Cherry Limeade Slushies and Limeade Recipe

Drinks, Seasonal Recipes, Summer Recipes | 27 comments

We have been enjoying these Cherry Limeades so much lately. They’re a little bit addicting, but in a good way and they’ve been great when we have needed a little sweet treat at the end of the day. They’d be a perfect addition to your 4th of July picnic or barbecue this weekend.

cherry limeade recipe

Now, don’t get this confused with the ever popular Sonic Cherry Limeade. I’m all for ordering one on occasion, but this recipe leaves me feeling just a tad bit less guilty since these homemade slushies don’t contain any soda or high fructose corn syrup. Plus, it’s supplemented with real fruit pureed with the limeade.

What’s so great about this recipe is it’s simplicity. One batch of homemade limeade will make you several batches of Cherry Limeade . But, if you really want, you can use an all-natural store bought limeade and then whipping up your very own slushy will only take a second.

cherry limeade slushie recipe

We’ve tried making these slushies with other fruits as well. Get creative with whatever frozen fruit you have stashed away in the freezer. Strawberries were also popular here in our house, but we decided that we like the cherry version best.

If you are a fan of Cherry Limeade, you might also like these Cherry Limeade Cupcakes that I made for a 4th of July celebration a few years ago.

Looking for more 4th of July menu ideas?




Hope all of you in the USA have a wonderful, long weekend. Happy Independence Day!

Cherry Limeade Slushies

Limeade adapted from Strawberry Lemon-Limeade
serves 2 - 4

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For the Cherry Limeade Slushies:
2 cups Limeade, recipe follows*
1 - 2 cups crushed ice, according to preference
1 1/2 cups frozen cherries

For the Limeade:
1 cup sugar
1 cup of water
1 cup fresh lime juice
4-6 cups cold water (according to taste)

*alternatively, use all-natural store bought limeade if desired.


For the Cherry Limeade Slushies:

Combine the 2 cups limeade, crushed ice, and frozen cherries in a blender. Start with 1 cup crushed ice and add additional ice until desired slushy-ness is achieved. Puree until blended to slushy consistency. Serve immediately.

For the Limeade

Combine the sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan to make a simple syrup. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool. In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup, lime juice, and cold water. Adjust water according to your sweet taste preferences. Chill.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Shaina - June 30, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    Love limeade. I’m going to have to find some nice cherries to give this a try.


  • 2
    Lauren from Lauren's Latest - June 30, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    Those slushies sound awesome! My daughter would love ‘em!


  • 3
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - July 01, 2011 @ 1:08 am

    Love cherries! These sound wonderful.


  • 4
    Beverly - July 01, 2011 @ 6:10 am

    that looks so refreshing when it is so hot here!


  • 5
    Happy When Not Hungry - July 01, 2011 @ 6:18 am

    These drinks look amazing and so refreshing! Happy 4th of July!


  • 6
    megan @ whatmegansmaking - July 01, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    These look so good! Perfect for summer :)


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    Suzi - July 01, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    Peel the color skin off fruit and toss into saucepan while making syrup. The flavor is enhanced to a yummy level. Remove the peel after the syrup is cooled. Combine syrup and club soda in a tall glass of ice for a refreshing treat – learned this while in Central America – a mini-vacation in a glass.


  • 8
    Qa - July 01, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    These sound absolutely lovely :) , will try them over the weekend :)


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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - July 01, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    Cherry Limeades are like my favorite drink ever. I love this!


  • 10
    Tickled Red - July 01, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    This looks delicious. We love limeade so a slushie is even more fun.


  • 11
    Sues - July 01, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    I love cherry limeade, but as a slushie? Even better! And as cupcakes? I think I just died and went to heaven!


  • 12
    MikeVFMK - July 01, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    These look so refreshing! Perfect for today!


  • 13
    Alison - July 01, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    We just picked cherries last weekend! This will be a wonderful way to enjoy them.


  • 14
    Kathy - Panini Happy - July 01, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    I know these would be a huge hit in our house. The question is: can OxiClean handle it??! Lol, I’ll just bib everyone and enjoy. :-)


  • 15
    Heidi - July 01, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    Where do you get those straws?? I’ve been looking all over for some cute drinking straws :) Looks delicious


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — July 5th, 2011 @ 7:00 AM

      Heidi – The straws are from Sweet Lulu. Here is the link to the shop: Stripey Straws.

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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - July 01, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    This is so perfect for this weekend. I made Frozen Cherry Mojitos that looked just like these, only mine weren’t kid friendly. Madeline is simply adorable.


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    Vanessa - July 01, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    Yum! I’m all about the fruity drinks this summer! So easy to make and so refreshing.


  • 18
    Memoria - July 02, 2011 @ 12:11 am

    Wow. These slushies look amazing. I’m sort of addicted to the Sonic limeades, so I’m so glad you posted this recipe. I have only lemons and strawberries at home, so I think I’ll make a Strawberry Lemonade Slushie very soon. Thank you!

    Happy 4th to you too. :)


  • 19
    Wendie - July 02, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    Am I the only one who cant find the cherry limeade slushy recipe that is referenced?


    • Wendie replied: — July 2nd, 2011 @ 9:17 AM

      Duh, I found it! Sorry morning coffee hasnt kicked in

  • 20
    purabi naha - July 02, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    Just look at the rich colour. You made great slushies, dear! The combination of cherry and lime juice is fresh and cool!


  • 21
    Tracy - July 04, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look SO thick and cold, just the way I like my smoothies. Can’t wait to make these!!


  • 22
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - July 05, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    Yum! Those slushies look so refreshing! Perfect summer treat!


  • 23
    Miko's Girl - July 10, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    I love the red color as well as the flavor combination!


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    Tina Partenio - May 23, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    How many limes did you need for the 1 cup of fresh lime juice?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — May 23rd, 2013 @ 10:23 AM

      It really just depends on the size of the lime and how much juice that lime has. Some limes are drier than others.

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