Cherry Limeade Recipe
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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.
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.
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!
How to Make Homemade Cherry Limeade
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, pure 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
A refreshing summery drink made with fresh lime juice and real cherry juice.
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup lime juice (approximately 4 1/2 limes; use the remainder of limes for garnish)
- 1 1/2 cups pure cherry juice (no sweeteners added)
- 2 cups club soda
- Begin by dissolving the sugar in the water over medium heat to create a simple syrup. Set aside when done to let cool completely.
- While the simple syrup is cooling, juice the limes.
- 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.)
- Stir all together to combine well and serve immediately over crushed ice or cover and refrigerate.
Originally posted July 12, 2010.
That looks so delicious and refreshing – an I love that juicer!
I have a “cocktail” version that I love to drink. Mmmmm!
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!
this looks absolutely delish!
Mmmmmmmmmmm. I am thirsty now. That sounds delish! xox
oh yum!! i love cherry limeades too!
Looks and sounds delicious! Bet it will hit the spot on these hot days:)
I have never tried this on my own … obviously I love it from a carton. I need to make this!
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
This sounds wonderful… the perfect summer refresher.
I’ve never had cherry limeade but that looks and sounds amazing. I’m totally into anything lime or citrusy right now 🙂
This would be a great treat for my girls! Thanks for the step by step instructions. Now I just need one of those cute juicers.
Cherry lime slushie! Amazing. I think I need to make lemonade soon… or limeade! 😀
PS: Your juicer is badass.
I can never quite get over how brilliant your photos are!
The limeade looks marvelous!
YAY! gorgeous shots and delicious limeade!
We use to make cherry limeade growing up! LOVE.
I’ve been using limes in so many dishes lately, too!
Cherry limeades just say “summer” to me. Yum!
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!
Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Summertime Sipper Contest! It looks delicious!
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. 😉
I love the colors – it’s so vibrant and pretty!
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.