Cherry Limeade is a cold, refreshing non-alcoholic drink that is made with fresh lime juice, Sprite, and maraschino cherries, all poured over crushed ice.  For a cherry limeade dessert, be sure to try my Cherry Limeade Cupcakes or Cherry Limeade Cake!

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Cherry Limeade

If you have ever been to Sonic, a drive-in, fast food restaurant chain, then you have probably seen their selection of Limeade drinks. This Cherry Limeade recipe was inspired by this popular drink but made even sweeter with some added sugar. It’s kid-friendly, but you could always add a splash of vodka in a glass for an adult version of the drink.

Pouring Fresh Lime Juice and then Cherry Juice into Cherry Limeade Drink

How to Make Cherry Limeade

There is no blender needed to make this sweet and refreshing drink. Just get out a pitcher and fill it halfway with crushed ice. In a medium bowl, squeeze one cup of lime juice from limes (you will need 8-10 limes, depending on their size) and add in the sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and pour this over the crushed ice.

Add the Sprite, a jar of maraschino cherries (syrup and all), and a few lime wedges to the pitcher. Stir to combine and serve in the glass of your choice. This will make 10 8-ounce glasses of cherry limeade. Store it in the refrigerator to keep it chilled.

Two Glasses of Cherry Limeade Drink with Fresh Lime

Limeade Be Made Ahead of Time?

Not really. It is best served fresh, as the carbonation of the soda will fade quickly. If you are making a pitcher you can have extra soda on hand to add carbonation back in.

Can I Add Alcohol to Cherry Limeade?

Of course! And I like how you think. Vodka is a popular option. (And there are cherry vodkas!) Some readers have mentioned coconut rum as their alcohol of choice.

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Cherry Limeade

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Cherry Limeade is a cold, refreshing non-alcoholic drink that is made with fresh lime juice, Sprite, and maraschino cherries, all poured over crushed ice.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8-10 limes) lime juice, chilled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, superfine
  • 1 bottle (2-liters) Lemon Lime Soda, chilled
  • 1 jar (10-ounces) maraschino cherries, with syrup
  • 1-2 medium limes, thinly sliced
  • crushed Ice

Instructions

  • Fill a pitcher halfway with crushed ice.
  • In a medium bowl, combine lime juice and sugar, stir until the sugar starts to dissolve
  • Pour the lime juice mixture over the ice.
  • Add the sprite, cherries (with syrup), and lime slices. Stir to combine.

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Reader Comments

  1. I made this “Cherry Limeade”
    Best refreshing drink ever. I especially liked the not so sweet tart flavor. Limes are also
    Fresh & so good for you….A favorite!

  2. Just a note to let you know how much I love you received! I have your cookbook and have given it to my daughters who also love your creations! Thank you and keep your receipts coming!
    Kathy

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