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!


Pitcher of Homemade Cherry Limeade Drink with Fresh Limes in Back

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

Ingredients & Substitutions

Ice: I love using crushed ice, but any ice will do for this cold and refreshing drink.

Cherries: When adding the cherries, be sure to reserve the cherry juice (syrup) to pour into the chilled beverage.

Limes: Stock up on limes for Cherry Limeade! You will need about a cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, which is about 8-10 limes, juiced. Chill the juice until ready to add to the drink. In addition, you will need a couple more to add slices of lime.

Sugar: Mix superfine sugar, also known as caster sugar, with lime juice. If you don’t have any on hand, simply pulse some granulated sugar in a food processor for a homemade version!

Soda: Use your favorite brand or make your own lemon-lime soda to use.

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.

Two Glasses of Cherry Limeade Drink with Fresh Lime

Can Limeade Be Made Ahead of Time?

Not really. Cherry Limeade 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.

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Cherry Limeade

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
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.


  • crushed ice
  • 1-2 medium limes, thinly sliced
  • 1 jar (10-ounces) maraschino cherries, drained, syrup reserved
  • 1 cup (8-10 limes) lime juice, chilled
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar, superfine
  • 1 bottle (2-liters) lemon-lime soda, chilled


  • Fill a pitcher halfway with crushed ice. Top with lime slices.
  • Add the cherries, reserving the syrup.
  • In a medium bowl, combine lime juice and sugar. Stir until the sugar starts to dissolve.
  • Pour the lime juice mixture into the pitcher. Then, add the reserved cherry syrup.
  • Add the lemon-lime soda, stirring to combine. Serve immediately.


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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!

  3. I made this for grands at Christmas. Instead of using crushed ice, I had some silicone trays I poured sprite in and froze them. It kept it from getting watered down.

  4. Making this for the second time, it’s very delicious and refreshing. Stunning in a clear pitcher. Just realized that I follow Amanda, I Am Baker on IG. Love her!! 😆

  5. Can you recommend another type of cherry? I dont like maraschino cherries, but do like other cherries. Maybe make a cherry simple syrup?

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