cherry limeade slushies

by Amy on 14 August 2012

even though autumn is approaching (how is it possible that summer is almost over?!), temperatures here are still in the 80s, which means that i’m still loving warm weather drinks – lemonades, limeades, slushies, + smoothies. when i got some tasty fresh cherries a few weeks ago, i pitted + froze ’em (pictured below), knowing i’d want to enjoy them even after cherry season was over. when i came across a recipe for cherry limeade slushies, i knew i had found the perfect first use for those frozen cherries. and oh my goodness, these slushies turned out delicious! it’s a perfect combination of sweet + tart, with a wonderfully refreshing icy texture. really, a truly amazing warm weather treat!

a couple notes: while i used fresh cherries that i personally froze for this recipe, you can certainly buy already-frozen cherries from the store instead. second note: the homemade limeade that is the basis for these slushies is SO GOOD. i’ve made two batches in the last week – it’s great as is, or i love mixing half a glass of sparkling water with half a glass of limeade. delicious! + one final note: i used my OXO cherry + olive pitter to cleanly + quickly pit the cherries with nowhere near the mess that other pitters make. if you’re looking for a new kitchen tool that i promise you’ll love, check it out!

cherry limeade slushies

makes 2-4 slushies, adapted from good life eats


for the limeade:
1 cup sugar
1 cup of water
1 cup fresh lime juice
4 cups cold water

for the cherry limeade slushies:
2 cups limeade, recipe posted above (or, you can always use a store-bought limeade instead)
1 – 2 cups crushed ice, according to preference
1 1/2 cups frozen cherries


start by making the limeade:
combine the sugar + 1 cup of water in a small saucepan to make a simple sugar syrup. cook over medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. let cool to room temperature. in a pitcher, combine the cooled simple syrup, the lime juice, + 4 cups cold water. taste + add more water if needed, based on your sweet/tart flavor preference. chill.

to make the cherry limeade slushies:
combine 2 cups of the limeade, 1 cup crushed ice, + frozen cherries in a blender. puree until blended to a slushy consistency, adding more crushed ice if necessary to get the desired texture you like. serve immediately.

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1 Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 14, 2012 at 6:17 am

Yummmm!! I’ve actually completely lost my sweet tooth recently (I know, it’s shocking to me, too), but these sound really good!

2 Erin @ Texanerin Baking August 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

This looks amazing! And it’s already fall over here… it was in the 50s yesterday. Woohoo! But I’m kind of sad… all the yummy fruit will soon be gone and I’ll be stuck with apples until June. And oranges will come at some point. Bla. Anyway, never had a slushie. I’ll have to try them some time! :)

3 amy August 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

apple season is approaching here, too, + while i’m looking forward to cooler temps + fall fruits/veggies, summer produce is definitely my favorite of all the seasons!

4 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

My husband would love this! I might have to make slushies next weekend!

5 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

I want this in my life!

6 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel August 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

It’s still RIDICULOUSLY hot outside here, so anything that has ‘slushie’ or ‘icy’ in the name is right up my alley! I love Sonic’s cherry limeades and I know I’ll love this even better homemade icee version. Looks incredible!

7 danielle August 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

I love the idea of freezing some cherries – not sure why I never thought of it before.

8 amy August 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

i freeze lots of seasonal fruit because it’s a great way to make it last for a while for smoothies, baking, etc. you should definitely try it! =)

9 Elizabeth August 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

These look absolutely terrific! I’ve only the cherry and lime combo once in a chia drink, but I loved it! Wish I had one of these right now.

10 Katie B. of August 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

what a gorgeous looking beverage! we’re eliminating white sugar from our diet, but I bet agave or Truvia would both work just as well in this. Will bookmark to try soon!

11 amy August 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

thanks, katie! i bet you could definitely substitute agave or trivia – you’ll have to let me know how it is if you try it!

12 Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie August 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

I love freezing my own fruit – it always tastes better than the frozen stuff you can get at the store :) And I have that OXO cherry pitter – it is litterally a godsend.

These slushies look tasty! I love limeades from sonic so this homemade slushie version would surely do the trick 😉

13 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I can’t believe summer is almost over man. It’s 97 degrees all week here in LA! That only means I’ll have to refresh myself with this awesome slushy! Yum!

14 Ashley@BakerbyNature August 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

So pretty!! I love the idea of sipping one of these this summer – it’s still so hot!!!

15 Lesley Eats August 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I freeze a lot of fruit in the summer, too! Including tomatoes.

Question: how does this compare to the Sonic version? 😀

16 amy August 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm

honestly, it’s been ages since i’ve had the sonic version, so i can’t honestly say how it compares. i think that may be a good excuse for me to go out + get a sonic one this afternoon, don’t you? =) will report back!

17 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Ooh great use of frozen cherries!

18 angela@spinachtiger August 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I like the idea of freezing cherries and then having a good use for them. I think this could also be good with some vodka in it too!

19 Choc Chip Uru August 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

What a gorgeous coloured refreshing slushie 😀


20 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I love the cherry lime combination! Even though it’s almost fall, it’s still really hot here, too! These are perfect!

21 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl August 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Okay, so I totally have a bag of cherries sitting in the fridge that I should pit to use for these slushies–they look amazing!! My husband especially loves limeaides, so he’d probably fall over backward if I made one of these for him. LOVE!

22 amy August 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

ooh, you’ll have to let me know what you/he thinks of ’em when you make ’em – i hope they’re wonderful! =)

23 claire @ the realistic nutritionist August 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

This is my kinda slushie!! YUM!

24 Renee August 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

It is still so hot here I cannot even think about fall. This is a great summer beverage. It would be spectacular if there was one waiting for me after mowing the lawn.

25 Jackie @ Domestic Fits August 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Why are you doing this to me?! I have had such a hard time finding cherries this year that aren’t a billion dollars. Although this kind of seems worth the billion dollars that cherry growers are asking these days 😉

26 amy August 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

cherries can be *so* expensive which is why i love to stock up + freeze ’em when they’re as in season + inexpensive as possible. sorry to tempt you into buying pricey ones with this recipe! =)

27 Rikki August 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I love limeades. Cherry is always my favorite flavor too :) They’re so refreshing and perfect for warm days, which I don’t want to say goodbye to just yet!

28 Julie @ Table for Two August 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

my OXO cherry pitter is my new favorite kitchen gadget. I don’t care what they say about having 1 tool for only 1 purpose, they’re there for a reason and it makes it sooo much easier! I don’t know what I did without it. i love this cherry limeade, such a refreshing cooler and i’m a big fan of cherry drinks!

29 Kathryn August 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I haven’t had a slushie in so long & this is such a lovely combination. Must try!

30 Anna @ hiddenponies August 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Slushies are the perfect way to cool down – these are gorgeous! I love my oxo pitter too :)

31 corrie anne August 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Oh my. I felt the need to try a 7-11 sugar free slushie tonight… this looks so much better!!!

32 Rachel Cooks August 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

Love this! So refreshing and a perfect use for the cherries!

33 sally @ sallys baking addiction August 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

ugh Amy!! I could go for a HUGE glass of this right now. Not only am i sweating to death in my office (the AC is broken!!!) but this is my FAVE slushie flavor EVER! I don’t have a cherry pitter but I think I may need to get one. I’ve ruined plenty of white blouses :(

34 amy August 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I wish you lived closer because 1) i would make you one of these right now + 2) you could test-drive my cherry pitter. it really is an awesome tool, + no more ruined white blouses!

35 amanda August 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

i just so happen to have cherries, so i’ll be trying this soon. i have an abundance of lemons that have reached their prime, so i’ll try a cherry-lemon variety this time around. lovely photo!

36 amy August 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

ooh, you know I love me some lemon – can’t wait to hear how the cherry-lemon version turns out. please report back!

37 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) August 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Even though the weather has turned from hot to cool all of sudden here in the Cowboy State, these still sounds delish to me. 😉

38 baker street August 16, 2012 at 4:48 am

gorgeous shot of frozen cherries, amy! love the idea of a limeade slushie! :)

39 Katie August 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Yes please! These look like they could satisfy anyone on a hot summers day!

40 Baking Serendipity August 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I have cherries in the fridge that I just said need to be frozen…now I know the perfect use for them! These look so, so good!

41 Blond Duck August 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

So much better than 7-11!

42 Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake August 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

This looks like an amazing summer treat! love cherry limeades!!

43 Jennie @themessybakerblog August 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

I happen to have all of the ingredients for this delicious looking slushie in my fridge and freezer. I’m totally making these this week.

I need to get one of those pitters. Last time I pitted by hand, and there was red stained cherry juice every where. It wasn’t a pretty site.

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