A healthy twist on a favorite Sonic drink – you only need 3 real food ingredients and a few minutes to whip up a homemade cherry limeade everyone will love!
Maybe you, like me, drank your fair share of Cherry Limeade growing up.
There was a Sonic across the street from my high school so, after school, before volleyball or soccer games, and on the way to or from nearly anywhere, we’d drive through and order a Route 44 Cherry Limeade. Oh, how I wish I could have all that corn syrup, red dye, and artificial flavoring back. 😝
But since I can’t, I’ve made my own real food version!
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Healthier Cherry Limeade
My homemade version of this classic fountain drink is made from just four, all natural ingredients: cherries, lime juice (get this handy lemon and lime squeezer!), honey, and water. And it only takes a few minutes to make in the blender.
The first time I made it a couple of weeks ago, I slurped it down just like old times, taking in the bold flavors of the sweet black cherries and refreshing lime!
Predictably, my kids slurped theirs down too. I love that they’re learning that real, whole foods created by God really are better than the chemically concocted ones that fill the grocery aisles and drive throughs!
I’ve already had multiple requests to make it again, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of it as the summer heat sets in!
How to Make a Healthy Homemade Cherry Limeade
This really couldn’t be easier – just blend the ingredients (water, lime juice, and honey first – then add the cherries and blend again). Feel free to start with half the amount of honey, then add more if it suits your taste.
I add extra cherries and lime slices before serving to give it that classic Sonic vibe.
- 4 cups filtered water can replace part with sparkling water if desired
- 5 Tbsp fresh lime juice juice from 5 small limes
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 2 cups frozen pitted black cherries
- Fresh or frozen cherries and lime wedges for garnish optional
- Place the first 3 ingredients in the blender and blend until well mixed.
- Add cherries and continue blending until mixture is smooth.
- Pour over ice and garnish with cherries and/or lime wedges before serving.
Frozen, pitted cherries are much cheaper than fresh - I bought frozen organic cherries from Costco for around $2.50/pound!