“Tart, sweet and refreshing homemade Cherry Limeade made with from-scratch limeade concentrate, fresh cherries, tart cherry juice, and lemon-lime soda! An easy, refreshing crowd-pleaser!”

Visual Learner? Watch me make this Cherry Limeade from start to finish!


Last week the weather did a semi-Spring tease here in NC. My daffodils started blooming, and even the air conditioning kicked on. I got a lot of pre-Spring cleaning done and also made my way up to my grandma Barb’s house for a quick 2-day vacation.

Fast forward to this present moment, and it is literally sleeting, raining, cloudy and windy outside. Ah well, can’t enjoy the sunny days without a few rainy ones right?

cherry limeade recipe

Besides a little stormy weather is not going to stop me from enjoying this refreshing, dare I say, better than Sonics, Cherry Limeade…again!!!

I made this drink during that burst of fake Spring, and it gave me all the warm day vibes while relaxing in my sunroom. Have you ever had Sonic’s cherry limeade? All of Sonic’s limeades are good, but the cherry limeade is the most popular, and for a good reason, they are freaking delicious! I’m pretty sure they use a cherry syrup, but we are going to go another route to get that authentic burst of cherrylicious lime flavor!

cherry limeade recipe

The flavor is a bit different than Sonic’s. You can really taste the tart cherries and limes and the sweetness from the lime syrup and soda. It’s bursting with fresh, authentic flavor that I just adore!

This cherry limeade starts with a homemade limeade concentrate/simple syrup made with pure cane sugar and limes. Yep, that’s it. Next  comes fresh maraschino cherries, pure tart cherry juice, and lemon-lime soda to add some fizz.

cherry limeade recipe

I’m using Sprite for my lemon-lime soda, but there are plenty of natural, organic brands of lemon-lime soda out there if you want to keep this drink a bit “cleaner”.

The results is a sweet, tart, fizzy, refreshing homemade cherry limeade that will be the bee’s knees for baby showers, wedding showers, brunches or anything else you’ve got coming up. Or simply just relaxing.

cherry limeade recipe

This cherry limeade is a real crowd pleaser, and it’s so hard to get enough of this drink. Yeah, it’s that delicious which may be a good or bad thing : )


The Recipe

Homemade Cherry Limeade

By Divas Can Cook
Recipe type: drink
Serves
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 (16 oz) jar maraschino cherries (juice included, without stems)
  • 2-liter lemon-lime soda (I used Sprite)
  • ½ cup cherry juice (tart or regular. I used tart)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan add lime juice and sugar over low heat.
  2. Stir until sugar has melted and the mixture is syrupy.
  3. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool.
  4. Pour into a pitcher.
  5. Add cherries, soda and cherry juice.
  6. Stir and serve over ice.
  7. Garnish with lime and mint if desired.

Notes

The cherry flavor gets bolder as this drink sits so if you are making this for a party mix together the cherries, cherry juice, and lime syrup and let it sit overnight. Add the soda when you are ready to serve to keep it bubbly! Although I have mixed everything up the night before and it was still bubbly the next day.