Cherry Vodka Limeade

I became formally acquainted with Cherry Limeades as a student at the University of Oklahoma.  Trips to Classic 50’s are part of the culture in Norman – and their Cherry Limeades, with the best crushed ice, quenched my thirst many days while I lived there. Fast forward to the first truly hot day of the summer this year and my mind went right back to those fond memories. 

Cherry Vodka Limeade

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 oz cherry vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz lemon-lime soda (diet is good)
  • ½ oz cherry juice from jar of maraschino cherries or store-bought grenadine
  • Maraschino cherry and lime wedge for garnish


  1. Put vodka, lime juice, cherry juice (or grenadine), and lemon lime soda into a glass and fill with ice (tall collins glass or stemless wine glass works well).
  2. Stir gently, garnish with cherry and/or lime wedge if desired.


No modifications needed with this recipe at all (click HERE for the original).  With my first trial, I only had store-bought grenadine.  The bright red syrup, with all of its artificial color and flavor, was a good substitute for the maraschino juice.  The second time, I used the maraschino cherry juice – the flavor is similar, maybe slightly better. You could reduce or omit the cherry juice/grenadine if sweet isn’t your thing. I don’t think it will make a largely noticeable difference, other than leaving your drink colorless.

This drink is exactly what you expect from a Cherry Limeade – sweet, tart, cold, and refreshing. The difference with this is, of course, that little kick of vodka. For a moment, I was transported from the yells and screams of my children back to my nearly carefree college life.  Sigh….  There is no doubt that I am welcoming this one to my summer beverage lineup.  Cheers! – and Boomer Sooner!

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