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.
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.