Cherry Limeade Smoothie

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Two glasses of vibrant pink Cherry Limeade Smoothies

In the small town I grew up in, there was one main road down the middle of town and when we got a Sonic put in next to the gas station, it was a big deal. Watch out everybody, we’re big city now.

My favorite drink has always has been a cherry limeade. So refreshing, bubbly and perfectly tart and sweet. I especially love the cherry and squeezed limes at the bottom to nosh on once the drink is gone.

I don’t frequent Sonic much anymore (unless we get a serious craving for Peach Iced Tea), but a craving for something cherry and lime occasionally still persists. Enter: This smoothie. 5 ingredients, tart and sweet, and perfect as a healthy breakfast on the go.

Plate of colorful fruit for making our Cherry Limeade Smoothie recipe
Blender with fresh fruit for making a Cherry Limeade Smoothie

It starts with loads of cherries and fresh lime juice for that quintessential cherry limeade flavor. Ripe nectarine adds creamy texture and a sweet touch that’s neutral but complements the cherries perfectly. Almond milk adds creaminess, while ice chills everything down.

It’s like a breakfast cherry limeade to-go. Yes, please.

Two glasses of our refreshing gluten-free vegan Cherry Limeade Smoothie

This smoothie is like summertime in a glass. It’s

Perfectly tart-sweet
Naturally sweetened
Vegan and gluten-free
& Highly portable

Most mornings we have a smoothie of some form for breakfast and I definitely see this making an appearance in our weekly rotation. Not to mention, it would make an awesome popsicle if you had leftovers. Just sayin’.

Glasses of our Cherry Limeade Smoothie with fresh cherries and limes

Hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as we have. If you make it, you know what to do: Snap a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can be cherry limeade buds. OK? K. Cheers!

Glasses of Cherry Limeamde Smoothies for a refreshing vegan treat

Cherry Limeade Smoothie

A simple, 5-minute smoothie that tastes just like a creamy cherry limeade! 5 ingredients, perfectly tart and sweet, and perfect as a healthy breakfast or snack on the go!
Author Minimalist Baker
Two glasses of our Cherry Limeade Smoothie recipe beside fruit used to make it
4.78 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (small smoothies)
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 Month (as popsicles)
Does it keep? Up to 24 hours


  • 1 ripe nectarine or peach (sliced)
  • 1 heaping cup fresh or frozen cherries (add less ice if using frozen)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or sub water or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1-2 medium limes (juiced // depending on preferred tartness)
  • 1 handful ice



  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Taste and adjust flavors as needed, adding more cherries for sweetness and more lime for tart.
  • Recipe as originally written yields 2 small smoothies or one large smoothie. Optional: Freeze leftovers into Popsicles.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 small smoothies Calories: 150 Carbohydrates: 35 g Protein: 1.7 g Fat: 1.3 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 83 mg Fiber: 3 g Sugar: 6.2 g

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  1. Suzanne Baker says

    Made this on a 100 F day. Delicious. I didn’t have a ripe peach so used roughly equivalent fresh mango and used the juice of one lime. Made enough for the three of us to have a small smoothie in the afternoon. We all loved it!

  2. Sara says

    I made this smoothie once before with frozen peaches and cherries, and I was unsure about it. This time, I made it with a fresh ripe peach and fresh ripe cherries, homemade almond milk (using the MB recipe), a handful of ice and juice of 2 limes. It came out tart and delicious, but not very sweet. I froze about half into popsicles and blended the remaining serving with 1 Tbsp Tropeaka vanilla protein powder and it is so delicious. I’m still waiting for the popsicles to freeze, so haven’t tried them yet. Thanks!

  3. Iralyn says

    Perfect refreshing smoothie for summer and healthier version of the standard “cherry limeade”! I made with only 1 lime (since I was sharing with a toddler), put in the spinach, 1/2 tsp chia + 1/2 ground flax, and used coconut water for the liquid. Will definitely be making again!

    • Sharlen Smith says

      So good!! I didn’t have frozen cherries, but I had fresh cherry juice from the tree in our garden. I blended the juice with peaches, limes, and frozen coconut milk cubes. A perfect summer drink!

  4. Sarah says

    Thanks for this smoothie recipe! It is was so refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day. I used coconut water for the liquid, and it was delicious!

  5. Amanda says

    I’ve quit drinking sodas for years but there are times I CRAVE a cherry limeade, especially in 100 degree Texas. I’m happy I found this and can’t wait to try this!!

  6. Evie says

    wow! This cherry limeade smoothie looks is awesome. I have not tried, I can not resist the Enticement to see! thanks for share…

  7. Julia LeGrand says

    This is just yummy! A fun summer treat and easy to make with the Costco bag of frozen organic cherries. My husband is a smoothie convert for these flavors.

  8. Brittney says

    This is fantastic! I added about 1/4c of oats just for bulk because smoothies are my lunch. Delicious! My daughter loves it, too.

  9. Kirstie says

    This smoothie is AMAZING! I recently purchased a HUGE basket of cherries from the farmer’s market and was on a search to figure out what to do with them. This recipe was one of the many I made with the cherries I bought, and by far my favourite! The taste of these keeps you wanting more. I have made this recipe multiple times over the past two weeks and am still loving it!

    Thanks for sharing this!

  10. Kyle done says

    I’m sure this is good if got high dollar equipment but I don’t have juicer so just chopped lime up and put in blender.and blender didn’t do good had to dump out smoothie because of chunks of lime and cherry were too much

  11. sarah says

    Just found this recipe! I’m pregnant and have been addicted to cherry limeades! Could you use kefir instead of almond milk or would it make it too thick?

  12. Julia says

    I love this! Lime always add such a yummy punch to smoothies. I’ll have to try the cherry-lime combo for tomorrow’s breakfast. :)

  13. Rosanna says

    I could eat cherries everyday.. but it’s even better if you can drink your cherries!.. Just made this smoothie with frozen cherries and a frozen peach!.. YUM! Thanks Dana!

  14. Anne says

    Lovely!!! Love smoothies and this one looks especially inviting. I’m just too lazy to get my blender out… Every time I use it, it starts leaking out the bottom… Uggg. So want this right now.

  15. Debra @ Worth Cooking says

    Love those vibrant colors! I am stuck in “banana smoothie” land, so will have to give this a try. Cherry limeade is one of my favorite flavor combos.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Me too! I almost always go for bananas in smoothies. This is a nice, lower sugar departure from that. Hope you enjoy it, Debra!

  16. Tomas says

    This is delicious! I only had to change the recipe a bit because cherries are long time gone here where I live. I used our home made cherry jam instead in smaller amount (1/2 cup) and added 1/2 cup of water because it was too thick with the jam. Result is probably also sweeter because of added sugar in the jam. Thanks for inspiration!

  17. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen says

    I love this smoothie recipe – why have I never put cherries in a smoothie before? I can’t wait to try this recipe next time I have cherries in the house :)

  18. Kyla @ Two Cups Cacao says

    I love Sonic Cherry Limeades too! When I read this, I swore you were reading my mind. I so wish I had cherries right now, but this looks so crazy good I’m going to have to run to the store to pick some up. Definitely going to try this.

  19. Tammy says

    This smoothie is another reason you are my favorite…taking something that sounds amazing, and making it even better! Pinning this, and making it as soon as possible! Summer in a glass!

  20. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says

    I don’t make smoothies enough. Which seems odd because I made them a ton during the winter but now I forget during the hot summer months. This one sounds right up my alley.

  21. Kate @ Almond Butter Binge says

    Yay! I have been looking for a new smoothie to mix up my breakfast game, and this one looks so refreshing, especially with that nectarine in there. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Katie says

    Sonic for the win! We live across the street for one, and I’ve been wanting to make healthier versions of some of their drinks (cherry limeade is #1 on the list!). Thank you!

  23. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate says

    I don’t go to Sonic much, but, this does look delicious! I love that you added nectarines!

  24. Tom @ Raise Your Garden says

    Wow I was just craving a smoothie. Cherries with a little kick of lime sounds splendid. I actually just purchased peaches as well. I’m making this today!

  25. Maryea {happy healthy mama} says

    I’ve never had a cherry limeade and now you make me feel like I’m missing something! haha. I think I’ll just skip it and go right to this smoothie. I love cherries and lime so I’m sure I’d love this.

  26. Sarah | The Sugar Hit says

    This smoothie is KILLER. I dig a cherry limeade, and this is that, but actually good for me? Bonus!

    • Emma says

      Smoothies really nice! Almost tastes like candy. I used frozen sour cherries so mine came out very tart but I added some honey and it was great!
      PS. People!!! Please don’t rate the recipes if you haven’t made them!!! I hate feeling like the recipe doesn’t have an accurate rating when so many people will give it 5 stars for “looking good”