Cherry Limeade

Cherry LimeadeIt ain’t summer until I have had (in this order) 1. watermelon and, 2. a cherry limeade.  I had watermelon twice last week.  Today I had a cherry limeade.  What about you?

This ‘recipe’ is a Sonic Drive-in knock-off.  Actually it is a knock-off of a knock-off.  Sort of.  As you can see from the picture, there are two different colors of cherry limeade.  The lighter one has juice from a jar of maraschino cherries.  The darker one has tart cherry juice.  Both are very good, but I prefer the lighter one because it tastes more like the Sonic cherry limeade.


  1. The size of glass is up to you.  A 16-20 ounce glass is a good size.  Or, you can use the 8 ounce tumbler size, whatever makes you happy.
  2. The juice from the maraschino cherries makes a sweeter drink.
  3. The recipe makes 1-2 servings, depending of course on the size of glass.
  4. The original copy-cat recipe was from Todd Wilbur of Top Secret Recipes and can be found here.
  5. This recipe is ridiculously easy.

Cherry Limeade
Recipe @ that’s some good cookin’
Printable Recipe

  • 1 (12-ounce) can lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite or 7-Up)
  • 3 wedges of fresh lime (cut lime into eighths to make wedges)
  • 1/2 cup bottled cherry juice or 2 tablespoons juice from maraschino cherry jar (Todd Wilbur suggests using the Juicy Juice brand of cherry juice)
  • 1 medium or large jar maraschino cherries
  • ice


  1. In a pitcher, gently stir together the soda and the cherry juice.
  2. Squeeze the juice of three lime wedges (lime has been cut into 1/8’s) into the soda/cherry juice and stir gently.
  3. Fill glass about half-way full of ice, then put two of the squeezed lime wedges and 2 or 3 cherries on top of the ice.
  4. Add more ice, nearly filling the glass.
  5. Fill glass with soda mixture.
  6. Garnish with remaining lime wedge and a cherry.

Don’t forget the straw.  Very important.  You know its important because as you can see, I forgot to add that little finishing touch.

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