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Cherry Limeade {Sonic Copycat}

Cherry Limeade – A simple, 5 ingredient drink that is bright and refreshing. Sparkling limeade with maraschino cherries mixed in and served over ice.

Cherry Limeade

Cherry Limeade {Sonic Copycat}

Whenever I went down south as a kid, I wanted to go get Sonic to get a cherry limeade.  Now that I live hundreds of miles from the nearest one, I had to figure out how to make those yummy cherry limeades at home.  It turned out easier than I expected with just 5 simple ingredients – lime juice, lemon lime soda, simple syrup, maraschino cherries, and lime slices.  It’s a perfectly fizzy drink that is perfect for kids and adults at parties or on hot summer days.

This recipe makes about 8-10 servings but you can always double it if you are making it for more people or half it if you want a smaller batch.  I like to serve it in a pitcher with lots of stemless maraschino cherries and lime slices in it for color and garnish.

Common Questions About Making Cherry Limeade

What is cherry limeade?

Cherry limeade is a drink made with 5 simple ingredients – lime juice, lemon lime soda, simple syrup, maraschino cherries, and lime slices.  The limeade is made by combining fresh lime juice and water with a batch of simple syrup.

Should I use homemade limeade or pre-made limeade?

You can use whichever you prefer.  If you want to use pre-made limeade instead of using fresh lime juice and simple syrup, then you can either use a can of limeade concentrate or two cups of limeade from a bottle.

What are maraschino cherries?

Maraschino cherries are preserved cherries that are sweetened.  A great way to add cherry flavoring to drinks.

What else can I add I add to cherry limeade?

I like to serve the drink over ice with a slice of lime, sprig of mint, or a few fresh cherries for a pop of color.

What other types of limeade can I make?

There are so many options! Some of my favorites include –

 

Cherry Limeade Recipe

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Cherry Limeade Sonic Copycat

Yield: 8-10 Servings

Cherry Limeade

Cherry Limeade

Cherry Limeade – A simple, 5 ingredient drink that is bright and refreshing. Sparkling limeade with maraschino cherries mixed in and served over ice.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries
  • 2 liters lemon lime soda
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 2-3 limes (thinly sliced)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir to combine.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve over ice.

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