Fresh cherry limeade – a sweet and tangy summertime drink for cooling off those hot afternoons!
Cherries and limes, limes and cherries . . . they just go together.
I wouldn’t enjoy a big glass of straight up limeade, but with cherry in it? Oh yeah. I’d go for that.
Have you seen the price of cherries lately though?? $6 a pound??? That’s nuts. A friend in my neighborhood brought by a huge bag of freshly picked cherries from her tree last week and I celebrated all week long with THIS recipe and THIS ONE too. But I’ve got some fabulous news about the cherry limeade recipe we’re discussing today. You don’t need fresh cherries! I mean, if someone stops by with a bushel of cherries begging you to take them, by all means please do not pass them up. But if you’re not so lucky, just get your hands on a bottle of cherry syrup.
My husband swears up and down that Rose’s Grenadine is the best tasting cherry syrup, but if you can’t find some don’t let that stop you from making some of this cherry limeade – it’s too perfect for summer to pass up!
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice - (about 8 juicy lemons)
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 4 cups water
- ⅓ - ½ cup cherry syrup - (I used Grenadine)
- In a pitcher stir together lime juice, sugar, and water until sugar is dissolved.
- Add 1/3 cup cherry syrup, taste, and add more syrup if desired. Chill 1 hour before serving OR serve with ice cubes immediately.
I think a lot of people mistake Grenadine syrup for being cherry-based. It is made from red currants and pomegranates, no cherries at all. Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it in beverages. But it’s not cherry syrup. In grocery stores around here, I’ve seen maraschino cherry syrup in bottles about the same size. There are large bottles (25 oz) of syrup of lots of different flavors that are used in coffee shops and so on. It’s Monin brand that I usually see. The shop usually has pumps in an array of Monin syrups — lemon lime, hazelnut, red raspberry, peach, vanilla, and so on.
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