Cherry Limeade Granita

Your summer needs this refreshing cherry limeade granita, trust me on this one. Before the season ends, promise me you’ll make it. A granita is kind of like a snow cone, with chunks of flavorful ice that are perfect for a hot summer’s day. Also, it’s easy. All you need is a freezer and a little patience.

I’ve long been a big fan of cherry limeades from Sonic Drive In, but now that I’ve made the real deal I don’t know if I can go back to their version. This recipe uses real cherries and lime juice, a little simple syrup, and some club soda. You could certainly pour it over ice and enjoy it straight away, and in fact you’re probably going to be tempted to do so. But it’s worth the wait to hold out for the granita.

Cherry Limeade Granita

When doing some light research for this recipe I found a lot that made cherry limeade with maraschino cherries, but since this is the summer that I am obsessed with bing cherries and always have a bag in my fridge, naturally I decided to use them instead. Definitely the hardest part of this recipe is pureeing and straining the cherries, but even that isn’t difficult. And once you’ve had a spoonful of this granita, you’ll be so glad you did.

Cherry Limeade Granita

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Cherry Limeade Granita
An easy frozen treat version of a favorite summer drink.
Yield: 6 large servings
  • 2 cups (385 grams) cherries, pitted
  • ⅔ cup (133 grams) sugar
  • ⅔ cup (157 ml) water
  • ½ cup (118 ml) fresh lime juice (approximately 3-4 limes)
  • 2 cups (473 ml) club soda, chilled
  1. In a food processor or blender, puree the cherries until smooth. Strain the liquid with a mesh strainer. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and combine with the cherry juice and lime juice. Chill mixture completely.
  3. In a 11x13 inch dish, combine the cherry and lime mixture with the club soda. Increase or decrease the amount of club soda to your taste. Place in the freezer. After 1 hour, use a fork to break up all frozen parts. Repeat this process every hour until all of the mixture is frozen, about 4 hours.

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6 Responses to Cherry Limeade Granita

  1. How exciting! Cherry Limeade is one of my all-time favorites, and this looks even more refreshing, if that’s possible. :)

  2. Sues says:

    There’s seriously nothing more refreshing than cherry limeade and I love that you used fresh cherries for this granita. It looks so pretty and so delicious!

  3. Fiona says:

    Your granita sounds like the perfect thing to enjoy on a really scorching day. I’ve never come across Cherry Limeade here in the UK but I think this seems the perfect introduction to it. Thanks for sharing the fantastic recipe

  4. MmMMmmM! Sounds so refreshing!

  5. Candace says:

    Annalise, after mtg you at the park a couple of weeks ago I had to check out your blog, and found this. Ended up making it the next night for friends, and liked it so much made another batch over the weekend. Thanks, it was a refreshing summer dessert and hit the spot!

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