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Once you take a sip of this homemade cherry limeade recipe you’ll never order a cherry limeade again. It tastes so much better.

Cherry Limeade Recipe

One of my favorite summer beverages is a Cherry Limeade. However, I’m not a fan of the artificial flavors and dyes in the one you can buy from a fast food restaurant. In fact, the last two times I bought cherry limeades I couldn’t even finish them. That “fake” flavor bothered me too much, and the syrupy sweetness was total overkill. Of course that meant I needed to create a new option – my own homemade cherry limeade recipe.

I searched online for a quick and easy homemade cherry limeade recipe but they all used 7up or Sprite. High fructose corn syrup anyone? No thanks. I am still using sugar but on my own terms – real sugar (and specifically, raw sugar). I found the best way to incorporate sugar into fresh fruit drinks is to make a simple syrup. This also makes it easy to adjust the sweetness to your preferred taste. However, for this cherry limeade I make a cherry syrup.

As a huge fan of making food and drinks from scratch with fresh wholesome ingredients I knew this was something I was ready to tackle, and sooner than later – before I cave to yet another syrupy drink I’m going to end up wasting.

And what better time to make a cherry limeade than at the peak of cherry season. Oh my, the cherries! (Check out this post all about cherries.) They are huge and juicier than any other cherries I have had this summer.

Cherry Limeade is so much better with fresh juicy cherries and freshly squeezed lime juice. Add a splash of seltzer if you want it to “sparkle”, skip the maraschino cherries, and it’s a match made in heaven.


Cherry Limeade

Skip the artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup, and enjoy a refreshing homemade cherry limeade this summer – fresh squeezed and delicious.

  • Author: Heather L McCurdy
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Beverage



Drink Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Cherry Syrup
  • 3 cups water
  • Ice
  • Cherries and lime wedges for garnish

Cherry Syrup 

  • 1 cup pitted sweet cherries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water



To Make Cherry Syrup

  1. Blend cherries, sugar, and water.
  2. Heat in medium saucepan over medium/high heat until boiling. 
  3. Boil 2 minutes. 
  4. Remove from heat. Let cool. 

Mix Drink

  1. Stir together cherry syrup, lime juice, and water.
  2. Pour into glass half filled with ice.
  3. Garnish


Please note: Nutrition is approximate.


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 165
  • Sugar: 37 g
  • Sodium: 5 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 46 g
  • Fiber: 2.9 g
  • Protein: 1 g

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Original Images: 7/2014
Homemade Cherry Limeade with no artificial dyes or flavors and no high fructose corn syrup
Cherry Limeade Ingredients
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  1. I LOVE cherry limeade but all I see here is a recipe for limeade! Lol… Where are the cherries in the recipe?? You didn’t use all 12 pounds did you?? Thanks for the clarification!! ?

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