This cherry limeade recipe is the unofficial drink of summer at my house. We love going to Sonic for cold drinks in the summer. It doesn’t hurt that during happy hour – 2 to 4 p.m. every day – this drink and several others are half price. I could spend a lot of money at Sonic. I have spent a lot of money at Sonic. But after creating my own orange sunrise smoothie recipe, I knew that creating a cherry limeade recipe would be much easier.
Sure enough, I can mix this up in no more than ten minutes. So easy. The kids are no longer thirsty. Plus, I can be sure that while they are getting some sugar, it is not as much as they would get at the drive-thru.
Cherry limeade recipe
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup sugar, honey, or your choice of sweetener
- water, carbonated or not
- ice (optional)
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cherries, pitted and cut in half
First, combine the lime juice and sugar in a saucepan on the stove. Stir and heat it just warm enough to dissolve the sugar. This takes me about two minutes, but allow it to cool for a minute while you get the other ingredients together.
Put a scoop of ice and a little water in a 2-quart pitcher. The ice is optional, but cools the drink quickly. It will melt while it chills. Also, I just use regular tap water and the result is more like lemonade. For a more authentic recipe, you could use carbonated water. Sonic uses Sprite, but it has more sugar in a single serving than kids should consume in a week.
Pour in the lime and stir. Add the cherries too. Fill the pitcher the rest of the way up with water.
You can serve this right away, but it is best after a few hours. The longer the cherries are in the limeade, the more flavor they add. If you are serving this at a party, you could make it several days in advance (although you would want to add carbonated soda right before serving if you are using it.)
According to my calculations, an 8-ounce serving has just under 1 gram of sugar. This isn’t super-sweet, but we find it sweet enough. If you prefer it to be sweeter and doubled the sugar to 1/2 cup, it would still only be 2 grams per serving.