Cherry Lime Spritzer

One day when I’m old and gray, sitting on my porch in a rocking chair, my great-grandkids are going to ask me what I did during 2020 because their teachers taught them about the craziest year in history. I’m going to lean back, let out a sigh, and tell them “well my sweets, I mostly made new and experimental cocktails.”

Their parents are going to be appalled that I said it, but like Sophia Petrillo says, once you’re past 80 you get cute again and can get away with saying what you want. I’ll just whip up a batch of cocktails for my grown grandkids so they’ll quit their dang whining.

This is probably what I’ll serve. It’s like summer in a cup. It’s basically a bubbly grownup cherry limeade. So, so good.

I’m basically obsessed. I think you will be too.

Cherry Lime Spritzer

These are cherrific!
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 133kcal


For the cherry simple syrup:

  • cups cherries (pitted and stems removed)
  • ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cups water

For the shaker:

  • cup cherry simple syrup
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4-5 limes)
  • ½ cup gin

To finish:

  • ¾ cup cold lemon lime soda (tested with Sprite)
  • lime slices, for garnish (optional)


For the cherry simple syrup:

  • Combine all ingredients for the simple syrup in a large saucepan. Mix well. Set heat to medium-high. Stir, squish and chop the cherries with a wooden spoon or spatula until mixture reaches a full boil and thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and drain through a fine mesh sieve into a large measuring cup. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the shaker:

  • Add ice to cocktail shaker until 1/2 full. Add in ingredients for the shaker, close, seal, and shake well until frothy (about 2 minutes).
  • Divide mixture into 3 champagne flutes.

To finish:

  • Dived lemon lime soda equally into champagne flutes by pouring over.
  • Garnish with lime slices, if desired.


DO NOT shake lemon lime soda in the shaker. It is carbonated and will likely explode or fizz out of your shaker making a sticky mess.
Click here for my cocktail shaker.
Click here for my champagne flutes. They’re oversized and I love them!
A friend wrote me to say that she made these sans-gin for Shirley Temple-esque treats for her kids and they loved them! She made the grownup version for herself. I loved this idea!


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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