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Cherry Limeade

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Cherry Limeade, made with fresh lime juice and cherry simple syrup. A super refreshing summer drink that's easy to make! I'll show you how to make the easy cherry syrup so you can make this limeade in less than 5 minutes whenever the craving strikes!

Cherry limeade in a mason jar mug.

I just shared this cherry lemonade recipe and cherry syrup recipe, so I wanted to share with you another summer drink that I make regularly Cherry Limeade. Made with equal parts freshly squeezed lime juice and cherry syrup, and topped off with water or seltzer, it is the easiest, tastiest limeade recipe. I know you will LOVE the limeade twist as much as we do!!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cups freshly squeezed lime juice (from 6-8 large limes - get more limes just in case so you have enough lime juice!)
  • ¾ cups cherry simple syrup (keep reading below for instructions for how to make this)
  • 4-5 cups water (or sparkling water)
  • Ice for serving
  • Fresh basil or mint, or cherries for garnish

Related recipe: Honey Ginger Limeade

Cherry limeade in a glass.

How to make cherry limeade

Start by making the cherry simple syrup: Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup or tart cherry juice in a small saucepan or pot. Bring to a light boil, stirring a few times to prevent burning. Then lower the heat, and allow to simmer uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or until it thickens into a simple syrup. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using, or substitute some of the water for the limeade with ice, so that you don't end up with warm limeade. (Of course, that is not a problem if you're planning on chilling the limeade before serving!)

Then simply combine ¾ cups lime juice, ¾ cups cherry syrup, and 3 to 4 cups water in a large bowl or pitcher. Stir together, then add up to 1-2 more cups water, and additional syrup or lime juice, to taste.

Chill the limeade, then serve over ice, garnishing with fresh lime slices or wedges, cherries, or fresh mint or basil leaves.

Super easy!!

Related recipe: Mulberry Iced Tea

Cherry limeade variations

Here are a a few tasty ideas for making this limeade:

  • Muddle a few mint leaves with a mojito muddler (or the back of a spoon) and stir into the limeade.
  • Use sparkling water instead of some or all of the water to make a sparkling limeade.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spicy limeade.
  • Make this with lemon juice instead of lime juice.
  • Spike it with vodka or gin!

Related recipe: Mulberry Syrup

More summer drinks and desserts

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Cherry limeade with fresh lime garnish.
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5 from 2 votes

Cherry Limeade

Refreshing Cherry Limeade, made with a few simple ingredients in a few minutes. A favorite summer drink!
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Kate

Equipment

  • Large bowl or pitcher

Ingredients

  • ¾ cups freshly squeezed lime juice (from 6-8 large limes - get more limes just in case so you have enough lime juice!)
  • ¾ cups cherry simple syrup (see notes for instructions)
  • 4-5 cups water (or sparkling water)
  • Ice for serving
  • Fresh basil or mint, or cherries for garnish

Instructions

  • Combine ¾ cups lime juice, ¾ cup cherry syrup, and 3 to 4 cups water in a large bowl or pitcher. Stir together, then add up to 1-2 more cups water (to taste), and additional syrup or lime juice, to taste.
  • Chill, and serve over ice, garnishing with lime slices or wedges, fresh mint leaves or basil leaves.

Notes

To make cherry simple syrup: Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup or tart cherry juice in a small saucepan or pot. Bring to a light boil, stirring a few times to prevent burning. Then lower the heat, and allow to simmer uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or until it thickens into a simple syrup. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using, or substitute some of the water for the limeade with ice, so that you don't end up with warm limeade. 

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