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:print this recipe
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.