Welcome to July! How did we get here and what happened to June? Summer is hands down my favorite time of year. I love spending time outside, even on hot days.
You know those really scalding hot days where all you want to do is sit in front of a fan and not move? I experience those types of days often throughout the summer, especially because we don’t have central air in our charming, 105-year-old house. Don’t worry, we have 2 window air conditioners, but there are still parts of our house that just never get cool enough. It’s moments like those when we need a super refreshing drink to cool off with. Cherry limeade to the rescue!
I’m not talking about cherry grenadine plus a splash of lemon-lime soda that you usually get at fairs. This stuff is the real deal. I’m talking about cherries pureed in a blender with fresh-squeezed lime juice, sweetened with a splash of agave nectar.
This recipe requires 3 ingredients and only 10 minutes to make. Even if your kitchen is a sauna, there is no excuse not to make this cherry limeade.
I know you’ll love it. It’s:
A beautiful color
Best enjoyed on a hot summer day
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 6 to 8 limes)
- 1 cup frozen (or fresh) pitted Bing cherries, defrosted
- ½ cup to ¾ cup agave nectar
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 lime, cut into slices for garnish (optional)
- Place the pitted Bing cherries into a blender, and a splash of the lime juice, along with the agave nectar (start with ½ cup; you can always stir more agave in at the end). Blend until the cherries are pureed.
- To a pitcher add the cherry juice mixture, the remainder of the lime juice, 3 cups filtered water, and the 1 cup ice. Stir to combine. Taste-test the cherry limeade. If you want to add more agave nectar, simply stir it in really well.
- Add the lime slices to the pitcher. You can also add a lime slice to each glass for garnish.
- Keep chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Stir really well just before serving. Serve over ice.