A delicious non-alcoholic sip for summer, this Sparkling Sweet Cherry Lime Mocktail is an easy mocktail recipe that’s the perfect choice for your next backyard party, baby shower, or BBQ.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy non-alcoholic drinks - or mocktails. A delicious sip on the back porch or dining outside with friends is what summer nights were made for.
With fresh cherries being easy to find at the grocery store in the middle of summer, delicious mocktails that skip the jar of maraschino cherries are in order.
The most famous cherry mocktail is the Shirley Temple, but many see it as a drink for kids. This cherry lime mocktail is a great option for grown ups, swapping the overly sweet lemon-lime soda for tonic water and grenadine syrup for homemade sweet cherry syrup. Bright lime and a hint of honey balance out this easy recipe.
How to Make a Sweet Cherry Lime Mocktail
Combine cherry syrup, lime juice, and honey syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice cubes.
Top with cherry tonic water.
Stir gently to combine.
Garnish with a fresh cherry or lime wedge.
Make your simple syrups ahead of time. You will want to be sure your cherry and honey syrups have time to chill completely before using. I often make my syrups in the morning so they’re ready for happy hour later in the day. Using warm syrup will cause the ice in your drink to melt too quickly and add too much water when you’re shaking up your mocktail.
Take the time to find cherry tonic water or sparkling water. I love Fruitbelt tonic water, a women owned company from Michigan. (Not an affiliate, just love them!) Their product is available throughout the U.S., but especially in the Midwest. >Find Fruitbelt Tonic Near You
How to Make Homemade Cherry Simple Syrup
Whether using fresh or frozen cherries, homemade cherry simple syrup is SO MUCH better than store bought cherry syrup, with none of the artificial colors or medicinal flavors. Get the recipe for my 10 minute sweet cherry simple syrup.
Frequently Asked Questions
You make it! Dissolve ½ cup of honey into a ½ cup of hot water. Store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it!
This drink was created using homemade sweet cherry syrup, which takes about 10 minutes and 3 ingredients to make. Get the recipe and tips over on my Sweet Cherry Simple Syrup page.
Cherry is delicious with citrus - lime, lemon, orange - as well as berries - strawberries, blueberries, cranberries.
Yes! There are only 4 ingredients in this recipe, so fresh juice is super important here. Plan on 1 lime per drink. You may need less, depending on the size of the lime.
Plain tonic water or cherry sparkling water are both delicious substitutes if you can’t find cherry tonic water.