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Fast and easy cherry limeade

Bottled organic lime juice and cherry juice make it easy to stir up a cold pitcher of cherry limeade.
Bottled organic lime juice and cherry juice make it easy to stir up a cold pitcher of cherry limeade. The Kansas City Star

It’s hard to find real cherry limemade anymore. The classic old-timey summertime drink has been adulterated beyond recognition by fast food joints, with 7-Up or Sprite or lime sherbet replacing fresh lime juice.

But making it can be time consuming if you have to squeeze limes and juice cherries.

A simple way to get the old-fashioned flavor fast is to keep bottled organic lime juice and cherry juice in the fridge. I use Santa Cruz lime juice and R.W. Knudsen black cherry juice, but any brand will do. Look for bottled juices in the organic aisle or juice aisle of grocery stores, not the refrigerator case. Read the label and make sure the only ingredient is juice. Refrigerate the juice after opening.

For the best flavor use real cane sugar.

This recipe is only a guideline: Tweak the amount of juices, sugar and water until you find your perfect tart-sweet balance.

CHERRY LIMEADE

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts

1/2 cup lime juice (not concentrated)

1/2 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons cherry juice (not concentrated)

5 cups water

Stir all ingredients together, chill and serve over ice.

To reach Cindy Hoedel, call 816-234-4304 or send email to choedel@kcstar.com.

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