Cherry Limeade The Mix

This recipe is fast, simple and oh-so-tasty.

The July heat calls for an ice-cold glass of cherry limeade. When I was younger, we would always head to Sonic Drive-In after a day spent at the pool; I craved that cherry limeade like nobody’s business! A shared cool drink over laughs with friends was always the perfect end to long summer days.

As an adult, I realized that I could make my own cherry limeade. Not only was it easy, but it was even more delicious than the fast-food version, which is loaded with sugar. This recipe is fast, simple and oh-so-tasty. Homemade cherry limeade is always a total hit at our neighborhood get-togethers; if you want to keep it kid-friendly, just omit the vodka.

Cherry Limeade

You can make your own fine sugar by pulsing 1 cup of granulated sugar in a blender for about 30 seconds.

Serves | 6 |

  • 3 cups fresh cherries, pitted, plus more for garnish
  • 2 limes, sliced, plus more for garnish
  • ¾ cup fine sugar
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
  • ½ cup vodka

| Preparation | In the bowl of a blender, combine cherries, limes (including peels) and sugar with 2 cups water. Blend until fully combined and smooth.

Strain liquid and pour into a large pitcher; stir in remaining 4 cups water, lemon-lime soda and vodka. Serve over ice and garnish with reserved cherries and limes.

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Becky Hardin is the recipe developer, photographer and owner of Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook and Family Circle.

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