Homemade Cherry Limeade


This homemade cherry limeade is a sweet-tart refresher that was shared with us by Whole Foods in honor of a prior nationwide cherry sale.

Homemade Cherry Limeade Recipe

With just one pound of those fresh cherries, you can whip up 8 cool glasses of this homemade cherry limeade! Thanks to the fresh fruit ingredients, each sweet sip contains vitamin C, potassium, beta-carotene, and more wonderful antioxidants to replenish and recharge on active summer days.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Homemade Cherry Limeade

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan (just be sure to use a vegan sugar), vegetarian, and generally food allergy-friendly.

For refined sugar-free homemade cherry limeade, agave nectar makes a good sweetener swap, but honey (non-vegan, but paleo) would also do since you are creating a syrup.

Homemade Cherry Limeade
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Serves: 8 glasses
  • 1½ pounds cherries (about 6 cups), pitted, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
  • 6 cups still or sparkling water, divided
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  1. Put 1 pound of the cherries, sugar and 1½ cups water into a medium pot; cover and simmer over medium heat (reducing heat, as needed, to maintain a simmer) until the cherries are very tender and have made a fragrant syrup, about 20 minutes. Set aside to let cool for about 10 minutes.
  2. Purée the cherry mixture in a blender with the lime juice and zest.
  3. To make each glass of limeade, pour about ½ cup of the cherry-lime syrup and ¾ cup still or sparkling water over ice in a tall glass. Stir well and then top with a small handful of the remaining cherries, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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