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Cherry limeade {from scratch}

This is my recipe for a quick and easy homemade cherry limeade drink, it’s made with fresh cherries, limes, water, and sugar (or honey).

Cherry limeade from scratch

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Cherries were a rare treat when I was a kid in Ecuador. They weren’t common, so as it is with most things that you can’t have on-demand, I really looked forward to the occasions when we did get them. It’s funny because now I see them in most markets in Ecuador, but growing up, they were very scarce.

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How to make homemade cherry limeade

However, we did have a variation of cherries called Surinam cherries (acerola in Spanish) that grew on our farm. They have a very different flavor than traditional cherries – delicious, but different: tangier with a slight hint of bitterness and a larger pit. Last summer while hiking in the French Alps, we found a tree full of ripe wild cherries, they were bright red, very sweet, and rounder/smaller than the cherries we are used to here.

Surinam cherry also known as Florida cherry  

I recently returned from an amazing trip to Ecuador. Even though I already miss Ecuador, I am happy to be back (and in my kitchen where I know where everything is). I usually miss the fruits and vegetables from Ecuador, however, I consider myself lucky that here in the PNW we have amazing farmers’ markets with a great variety of summer produce. Summer is the best time to be in Seattle and I’m lucky to get to enjoy it. Cherries are definitely a sign of summer here. In May, you can start to find cherries from California, but in this area, the cherries seem to be at their peak in August.

The best homemade cherry limeade

Whenever I buy cherries my kids tend to eat them until they are full of them. Then they ask me to make limeade (or lemonade) with the cherries that are left. This recipe for cherry limeade is very similar to the recipe for strawberry lemonade that I posted at the beginning of summer. The cherry limeade is made by blending pitted cherries with a couple of limes, water, and sugar. It’s a very quick way to make limeade since you don’t have to juice a bunch of limes. The only time-consuming part is removing the pits from the cherries.

Refreshing cherry limeade recipe

Making cherry limeade with whole limes in the blender

As mentioned in the strawberry lemonade and limeade recipes, when you make limeade using the blender you need to drink it the same day as it does get bitter by the next day. Even the freshly made limeade has a hint of bitterness due to the fact that whole lime (peel, pith, seeds and all) are used. Based on the feedback I’ve received it seems like most people enjoy it, but for a few it’s just not their thing.

Ice cold cherry limeade

If you’re not sure try making the limeade first to test it, after all you’ll only be using a couple of limes or just one if you make a half-batch. For those that do like the limeade prepared this way, it’s usually consumed very quickly. For a cocktail version just add some vodka or tequila. There’s nothing more refreshing than a cold glass of homemade cherry limeade to enjoy the last days of summer!

Cherry limeade recipe
How to make homemade cherry limeade

Cherry limeade

Easy recipe for a refreshing homemade cherry limeade recipe made with fresh cherries (or frozen), limes, water, and sugar (or honey).
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Latin fusion
Keyword: Cherry lime drink, Cherry limeade, Easy blender limeade
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Layla Pujol


  • 3 cups of cherries pitted (can be fresh or frozen)
  • 2 limes quartered (peel on – pith removed)
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ – ¾ cups of sugar you can also use honey or your favorite sweetener
  • Ice
  • Garnish: Cherries and lime slices


  • Combine the cherries and limes in the blender with the sugar and 2 cups of water. You can also add some ice if you want it extra cold.
  • Blend until all the ingredients are pureed.
  • Strain the juice and add the rest of the water through the strainer
  • Serve cold or with ice garnished with cherries and lime slices.
    How to make homemade cherry limeade


Cherry limeade
Cherry limeade

Step by step preparation photos for homemade cherry limeade:

Cherries to make cherry limeade
Limes for cherry limeade
Place the cherries, limes, sugar and water in the blender
Cherry limeade using the blender
Garnishes for cherry limeade
Cherry limeade

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