Whipped Cherry Limeade

This homemade slushie tastes like summer in a glass. Add a splash of half-and-half or your favorite nondairy creamer to give it a soft serve 

-style spin, or leave it plain to evoke an old-time cherry-lime rickey. And while bottled tart cherry juice is perfect for this drink, 

If you have fresh cherry juice from picking your own fruit, feel free to use it here! Either way, this homemade refresher will make your summer even sunnier. 

– ½ cup sugar – ½ cup water – Zest of 1 large lime or 2 small lime – ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 limes) – ¼ cup tart unsweetened cherry juice – 2 tablespoons half-and-half – 2 ½ cups ice cube


Bring sugar and water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves.  


Stir in lime zest and remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 1 hour, then strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve; discard the zest.

Add 1/2 cup of the simple syrup, lime juice, cherry juice, half-and-half (if using) and ice to a blender.  

Blend until the ice is crushed and the mixture is slushy. Divide among 4 8-ounce glasses and serve immediately.