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This Cherry Limeade's secret ingredient is a super easy Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum.

Cherry Limeade

This Cherry Limeade's secret ingredient is a super easy Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum.
This Cherry Limeade’s secret ingredient is a super easy Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum.

This Cherry Limeade tastes like a very famous drive-in Cherry Limeade drink only this time it is rum soaked and fabulous! Cherry Limeade makes a nice refreshing poolside drink and party sipper. Excellent for summer! This recipe converts nicely for a non-alcohol version, too. Skip the rum and use the frozen limeade concentrate, maraschino cherry juice, sprite and regular maraschino cherries for a kid friendly version.

Cherry Limeade Single Serve Recipe

Cherry Limeade – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Single Serve

1 ounce Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum* (recipe at bottom of post)

1-1/4 ounce Frozen Limeade Concentrate – thawed

1/2 ounce Maraschino Cherry Syrup – (from a regular jar of maraschino cherries)

6-1/2 ounces Sprite (Lemon Lime Soda)

3 or 4 Maraschino Cherries Infused with Rum (or regular maraschino cherries)

Lime Wedge

Place rum, frozen lime concentrate and maraschino cherries in a tall glass with ice. Stir to blend. Top with sprite. Stir again briefly to blend. Be careful not to stir too vigorously or the Sprite will go flat. Garnish with a lime wedge. Squeeze the lime wedge for a hint more tartness to the drink or just drop it in. The option is yours.

Cherry Limeade Party Size Recipe

It wouldn’t be a party without a party size batch of Cherry Limeade. The party size recipe makes approximately 95 ounces. This is too much for an average pitcher size. Make sure your container is large enough or divide the recipe in half and make it in two containers.

Cherry Limeade Party – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

serves 10

10 ounces Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum*

1 – 12 ounce Frozen Limeade Concentrate – thawed

5 ounces Maraschino Cherry Syrup (10 ounce jar maraschino cherries contains 5 ounces syrup)

Maraschino Cherries Infused with Rum (all of the cherries from the original infusion)

1 – 2 liter bottle Sprite (Lemon Lime Soda)

10 Lime Wedges

Pour infused rum, limeade concentrate, syrup and cherries into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Stir to blend all ingredients. Add the Sprite and stir briefly to mix, but not too vigorously so the bubbles don’t go flat. Pour or ladle into tall glasses over ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum Recipe

This infusion is super easy and can be used for several other delicious cocktail recipes. More great cocktails using this simple infusion coming soon!

Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

10 ounces Silver Rum

1 – 10 ounce jar Maraschino Cherries with stems

Pour rum into pint size glass jar with lid. Strain maraschino cherry syrup from jar of cherries, saving the syrup. Add the cherries to the jar containing the rum. Return the maraschino cherry syrup to its original container. Seal both containers and refrigerate. The Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum takes approximately 5 days. Give the jar a shake or two every day to stir the contents of the jar. The rum becomes a little thicker and sweeter and the cherries soak up some of the rum.

Cherry Limeade in single serve or party size is excellent for summer sipping, backyard barbeques, poolside serve and holidays where red drinks are appropriate such as Memorial Day and Independence Day / Fourth of July.

I used Shellback Rum during the creation process. However, feel free to use the rum of choice to recreate this drink at home. Happy sipping!

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation using coconut water instead of coconut cream. Coco Colada is a lower calorie drink with approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada

Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation using coconut water instead of coconut cream. Coco Colada is a lower calorie drink with approximately 128 calories.
Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation using coconut water instead of coconut cream.

A delicious frozen, blended Pina Colada topped with floated dark rum is one of my favorite summer vacation style drinks. They are a bit sweet and heavy on calories though. A few too many traditional Pina Coladas and the girlish figure becomes a little too much for the itty bitty polka dot bikini if you know what I mean.

The Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation. Instead of heavily sweetened coconut cream, this drink uses coconut water and light orange juice. These slight changes cut the calories drastically while still allowing authentic tropic flavor to shine through. Spiced rum adds an extra kick of flavor and hint of vanilla to the drink. If you prefer fresh squeezed orange juice to bottled light orange juice, by all means use that instead. The recipe as written contains approximately 128 calories. The Coco Colada drink is low calorie and full of flavor. Win. Win.

Coco Colada Low Calorie Drink Recipe

Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation using coconut water instead of coconut cream. Coco Colada is a lower calorie drink with approximately 128 calories.
Coco Colada is a lower calorie drink with approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Spiced Rum

1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

2 ounces Coconut Water

1/2 ounce Light Orange Juice

Pineapple Spear Garnish – optional

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Stir. Garnish with pineapple spear if desired. Approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada is an excellent vacation cocktail. It reminds of summer, cruises and tropical destinations. Sip this poolside or at the beach. Keep the Coco Colada in mind for Fourth of July parties, Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Coco Colada drink recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne
Raspberry Watermelon Mojito – Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

The Raspberry Watermelon Mojito takes advantage of fresh raspberries and succulent watermelon. It is light and refreshing; perfect for what we can only hope are long warm days ahead. The recipe below calls for traditional club soda topper, but take this recipe into celebratory mode by using champagne or bubblies instead.

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito Drink Recipe

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne
Raspberry Watermelon Mojito

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

10 to 12 Mint Sprigs

3 Watermelon Cubes – 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch roughly

6 Fresh Raspberries

1-1/2 ounce Club Soda

Mint Leaf Garnish

Muddle mint leaves, watermelon and raspberries in bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add rum, lime juice and simple syrup with ice. Shake vigorously to incorporate mint flavor into mixture. Strain into tall glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with mint leaf.

Mojito Extras

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne
Make a non-alcoholic version for the kiddos with mint, raspberries and fresh watermelon juice.

While you enjoy your delicious Raspberry Watermelon Mojito, whip up a non-alcoholic version for the kiddos with raspberries, mint and watermelon juice or fresh muddled watermelon. There’s an easy recipe to follow in the non-alcoholic Watermelon Raspberry Mojito post from 2011. There are extra flavor addition ideas such as cranberry juice and lemon lime sparkling water to keep the kid’s drink fun and fabulous all season long, too.

Keep the Raspberry Watermelon Mojito in mind for backyard BBQ’s, Fourth of July parties and Memorial Day.

The Raspberry Watermelon Mojito long drink recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com