A Vodka Cherry Limeade is the homemade adult version of your favorite summer refreshment! The combination of lime, cherry, and vodka is refreshing and tangy, with just the right hint of sweetness. It’ll make you feel like a kid again, but with the perks of being an adult 😉

Cherry limeade cocktails in mason jars

Do you ever get into those modes where you seem to reminisce every five seconds?

I don’t know if it was seeing one of my best friends get married a couple weeks ago or simply the summer kicking in, but I feel like memories are flooding me at every single turn. 

Summer cocktails with lime and cherries

Lately, I have been dreaming about those lazy summers that I would spend out of school but not old enough to have to worry about working.

Back then, Sonic was THE place to go and I was ALL about the cherry limeade that came in the biggest size possible (alongside a burger and fries of course). We would sit around their benches and tables, giggling about what happened at the pool that day or gossiping about our latest crushes.

Simple vodka cherry limeade recipe

I just remember vividly being SO refreshed by that drink… So I’m revamping the favorite recipes, just for us adults!

More summer cocktail recipes: Grilled Lemon Lime Mojito / Salted Watermelon Grapefruit Paloma / Peach Tequila Sunrise Punch / Orange Dreamsicle 

Holding a bubbly cherry and lime cocktail in a mason jar

This Recipe’s Must-Haves

As you’ll see below, you need to literally shake things up to make this cocktail! I personally recommend a sturdy Boston cocktail shaker if you’re looking for something to add to your home bar.

Be sure you have a cocktail strainer to strain the drink into a glass and a bar spoon to stir it all up with. 

I like to serve these cocktails in mason jars because it’s a simple, yet rustic presentation that always looks awesome. 

Overhead shot of summer cocktails with cherries and lime

How To Make The Very Best Boozy Cherry Limeades


First, you start with shaking up the base ingredients for the cocktail up with some ice to get the ingredients nice and chilled. Not to mention well combined.


Next you strain that mixture into a mason jar filled halfway with crushed ice. I mean, crushed ice is kind of a must when it comes to making a cherry limeade right? It’s oh-so Sonic 😉

Overhead shot of cherry limeade cocktails in mason jars

Add Bubbly

The finishing touch is the bubbly lemon-lime soda to give the cherry limeade that final burst of refreshing coolness. Finish it off with some more ice and a pretty cherry & lime wedge garnish!

Summer cherry and lime cocktails

What kind of limeade should I use?

My personal favorite brand is Simply Limeade (i.e. the peeps who make Simply Orange). It’s refreshing, really flavorful, and it has all-natural ingredients. You can use any brand you like of course, or you can make homemade limeade if that’s your jam!

Can I make this recipe non-alcoholic? 

Yes you can! Simply skip the vodka and add a couple extra ounces of soda to balance it out. Perfect for the days when you don’t want to drink, or if you want something fun for the kiddos to drink!

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Vodka Cherry Limeade

Yield: 2 cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Just like the cherry limeades you used to drink as a kid, except boozy!


  • 4 oz vodka
  • 4 oz limeade
  • 2 oz grenadine
  • Lemon lime soda
  • Garnish: lime wedges, maraschino cherries


  1. Add vodka, limeade, and grenadine to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass filled halfway with crushed ice.
  3. Top with enough soda to almost fill the cocktail glass.
  4. Top with more crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with lime wedges and maraschino cherries.

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