This sparkling berry cherry limeade is a refreshing, low-sugar drink that’s easy to make at home with a few simple, real food ingredients.
When we were growing up we would occasionally stop at a Sonic restaurant for a strawberry or cherry limeade as a fun treat. Sonics are long gone locally, but with this humid summer heat a cold, bubbly cherry limeade sounds beyond refreshing. I knew I wanted to make a homemade limeade recipe, but with a couple twists.
I have been loving cherry berry flavor combinations lately, so I went with a berry cherry limeade flavor. Then, of course, I knew I wanted to keep the ingredients as simple as possible without a lot of sugar.
Healthy Sparkling Berry Cherry Limeade Ingredients:
- Berries and cherries: I used raspberries for my berries, but you can certainly use strawberries, blueberries, mixed berries, or whatever you prefer (or have on hand). For both the raspberries and cherries I used frozen fruit that I thawed; you can use fresh or frozen fruit (thawed) interchangeably.
- Lime juice: fresh limes take a little longer to squeeze and juice but I swear there’s a noticeable difference in the taste and freshness compared to bottled lime juice (if you do use bottled, make sure it’s one without artificial ingredients and preservatives and it’s 100% lime juice).
- Honey: limes and raspberries can both be a bit tart. Just a touch of honey goes a long way to cut through the tartness and add a subtle hint of sweetness. If you’re looking for a sweeter berry cherry limeade, feel free to sweeten to taste.
- Sparkling water (or seltzer water): with the only ingredient carbonated water, this is the perfect way to add some bubbly to the sparkling berry cherry limeade without dousing it in a high fructose corn syrup-laden soda.
How to Make a Cherry Limeade at Home:
Now I’m sure there are loads of techniques and recipes out there, but all I did was combine my thawed fruit, lime juice, and honey in a blender and gave it a quick blend to combine all the ingredients. I didn’t want the fruit skins, pulp, or seeds in my limeade, so I strained the blended fruit mixture through a fine mesh sieve (Amazon affiliate link). If you have a nut milk bag or cheesecloth (also Amazon affiliate links), you could also pour your fruit mixture through there to strain the seeds away.
And side note – you don’t have to toss the seeds if you don’t want to! I spread them on a cracker as a seedy “jam” that my daughter enjoyed when she woke up from her nap. You could also add them to a smoothie for a boost of more fiber!
Now, if you’re making this whole recipe to be enjoyed by several people at once, I would recommend combining the berry cherry limeade fruit puree and the sparkling water in a pitcher and serving immediately.
If you’re making in advance or only drinking 1-2 servings at a time, I would recommend waiting to add sparkling water immediately before serving. If you’re making a single serving, just place 1/3 cup of the puree in a glass with ice, top with 3/4 cup sparkling/ seltzer water, give it a quick stir and it’s ready to be enjoyed.
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Sparkling Berry Cherry Limeade
- 1 cup cherries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 3 cups seltzer water
- ice to serve with
- optional lime slices for garnish
- Combine the cherries, raspberries, lime juice, and honey in a blender and blend for 30 seconds on medium to high speed until it's a smooth puree.
- Strain the fruit puree through a fine mesh sieve or through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
- If serving several people immediately: combine fruit puree in a pitcher with sparkling seltzer water and immediately pour over ice.
- If serving one person: place 1/3 cup puree in a glass over ice, add 3/4 cup sparkling water, and give it a quick stir.
- If making in advance: refrigerate the puree in a sealed jar or container up to 4-5 days. Combine with sparkling seltzer water immediately prior to serving.