can’t wait to share your recipe with her!

  7. 19


    A fave restaurant in my neighborhood makes an awesome sour cherry limeade. I order it every time I go there. Now, you’ve saved me money by showing me how easy it is to make at home. 😉

  8. 21

    Benjamin Frear says

    This is incredible! Just yesterday, I commented that I wanted to make limeade (with club soda I might add) and today you post a recipe for it!

    I’m pretty sure that means your psychic or that the stars are aligned or something. At any rate, I plan to be consuming limeade shortly.

  9. 22

    the country cook @ Delightful Country Cookin' says

    cherry limeade truly is a drink to bring about world peace. I used to love getting those from Sonic as a kid.

  10. 24

    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen says

    Yowza! Your play-by-play photos are beautiful! I made some watermelon limeade a while back and a ton of people were bragging to me about how amazing Sonic’s cherry limeade is. Since I live no where near a Sonic, making this is definitely in order. Pretty!

  11. 25

    SMITH BITES says

    totally love cherry ANYTHING including this limeade! and a slushie would be pretty terrific!

  12. 27

    Tickled Red says

    Oh my! That looks refreshing and yummy :) Looks like I have found my new “Just Chillin'” drink.

  13. 29


    Oh, wow, I could have used a tall glass of this after working in the garden last weekend! How refreshing. And very sonic-like as well. My fav from Sonic is the strawberry-lemonade but this cherry-lime looks mighty fine.

  14. 33

    Ali (Three Baking Sheets) says

    Oh my. Your pictures are INCREDIBLE. Even the shape of your ice cubes look cool.

  15. 39

    Tasha says

    Made this for a family bbq it was a great hit! I had to go to 3 stores before finding pure cherry juice at Trader Joes. Thanks.

  16. 42



    there are hardly any sonics around here (travesty!) so I have had to learn to pave my path minus cherry-limeades…but now…now! my life will finally be complete once again. These look delicious and with a side of tater tots i can guarantee you the angels will sing 😉

  17. 43

    Abby says

    That looks amazing!! It’s just starting to get ridiculously hot here in Las Vegas. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  18. 44

    Caitie brennan says

    I used to work at sonic, all a limeade is is cherry sprite or 7 up with about 3 limes squeezed into it. Boring, I know. We had cherry syrup we squirted into it. Maybe try those packets you’re supposed to put in bottles of water for an easier version.

  19. 45


    I’m pregnant and so I’ve had to be creative with fun drinks since I can’t have a cocktail everyday. This sounds amazing. And I know that there are people at the local farmers market selling fresh cherry juice. Putting this one on the list to try in the next few weeks!

  20. 46

    Donnell says

    My husband made this for me yesterday using your recipe. It was wonderful. Thank you!

  21. 47


    This is right up my alley! I love refreshing drinks like this, and it’s so great to know what’s actually in them. Fabulous!

  22. 48

    sophistimom says

    This looks delicious. I used to make limeade for my family when we lived in Hawaii. Then I would cut open a cherry and mix the juice of the cherry with a little sugar. I’d use the cherry to rub around the rim of the glass, and then we’d have limeade with cherry sugar rimmed glasses. Your gorgeous post brought back memories.

  23. 49

    AmyRuth says

    Wow, Amy, you have a “big girl” juicer there. That sounds delicious. I’m outside working on my favorite foods and that sounds perfect!!!

  24. 50


    I’m drooling just reading your recipe! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe…I have gone to Sonic several years just for that Cherry Limeade. I’ll give this one a try :)

  25. 51

    Christine says

    Just made this with fresh limes from our backyard, and it’s delish!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  26. 53

    Noah says

    Sonic cherry limeade 20 oz cup
    1 0z minute maid cherry concentrate
    2 1/4 lime wedges squeezed
    cup 1/2 full ice
    sprite filled to top of cup and a cherry on top.

  27. 55

    Erika says

    Would it be possible to find out the maker or model of that juicer? I would love to have one of those for making lemonade and fresh squeezed orange juice. I have an attachment for my food processor, but like the idea of a manual one.

    • 56


      Hey Erika,

      Gosh, my sister gave it to me for my birthday years ago. I have no idea where she found it. Maybe google juicer press?

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