Sparkling Cherry Limeade (Naturally Sweetened)

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Two glasses of homemade cherry limeade with fresh cherries and lime slices

The ULTIMATE summer drink is here: cherry limeade! This super refreshing, Sonic-inspired “soda” tastes as good as the classic, but it’s naturally sweetened and made with just 4 ingredients!

Packed with fresh cherries, perfectly tart-sweet, and ready in just 10 minutes, this bubbly beverage will be quenching your cherry soda craving in no time. Let us show you how it’s done!

Limes, cherries, sparkling water, and maple syrup

This cherry limeade is SO easy to make, friends! We’re talking probably easier than driving to Sonic (okay, unless you live next door!).

Blender with pitted cherries, lime juice, and maple syrup

We start with blending up fresh cherries, lime juice, and maple syrup to make a cherry lime concentrate.

Cherry lime concentrate in a glass

The concentrate keeps for a few days, so you can store it in the refrigerator, and whenever you’re in the cherry limeade mood, you can make it in seconds.

Pouring cherry lime concentrate over ice in a glass

Simply add the concentrate to a glass with ice and sparkling water and you’ve got sparkling cherry limeade. Now that’s definitely faster than driving to Sonic, even if do you live next door!

Pouring sparkling water into a glass to make sparkling cherry limeade

We can’t wait for you to try this cherry limeade! It’s:

Easy to make
Made with fresh cherries
& (dare we say) As delicious as Sonic’s!

It’s perfect for hot days, picnics, summer, and celebrating fresh cherry season! For bigger groups or making in advance, we recommend making more of the cherry lime concentrate and mixing with sparkling water just before serving.

And if you’re hungry, may we suggest some chips and guac, too?

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Two glasses of sparkling cherry limeade with fresh cherries and limes

Sparkling Cherry Limeade (Naturally Sweetened)

Our naturally sweetened, healthier take on Sonic’s cherry limeade! This tart-sweet, refreshing drink is made with just 4 ingredients, including fresh cherries!
Author Minimalist Baker
Glass of sparkling cherry limeade garnished with a lime slice and fresh cherries
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3 Days



  • 2 cups fresh bing cherries, halved and pitted (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  • Ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup cherry lime concentrate
  • 1/4 cup sparkling water
  • 1 slice of lime


  • Remove the pits from your cherries by slicing them down the middle and twisting the two halves apart. The pits should come loose pretty easily if your cherries are ripe. Alternatively, use a cherry pitter.
  • CHERRY LIME CONCENTRATE: To a high-speed blender, add pitted cherries, lime juice, and maple syrup. Blend on high until all ingredients are well puréed.
  • TO MAKE ONE DRINK: Fill a glass with ice and add 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the cherry concentrate. Then add 1/4 cup (60 ml) of sparkling water. You can add more sparkling water if you prefer a more subtle flavor or more cherry lime concentrate for a more intense flavor. Garnish with a cherry and a slice of lime. Enjoy!
  • The cherry lime concentrate without sparkling water can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 74 Carbohydrates: 19.5 g Protein: 0.7 g Fat: 0.1 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.23 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 2 mg Potassium: 177 mg Fiber: 1.3 g Sugar: 15.5 g Vitamin A: 7 IU Vitamin C: 10 mg Calcium: 26 mg Iron: 0.2 mg

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  1. Toni says

    So, this is awesome stuff!

    Since I was asked to bring 2-1/2 GALLONS of it to a Tea Party for two dozen friends, I decided to compare fresh and frozen cherries side by side. (Pitting 12 cups of cherries, yeah, + the cost! Lol.)

    Happy to report that while the frozen cherries gave a slightly different flavor when compared sip-to-sip, the drink was AMAZING with both fresh and frozen. (I had a bag of organic ones, Cascadian Farm brand.) IMHO, if cost, availability and ease of preparation are a big factor, frozen work nicely here! I ran a little warm water over them pre-blending, but did not fully defrost.

    Thx for the amazing recipe! 💕

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Toni! Appreciate your kind words and lovely review! xo

      • Toni says

        The drink was a huge hit at the party! So good! Multiple requests for the recipe, so if you notice a spike in hits on this post…😂😂🔥 Your blog is a contributing factor to my reputation as a cook/baker. ❤️

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Whoop! We’re so happy to be able to help, Toni. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with fellow party guests! xoxo

  2. desiree says

    made this with honey + some rainier cherries since we were short on bing and it was amazing! me and my partner are going to try this blended with some ice for a slushy vibe :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you both enjoyed it, Desiree! Thank you for the lovely review! A slushie is a great idea. We also have a cherry limeade smoothie if you’re interested 🙂 It might be good inspo!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Elaine, we haven’t tried it with frozen, but we think it might work. Let us know if you give it a try!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lynn, we haven’t tested with frozen, but we think it might work. Let us know if you try it!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Elena, we think vodka would be the easiest, and gin would be another great option!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tested with frozen, but we think it should work! Let us know if you try it out.