Cherry Limeade

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This homemade sparkling cherry limeade recipe has a subtle hint of almond and is perfect for any summer BBQ or picnic.

Every celebration deserves a signature drink. Whether it’s a cocktail or a refreshing, sparkling lemonade. Or in our case today, a sparkling cherry limeade!! Last summer my signature drink for gatherings was this sparkling strawberry cucumber limeade and everyone loved it! But we are taking things up a notch this year with another fruity limeade with a little dash of almond extract to our cherry.

This homemade sparkling cherry limeade recipe has a subtle hint of almond and is perfect for any summer BBQ or picnic.

I love adding almond extract to my cakes and pies but I love it in drinks too. Remember when these mango margaritas? We had a secret ingredient in it and we using the same here too. Almond brings out the flavor in a lot of fruits, especially cherries. I used Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Almond Extract in these cherry limeades! I also added a little bit of dark rum I had left over and it was a delicious addition. So if you are making this for an adult gathering, be sure to add a little bit of rum or vodka.

Now, I’m hoping all goes well with my final exam on Wednesday so I can celebrate  with this cherry limeade. It will be perfect to relax with on a hot summer day or to bring along to a picnic at the park.

This homemade sparkling cherry limeade recipe has a subtle hint of almond and is perfect for any summer BBQ or picnic.

Yield: 1 liter

Cherry Limeade

A refreshing sparkling cherry limeade with hints of almond. Perfect for any summer BBQ.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cherries, pits removed
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup simple syrup, or more to taste
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Nielsen Massey Pure Almond Extract
  • Sparkling water or club soda
  • (Optional: a dash of rum or vodka)
  • Garnish: lime wedges, fresh mint and cherries

Instructions

  • In a blender, blend the fresh cherries until smooth. Pass the puree through a fine sieve and collect cherry liquid into a medium bowl.
  • In a large pitcher, whisk together the cherry juice with the simple syrup, lime juice and almond extract.
  • When ready to serve, add ice to the pitcher and fill with about a liter of sparkling water or club soda.
  • Mix well and add sweetener to taste.
  • Serve with garnishes and enjoy immediately.

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