Cherry Limeade

filed under: Food + Drink on May 25, 2020

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!

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.


Pitcher of Homemade Cherry Limeade Drink with Fresh Limes in Back

Cherry Limeade Recipe

With just a few ingredients and fewer minutes, you can have the perfect summer drink ready to pour!

Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Lime juice–I used 8 limes to get a cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, but you could use concentrate if that is all you have. For every one lime used in a recipe, substitute 2 tablespoons of bottled lime juice. 
  • Super-fine sugar–Yes, look for superfine sugar; it dissolves much easier in drinks. If you don’t have superfine sugar, you can grind up granulated sugar in a food processor.
  • Sprite (or 7-Up)–You could also use diet varieties.
  • Maraschino cherries–Use the syrup and the cherries in this recipe.
  • Limes–Washed and cut into wedges
  • Crushed ice

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

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5 from 6 votes
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.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Limeade, Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
Servings: 10 8-ounce glasses
Calories: 149 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1 cup (8-10 limes) lime juice, chilled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, superfine
  • 1 bottle (2-liters) Sprite, chilled
  • 1 jar (10-ounces) maraschino cherries, with syrup
  • 1-2 medium limes, thinly sliced
  • crushed Ice
  1. Fill a pitcher halfway with crushed ice.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine lime juice and sugar, stir until the sugar starts to dissolve
  3. Pour the lime juice mixture over the ice.
  4. Add the sprite, cherries (with syrup), and lime slices. Stir to combine.

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  • Joyce H says:

    Love your recipes!!!

  • Audrey Byram says:

    Soundd great for a day like today! Also, the vitamin C will help your body.

    ( do you still do giveaways? I truly need that red mixer, mine was stolen from my storage unit😔). Be blessed.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Audrey! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Yes, the cherry limeade does sound great for today! And yes, there will be more giveaways in the future. Have a great day!

  • Gaby Gomez says:

    refreshing and delicious

  • Jackie says:

    Can this be made without the crushed ice.

  • Arlene Fogde says:

    Is there a substitute for sugar in your recipes? Your cream cheese pound cake sound good but it requires a lot of sugar and that is one thing I’am trying 2 stay away from

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Unfortunately no, I am not a low-sugar or sugar-free baker.

  • Amal Yahya says:

    I tried it ..amazing

  • Michelle says:

    I made this and it was very delicious. The only thing I didn’t like was that you can’t keep it in the refrigerator more than a couple of days or it loses its “fizz” from the Sprite. Other than that, it’s a winner. 🏅🙂

  • Suprsalie says:

    Can I use 7up or it has to be Sprite? Thank you can’t wait to make this refreshing drink!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, you can use any lemon-lime flavored soda 🙂

  • Debbie says:

    I am only one &, that’s alot is there a smaller recipe

  • Alan Hurst says:

    We had a drive inn back home and they had a drink called a fitty it was 1/2 lemonaide and 1/2 Orange Juice with crushed ice, the drive inn is no longer there so have you ever heard of it? Just wondering it was not tart or to sweet so have you ever heard of this drink

  • Terra Gross says:

    Can you make an adult drink by adding vodka. Thank you can’t wait to hear back.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, of course!

  • Jamie Hopper says:

    I’m looking forward to trying some of these drink recipes.

  • charlene L lattery says:

    love the lemonade and the lime drink definetly a hit on a hot summer day.

  • Diana J Kerstetter says:

    I am suddenly very thirsty! Beautiful and refreshing Cherry Limeade may be the ONLY beverage that can quench my thirst!

  • Maureen says:

    Such a gorgeous photo and I’m sure wonderful recipe! Thanks!

  • Terrie says:

    Loving your recipes, and your visual demonstrations are fun to watch!

  • Christina Wilson says:

    I love Cherry Limeade and now I can make my own so awesome.