Sometimes, when I ask my husband to pick up “a bunch limes” from the store on his way home, he picks up thirty-four. THIRTY-FOUR, y’all. On those days, if it’s too early in the season to make watermelon limeades and I’m already stocked up on chicken tortilla soup, I make this super easy cherry limeade recipe. Here’s how:
Step 1: Explain to kids that we’re going to make a cherry limeade like the ones at Sonic, only with real food ingredients.
Step 2: Explain what Sonic is.
Step 3. Throw all the ingredients into a blender (I use this one) and serve up this sweet and tangy limeade over ice.
One quick note: Most limeade recipes call for blending the cherries and then straining the liquid. I prefer not to do that because I want my kids to get the benefit of the whole fruit, and fortunately in this recipe there aren’t any weird texture issues with leaving the cherries in. This recipe creates a smooth, thick syrup consistency that you can adjust by adding water (or ice) to your preference.
Water to diluteif desired. (I prefer to pour mine undiluted over ice and sip slowly. The ice melts a little and mixes with the limeade, which makes it just right for me.)
Extra cherries or limes for garnishoptional
Place the cherries, lime juice, and maple syrup/honey in a blender (I use a high-powered Vitamix) and blend until very smooth. Taste and see if it is the concentration you prefer - my husband prefers his diluted with a bit of water and I like mine straight. Pour over ice, garnish with cherries/lime if desired, and serve.
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