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Cherry Limeade, All Grown Up

Mike turned the big 2-3 at the end of June and I was itching to throw a party. It would be our first party at our house and I couldn’t think of a better time to have it. I had a whole menu planned out, complete with 4 desserts, but I couldn’t decide on what to serve for drinks. I scoured dozens of drink recipes and finally settled on a Cherry Limeade.

Yum. Yum. Yum!!!!

We served this sans alcohol. Then, the champagne for the mimosas found its way into the drinks. What a wonderful “accident”. This drink was perfect for the hot, sunny day – it was light, refreshing, and so easy to make. We ran out of batch #1 halfway through the party and it took me just minutes to whip up another jug of it.

Cherry Limeade
serves 15 

2 12 fluid ounce cans frozen limeade concentrate
2 2 liter bottles lemon-lime soda
10 ounce jar of maraschino cherries
2 limes
Champagne, optional

  1. Pour both cans of limeade into beverage container. Stir in the juice from the jar of cherries. Mix well. Cut one lime in half and squeeze juice into beverage container and add in soda. Stir to combine. Slice remaining lime and garnish drinks with lime slices and cherries.
  2. If desired, mix champagne in with cherry limeade for an even bubblier refreshing adult beverage. We found the ratio of 3 parts limeade to 1 part champagne to be best. Enjoy!

I made some lime ice cubes to garnish the drink as well. You can use the cherries to garnish the individual drinks, or do like I did – emptied the whole dang jar into the dispenser.