Refreshing Cherry Limeade

So there is this awesome place down the road from me called the Bargain Factory.  I love this place.  They have a little bit of everything and at majorly discounted prices.  Some of the items are damaged, some are expired and some are perfectly fine.  Last week I found limes that were 10 for $1 and I couldn’t pass them up.  It is extremely hot outside so I decided what better use for them than to make some cold refreshing cherry limeade.

What You Need:

6-8 Limes or (approx. 1 cup lime juice)

1 cup sugar

1 jar of maraschino cherries

2 liter bottle of lemon lime soda of choice

Optional: Cherries and lime slices for garnish

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1. Chill ingredients in freezer (my soda got a nice little slush, just don’t forget it!) or fridge.  If using fresh limes (which I recommend), roll limes around on a hard flat surface to release juices.  Cut limes in half and squeeze juice into a bowl or glass measuring pitcher until you have approximately 1 cup.  You can strain the pulp or leave it, just make sure there are no seeds.  I like a little pulp texture in my limeades, but then you’ll want to make sure you serve with a straw.

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2.  Get a large pitcher and combine soda, sugar, lime juice and jar of cherries with juice (reserve 1/2 jar of cherries for garnish, but use most of juice).  If making original limeade, combine everything except cherries and cherry juice.

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3.  Stir everything together well, then chill in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes or serve immediately over ice.  Do not add ice to pitcher because you don’t want the mix to get watered down.

4.  Optional: Serving in an awesome boot mug and garnishing with lime slices and/or cherries.

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