Refreshing cherry limeade | summer cocktail | mocktail | non-alcoholic | cherries | limes | patio drinks |
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Fresh Cherry Limeade

You guys I have been wanting to make a good cocktail for a long time, but being that I was pregnant I didn’t bother.  Clint’s not a big cocktail guy, and I would have just been sad that I couldn’t drink it, and I hate wasting food/drinks.  We eat/drink virtually everything I make to photograph for the blog.

But, now that Wilder is here, I am no longer pregnant and it is summer time I’m feeling the cocktail vibe again…only thing is, I have barely been able to put back a glass of rosé, so I’m starting off slow.  I made a mocktail – which you an easily add a shot of your favourite liquor too.  Personally I would add a good gin, or a nice sweet bourbon.


The great thing is, starting this off non-alcoholic means the whole family can drink it, Luna included and Clint and I can spike it when we want to.

I love lemonade in the summer, and cherry lemonade is one of my favourites – but this time I decided to make a limeade instead.  Remember the ‘ol Minute Maid limeade from when you were a kid….do they still make that?  This is like a suped up, better and slightly healthier version of that; because I added fresh in season cherries to the mix and way less sugar than you would see in a store-bought product.


Refreshing cherry limeade | summer cocktail | mocktail | non-alcoholic | cherries | limes | patio drinks |

Fresh Cherry Limeade

Yield: 41/2 cups syrup and 12 glasses
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Easy refreshing non-alcoholic cherry limeade. Spice it up a notch with a shot of gin or bourbon.


  • 4 cups of pitted cherries
  • 11/4 cups sugar
  • 11/2 cups fresh lime juice
  • Fresh mint or basil leaves
  • lime wedges
  • fresh cherries
  • cherry limeade syrup
  • 6 to 8 cups of still or sparkling water (or to taste)
  • Ice


  1. In a medium sized saucepan on medium heat, add the pitted cherries, sugar and lime juice, stir consistently until sugar has completely dissolved. remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Process in a Vitamix or other blender/food processor until the cherries have been completely pulverized.
  3. You may strain the mix to remove any leftover cherry bits, however I personally leave them in.
  4. If you are ready to serve, you can either add about 1/3 cup to glasses of ice and top with still or sparkling water, stir, add your choice of garnish and serve or, you can make it in a pitcher and serve with glasses of ice. The syrup can be stored in the fridge for a week in an airtight container.
  5. If you want to add liquor to this, I would pour the shot in first, than add the syrup and water of your choice.


How much water you add to your syrup depends on how sweet you like things. This recipe is definitely more tart than many lemonades, so keep that in mind.  You can also adjust the amount of sugar in the recipe, but I try and use the least amount possible, while still ensuring the proper flavour.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 glasses Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 99gFiber: 2gSugar: 82gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators and not from My Sweet Mess. Although we do attempt to provide as accurate nutritional information as possible, these figures are only estimates.


If you want to make an alcoholic beverage – I suggest gin or bourbon and soda or gingerale; or if you want to get crazy add a little gingerbeer. I promise you will enjoy any iteration.


This is the perfect drink for these beautiful summer days we’re having, and a great way to use up some seasonal cherries – especially for those of you that are lucky enough to have a tree in your yard.

If you make this, please comment here on the blog, or post a picture and tag me on Instagram.  I so love seeing what you guys are making and enjoying. Cheers!

Till the next recipe,

Kristen xo


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