Homemade Cherry Limeade

Before the diabetes I was addicted to cherry limeades from Sonic. That and Cherry Vanilla Dr Peppers.

And then I found out it was basically lime juice, sprite, and cherry syrup. I felt cheated. Sprite, really? Ugh.

While I was baking, I had a lime left over. I decided to squeeze the juice in a small Jell-O shot container and leave it in the fridge for use later. About 5 minutes later, I realized I could make me a cherry limeade. Prefect for those hot sweltering days….except…it’s 40 outside.

So it’s 40, in mid April…in Texas.

That won’t stop me.

Also, ever wonder what to do with that left over juice from the maraschino cherries? Found something to use them for!

cherry limeade

Cherry Limeade

2 oz fresh squeeze lime juice
4 teaspoons sugar
6 teaspoons maraschino juice from a jar of maraschino cherries
32 oz of water


In a liter carafe or pitcher, mix lime juice and sugar. You can just swish it around instead of using a long spoon.

Add water. Mix until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Add the maraschino juice and stir until you have a nice red color going.


Makes 4 cups. Calories: 32, Carbohydrates: 9 grams, Sugar: 7 grams.

You can garnish with cherries and limes.

I barely used any sugar because of the maraschino cherry juice.

It has a lightness to it. It’s absolutely refreshing. And I love the color.

At first sip, you will taste the lime, then the limeade, and it changes into the cherry limeade and finally the after taste is the cherry. It’s not overly sweet or insanely tart. It’s a perfect balance.

And it’s low calorie and minimal sugar compared to Sonic.

So if you want Sonic, but don’t feel like driving to Sonic, waiting until 2PM for happy hour, or lazy like most people when having to leave the house for no reason, make this instead. It’s great for those trying to get away from soda, great for kids, and great as a punch when having tea time with the ladies or at a picnic.


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