Adult Cherry Lime Rickey
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Adult Cherry Lime Rickey

Over Memorial Day weekend, we were in Grand Junction, CO which certainly isn’t the hottest place in the world, but it feels like it on some days. We were driving around with the kiddos sleeping in the back of the car and drove by a Sonic, a place I haven’t been to in probably a decade.

One thing I did remember about Sonic is they make huge cherry lime rickeys. I’m not usually one for sweet soda drinks, but it was the most refreshing beverage I’ve had in recent memory.

So I figured I’d make a booze version of it, because why not?

This adult cherry lime rickey is NOT just buying a Sonic cherry lime rickey and putting vodka in it or whatever. We can do better. It involves muddling. It involves straining.

But most importantly, it’s not SO boozy that it knocks you out. It’s got a little kick to it but mostly it’s a delicious refreshing summer beverage. It’s sort of the perfect yard work cocktail.


Adult Cherry Lime Rickey

Adult Cherry Lime Rickey

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Maybe the most refreshing drink in the world done up in cocktail form! This is the “adult” version of a Cherry Lime Rickey. Beat the heat with this one.


3 cherries, pitted
1/2 lime, juice only
1/2 ounce cherry liquor
1 ounce gin
6 ounces lemon lime soda
Fresh cherry, garnish
Lime, garnish
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  1. Pit three fresh cherries and add them to a shaker glass with lime juice and cherry liquor. Muddle well. Add ice and gin.
  2. Shake drink vigorously to chill. Strain into tall glass with fresh ice.
  3. Top drink with lemon lime soda and garnish with limes and cherries. Enjoy!

Gin Cherry Lime Rickey

I wanted to start this recipe with some fresh fruit. Is it totally necessary? No, but it adds a really nice fresh fruit flavor.

Adult Cherry Lime Rickey

Drink basics.

Take the pits out of about three cherries and add it, along with the lime juice to a shaker glass with a small hit of cherry liquor. I used a local distillery (Leopold Brothers) that make a maraschino liquor. Pretty delicious with gin.

Muddle this all together to get the flavors going.

Adult Cherry Lime Rickey

Quick Muddle

Then add some ice and gin. Check out that color!

Adult Cherry Lime Rickey

The gin is in.

Shake that together really good to chill it out and then strain it into a fresh tall glass with ice. You could NOT strain it, but you’ll have lots of little cherry bits in it, which tastes fine, but isn’t quite as pretty of a presentation.

Adult Cherry Lime Rickey

Shake and strain.

Top the drink off with some lemon lime soda of your choice. BOOM.

Adult Cherry Lime Rickey

Top it off.

Garnish with a fresh cherry or a maraschino cherry and a lime wedge.

This “adult” cherry lime rickey is about as refreshing as it gets. Make one the next time you have to brave the sun.

Adult Cherry Lime Rickey

6 comments on “Adult Cherry Lime Rickey

  1. OMG! That looks amazing. I love, love your story-telling style. I can detect that someone else likes boozy drinks that aren’t so strong you’re woozy after a single drink. (haha).
    P.s. thanks for linking the cocktail bar set in there. It looks really nice and the reviews were good. (I always read the reviews).

  2. I love that you made a cherry lime rickey with a kick! This is one of my all time favorite summer drinks right after my mom’s elderflower lemonade!

  3. So summery! I’m having some friends over later this week and was looking for something new and fun to drink on the back porch… these are perfect!

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