This Sparkling Cherry Limeade uses only four real ingredients – cherries, limes, water and sugar! Cherry Simple syrup mixes with lime juice and sparkling water to make a refreshing summer beverage that everyone can enjoy!
Yes, that’s right everyone. You are seeing a non-alcoholic beverage posted here on Fox and Briar. Don’t get me wrong, you all know I love a good cocktail as much as the next girl – like this Lavender Collins or this Spanish Gin Tonic. But sometimes you might need a good alcohol free drink for the kids in your life, the pregnant ladies who really just want a cocktail, or the person who just prefers not to drink booze. And so I bring to you – the Sparkling Cherry Limeade. Using just 4 simple ingredients, this will keep everyone happy. Oh, and feel free to spike it if you feel like it, I won’t be mad.
You know that summer is really here when you start seeing cherries show up in the market. These bright little jewels grow really well here in the Pacific Northwest, so it is always a treat when they are in season. I grabbed a bag when I was doing my weekly shopping trip at Fred Meyer and decided to use some of them for this fun mocktail. I noticed that lots of Sparkling Cherry Limeade recipes use processed ingredients like lemon-lime soda and maraschino cherries. I generally prefer to keep those things out of my kitchen most of the time, so I wanted to create a recipe that used more simple ingredients.
I also love that these can be made individually so that they can be customized to everyone’s tastes. If someone likes their drinks sweeter, add more syrup, or if they want to keep the calories low, add less syrup and lime juice, to make it more of a flavored sparkling water. Of course I’m sure you could throw everything in a pitcher if you are serving a crowd and don’t want to make a bunch of individual drinks. Or better yet, make everyone make their OWN drinks – one less thing for you to do. What is your favorite way to use cherries in the summer?
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Sparkling Cherry Limeade
- 1 pound cherries pitted and sliced in half
- 3/4 -1 cup sugar*
- 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
- lime wedges for garnishing
- sparkling water
- Add the cherries, sugar and 3/4-1 cup of water (use the same amount of water as sugar) to a sauce pan. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring to make sure that sugar fully dissolves. Remove from heat but don't strain the syrup, leave the cherries in there. Allow syrup to cool.
- To make one drink, fill a glass with ice. Add 3-4 tablespoons of cherry syrup and 6 or 7 of the cherries from the syrup. Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice, op with sparkling water. Gently stir to combing, garnish with lime wedges.
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Disclaimer: I partnered Fred Meyer for this recipe, however, my opinions, as always, are 100% my own. Integrity is important to me, and I only share brands and products that I think are awesome.
I can’t wait to mix this up!! The Hubby Weill LOVE it & I know I will, too!!
Such gorgeous photos & I’m looking forward to sipping on this festive beverage!!
I bet you would love it!
Christine | Mid-Life Croissant says
I love this drink. Off to buy more cherries!
Thanks Christine! I hope you love it!
Ahh! Yes! Perfect for poolside or when you’re just looking to feel refreshed! So pretty and delicious!
Thanks so much Annie! I could definitely sip one of these by the pool!
My absolute favorite way to use cherries is to eat them by the bowlful, but this looks like another excellent way to consume them. The color is so vibrant in these I almost can’t believe it’s natural. They look lovely.
I know, isn’t it incredible? Thanks Allyson!
Okay, 1) Adorable. 2) YUM!! These look like the perfect poolside refresher- cannot wait to try one out!
Thank you so much Karly!
Jess @ Sweetest Menu says
This is gorgeous! I don’t drink much alcohol so I love a jazzed up regular treat for something just a little bit special!
These are perfect for that! Thanks Jess!
Perfect summer refreshment. This one looks so beautiful. I specially love the color 🙂
Thank you Kushi!
Alaina @ A Not So Quiet Kitchen says
These look so delicious!! Your pictures are so pretty! I bet my kids would go nuts for these!! Our local cherries have been so amazing lately, but I rarely get to cook with them! We eat them plain too quickly!!
Thank you so much Alaina!
Megan @ Meg is Well says
So pretty and cute looking! I love the straws too. This sounds really refreshing-I love cherries and limes together. I usually make cherry pie with cherries but I am so down to try something new.
Thank you Meg! A cherry pie sounds amazing as well! 🙂
Ashlyn // Dollop Of Yum says
This limeade is sooo pretty girl! Looks like the perfect summer refreshment! 🙂
Thank you so much Ashlyn!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
These look so preeeeety, Meghan!! That colour! And I swear, anything served in mason glasses just makes it look so much more tempting. What a great way to use what’s in season and I love that everyone can control the sweetness to their preference. I prefer things on the less sweet side so I ‘d add less sugar. Pinning, of course. Great pics too, but the way 🙂
Thank you so much dawn, and thank you for pinning!
Zoinks! I freaking adore cherry flavored anything — except for marachinos. I love how this is tutto naturale. What a wonderful take on Italian sodas!
Thanks so much Annie!