Dark Chocolate-Cherry Fruitcake

‘Tis the season for holiday baking and I’ll admit to being on a little bit of a fruitcake bender, recently giving a Black Fruitcake a go and revisiting one of my all-time favorite recipes, Fruitcake Bars which won accolades from several French friends. (They were also surprised at how easy there were to make, too.) A while back, I gave the much-maligned fruitcake a makeover,…

‘Tis the season for holiday baking and I’ll admit to being on a little bit of a fruitcake bender, recently giving a Black Fruitcake a go and revisiting one of my all-time favorite recipes, Fruitcake Bars which won accolades from several French friends. (They were also surprised at how easy there were to make, too.)

A while back, I gave the much-maligned fruitcake a makeover, dressing this one up with plumped-up sour cherries, chocolate chips, a dark chocolate batter, and a boozy bath of liquor added at the end.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction

Perfect roasted Brussels sprouts are a bit elusive, which is why we’re sharing our go-to method for Brussels sprouts that are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed with flavor.
And to elevate them for the holidays (and beyond), we’re…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction

Perfect roasted Brussels sprouts are a bit elusive, which is why we’re sharing our go-to method for Brussels sprouts that are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed with flavor.

And to elevate them for the holidays (and beyond), we’re adding crispy roasted garlic, our go-to creamy vegan cheese, dried cherries for a tart-sweet kick, and a rich balsamic reduction. Plus, just 7 ingredients required. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Rob Roy

The Rob Roy cocktail was said to be invented at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, named after a Scottish outlaw in the 1700s, who later became a folk hero. The drink named for him is the drier cousin to the Manhattan, using blended Scotch whisky in place of the rye or bourbon. Unlike single-malt scotch, blended scotch is made from barley as…

The Rob Roy cocktail was said to be invented at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, named after a Scottish outlaw in the 1700s, who later became a folk hero. The drink named for him is the drier cousin to the Manhattan, using blended Scotch whisky in place of the rye or bourbon. Unlike single-malt scotch, blended scotch is made from barley as well as other grains and is usually only lightly peated, so it has less of the smoky flavors that are a feature of many single-malt scotch whiskies.

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Coup de Roulis cocktail

This rosy coup holds a drink from Cocktails de Paris, a book of cocktail recipes from Paris, published in 1929. (It’s available to download* for free here.) I was attracted to it because it called for Cherry Rocher, a French liqueur produced by a distillery that was founded in 1704 and is still making it today. Coup de roulis translates to “strong blow,” referring to…

This rosy coup holds a drink from Cocktails de Paris, a book of cocktail recipes from Paris, published in 1929. (It’s available to download* for free here.) I was attracted to it because it called for Cherry Rocher, a French liqueur produced by a distillery that was founded in 1704 and is still making it today. Coup de roulis translates to “strong blow,” referring to the strong sway or roll of a boat. My guess is that maybe it got its name because it has four different spirits in it? No matter, I needed a strong drink last week when my apartment sprung a fuite d’eau, causing a flood.

The Paris cocktail book is an excursion back in time, as was the leak, harkening back to other, um…issues I’ve had with my apartment. In the pages, there are words used, such as Angustura (with an alternative spelling that may be from days of yore) and ‘focking,’ a term I’d never heard of either, and when I searched Google for “cocktail focking,” let’s just say most of the search results were adult-only…and I don’t mean in the cocktail department.

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Fresh Cherry Limeade

Here’s a fresh spin on cherry limeade! Make this crowd pleasing drink by the glass, and you can adjust the flavors to taste. Here’s a fresh spin on a classic drink: cherry limeade! Cherry and lime go hand in hand, and they are the absolute perfect combination for summer drinks to beat the heat. We’ve got two versions of this drink to fit all palates. The base version of this recipe is a grown-up spin on the classic from Sonic, bubbly and just sweet tart enough. But want the more classic version? Double the cherry and make it with Sprite. The best part? Stuffed with cocktail cherries and lime slices, it’s the most festive drink around. (You might want to skip right to the recipe.) Ingredients for cherry limeade Are you looking for cherry limeade from Sonic? That concoction is packed with sugar and made with Sprite. This recipe can replicate those nostalgic flavors. But want a fresh and healthy cherry limeade with less sugar that’s just as refreshing? We’ve got that too. Here’s what you’ll need for both versions: Homemade limeade: This fresh limeade is the stuff dreams are made of. It’s full of the best zingy flavor, and […]

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Here’s a fresh spin on cherry limeade! Make this crowd pleasing drink by the glass, and you can adjust the flavors to taste.

Cherry limeade

Here’s a fresh spin on a classic drink: cherry limeade! Cherry and lime go hand in hand, and they are the absolute perfect combination for summer drinks to beat the heat. We’ve got two versions of this drink to fit all palates. The base version of this recipe is a grown-up spin on the classic from Sonic, bubbly and just sweet tart enough. But want the more classic version? Double the cherry and make it with Sprite. The best part? Stuffed with cocktail cherries and lime slices, it’s the most festive drink around. (You might want to skip right to the recipe.)

Ingredients for cherry limeade

Are you looking for cherry limeade from Sonic? That concoction is packed with sugar and made with Sprite. This recipe can replicate those nostalgic flavors. But want a fresh and healthy cherry limeade with less sugar that’s just as refreshing? We’ve got that too. Here’s what you’ll need for both versions:

  • Homemade limeade: This fresh limeade is the stuff dreams are made of. It’s full of the best zingy flavor, and it’s quick and easy to put together. (No heating on the stove required.)
  • Maraschino juice: That is, the juice that’s inside a can of maraschino cherries. (NOT maraschino liqueur, that’s something entirely different.)
  • Soda water or lemon lime soda: The grown up version of this drink uses soda water, which has no sweetener. Or you can use lemon lime soda (read: Sprite) for the nostalgic classic version.
Cherry limeade

How to make cherry limeade…for a crowd

The main way to make this cherry limeade is to make a big pitcher of homemade limeade. Then you can pour glasses of the limeade and maraschino juice, and top it off with soda. Here’s what to know about how to make a pitcher of limeade:

  • Juice the limes. This is the most time consuming part of the process…by far! A press juicer makes quick work of getting 1 1/4 cups lime juice: here’s the juicer we use.
  • Mix sugar with warm water, then add cold water. Mix 1 cup each sugar and warm water until it dissolves. Mix it with 7 cups cold water and you’ve got limeade!
  • Make each glass! Each glass uses 3/4 cup limeade, 1 tablespoon maraschino juice and 2 tablespoons soda water or Sprite. Another option: just mix the maraschino into the limeade pitcher (use 3/4 cup).

Using soda water vs Sprite

To make the “adult” healthy version of cherry limeade that’s less sweet: use soda water! It has no artificial sweeteners or flavors. We used soda water from our soda stream, but you can also use store-bought club soda or even lime flavored sparkling water or La Croix (it’s not sweetened).

But if you’re looking for those nostalgic Sonic flavors, you can use Sprite! That’s what Sonic uses in their concoction. You’ll also want to double the maraschino juice to get a sweeter cherry limeade.

Cherry limeade

Cherry limeade by the glass

Want to just make one glass of cherry limeade? Sometimes you don’t want to have to make an entire pitcher. (Then you can get away with only juicing 1 lime!) Here are the steps to make cherry limeade by the glass:

  • Single serving of limeade: Squeeze 2 tablespoons lime juice (1 lime) into a glass. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water and stir until it dissolves. Pour in 3/4 cup cold water.
  • Add the cherry and soda water. Top off the glass to your taste!

And that’s it! Make up this fresh cherry limeade to stay cool all summer. Let us know if you like the healthy version or nostalgic spin in the comments below.

Cherry limeade

More cooling summer drinks

Here are a few more summer drinks that are perfect for beating the heat!

  • Fresh Lemonade Here’s how to make the best lemonade recipe from freshly squeezed lemons! Using real citrus makes extraordinary sweet tart flavor.
  • Lemonade Slushie This lemonade slushie is icy and tangy: drink it straight up or spike it with gin for a kick!
  • Pimm’s Cup Refreshing and bubbly, featuring Pimm’s No. 1 and sparkling lemonade!
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Missing hot chocolate when it’s hot outside? Solution: FROZEN hot chocolate! It’s an iced version of the drink that’s out of this world good.

This fresh cherry limeade is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Cherry limeade

Fresh Cherry Limeade


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s a fresh spin on cherry limeade! Make this crowd pleasing drink by the glass, and you can adjust flavors to taste.


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup homemade limeade* (or 1 lime and 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon maraschino juice (from a jar of maraschino cherries)
  • 2 tablespoons soda water (or lemon lime soda like Sprite), to taste
  • Fresh mint, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the pitcher of homemade limeade. (Or for a single serving, squeeze 2 tablespoons lime juice into a glass. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water and stir until it dissolves. Pour in 3/4 cup cold water.)
  2. Pour the maraschino juice into the limeade. Top off with soda water or soda. For a more classic sweeter version, double the maraschino juice and top off with a little more soda, to taste.

Notes

*1 recipe homemade limeade makes 8 to 9 cups or enough for about 12 servings of cherry limeade. You can also make an entire pitcher with 1 recipe limeade and 3/4 cup maraschino juice.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cherry limeade, Healthy cherry limeade

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2-Ingredient Piña Colada Smoothie

Nothing tastes like summer or a day at the beach like a piña colada. Our simple version requires just 2 ingredients: frozen ripe pineapple and coconut milk.
Let us show you how it’s done, plus easy ways to add protein if enjoying as a smoothie, or boo…

2-Ingredient Piña Colada Smoothie

Nothing tastes like summer or a day at the beach like a piña colada. Our simple version requires just 2 ingredients: frozen ripe pineapple and coconut milk.

Let us show you how it’s done, plus easy ways to add protein if enjoying as a smoothie, or booze if enjoying as a cocktail. 

What Is a Piña Colada?

The piña colada is a frozen blended drink that originated in Puerto Rico.

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Sweet Cherry Pie

Cherry pie filled with ripe sweet cherries is a summer favorite. This easy pie can be made with fresh or frozen sweet cherries. A touch of almond extract in the filling and a light hand with the sugar helps the cherries shine. Continue read…

Cherry pie filled with ripe sweet cherries is a summer favorite. This easy pie can be made with fresh or frozen sweet cherries. A touch of almond extract in the filling and a light hand with the sugar helps the cherries shine.

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Summer Fruit Recipes

It’s summer! Whether you’re in or outdoors, hopefully for all of you there are beautiful summer fruits and berries to be had, and I hope that you’re able to get your hands on as many of them as you can. I am loading (actually, overloading…) myself up at the market. While a good portion on the fresh fruit gets eaten just as-is, some of it…

It’s summer! Whether you’re in or outdoors, hopefully for all of you there are beautiful summer fruits and berries to be had, and I hope that you’re able to get your hands on as many of them as you can. I am loading (actually, overloading…) myself up at the market. While a good portion on the fresh fruit gets eaten just as-is, some of it goes into the following dessert recipes that I continue to make year after year. Others go into jam, which is a great way to preserve all those summer fruits and berries, and make them last through fall and winter.

Cherry season is behind most of us (sniff…sniff…), but if they are still lingering where you live, you can type “cherry” or “cherries” into the search engine at the top right corner of the page to find cherry recipes. (And we don’t get a bountiful array of fresh raspberries and blackberries here, so I don’t have many recipes that use them on the blog.) But for nectarines, strawberries, peaches, plums and other summer fruits, here are some of my favorite recipes on the blog…

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Cherry Donuts with Bourbon Glaze.

Making mornings better with alllll these cherry donuts. I’ve wanted to make these for years and finally! Here they are! Today is unofficially but officially national donut day! I think it was started by Dunkin a few years ago? Either way, I’m into it!  For today’s donuts, I made what is probably my favorite donut […]

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Making mornings better with alllll these cherry donuts.

cherry donuts with bourbon glaze

I’ve wanted to make these for years and finally! Here they are!

chopped maraschino cherries

Today is unofficially but officially national donut day! I think it was started by Dunkin a few years ago? Either way, I’m into it! 

For today’s donuts, I made what is probably my favorite donut of all time. If you follow our adventures in northern michigan, then you know that every summer we wait and wait for cherry donuts. They are the best ever. My favorite – nothing compares. Except maybe apple cider in the fall, but you know.

Cherry in the summer for sure! Yes.

So I made ‘em!

cherry donut batter

I even went as far as actually frying them, which I rarely do these days because KIDS, and they are worth it. So so so worth it. 

Of course, that comes with its own set of issues – you have to pretty much each the donuts right after frying. I always think of the donut experiment in The Five Year Engagement when it comes to fried donuts. And the people who would eat the day old doughnuts before the new ones were delivered.

Sort of like that, these need to be eaten soon after making to enjoy the fresh, cakey bite. 

raw cherry donut dough

Though I must say that I have been known (in fact, all of my family has) to eat the cherry donuts on vacation for a day… or even two… after we buy them.

YES I’m admitting it.

They are cakey and wonderful and can actually hang for a day or two!

Oh and here’s the other thing – for that classic cherry flavor, you have to use maraschino cherries. If regular maraschino ingredient lists freak you out, try these merry maraschino cherries. We LOVE these and have been using them for years. Perfect for cocktails but also desserts. 

Another ingredient that helps with flavor is cherry extract. It’s not totally necessary, but it does make these extra cherry-like and delish. 

cherry donuts with bourbon glaze

We aren’t sure yet if we will get to go on that family vacation this year due to the pandemic, but if we do, I might go in and ask for the secret cherry donut recipe to compare!?

Oh and I almost called these manhattan donuts. You know, the cherry and the bourbon! There is just a touch of bourbon in the glaze, and if you don’t drink or don’t want to use it, you can use all cherry juice! 

If you need a few more donut ideas to make for national donut day, we have salted dark chocolate fudge donuts! Strawberry sprinkle donuts! Or chocolate pistachio donuts?! I could go on and on.

Donuts for everyone! 

cherry donuts with bourbon glaze

Cherry Donuts with Bourbon Glaze

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Cherry Donuts with Bourbon Glaze

These are my favorite cherry donuts! Cherry cake donuts covered in a cherry bourbon glaze make for the perfect weekend treat!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 to 16 donuts
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, stems removed and chopped (I like to get 2 (14oz) jars, to have cherries for serving them
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or cherry extract! - or both!
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • vegetable or canola oil or frying

cherry bourbon glaze

  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

Instructions

  • Whisk together the milk, butter, cherry juice, egg and vanilla extract until combined.
  • Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, then sift it into the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add in the milk mixture and pour it into the dry ingredients with the mixer on medium speed. Mix until combined, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the chopped cherries into the dough and mix until combined. The dough will be sticky but you want it to start to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface. Roll it out until it’s about ¼ to ½ inch in thickeness. Use a round biscuit cutter (about 2 ½ inches in diameter) to cut out rounds. Use something smaller, like the wide end of the frosting tip, to cut out the center. Place the dough on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.
  • Heat the oil in a pot fitted with a candy thermometer over medium heat until it reaches 375 degrees F. Add 2 to 3 donuts at a time and cook until golden about 2 minutes per side. Remove the donuts with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to drain excess grease. Repeat with remaining donuts.
  • Dip each donut in the glaze and let them sit for 5 minutes. Eat!

cherry bourbon glaze

  • Whisk together the ingredients until a smooth glaze forms. If it’s too thick, add more cherry juice 1 teaspoon at a time. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar ¼ cup at a time, whisking after each addition. Dip each donut in the glaze and place it on a wire rack or parchment paper to set.

Notes

lightly adapted from cooking channel

cherry donuts with bourbon glaze

Plus, they’re pink!

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Cherry Lime Gin and Tonic.

Fresh cherry gin and tonic, coming right up! This icy, refreshing, bubbly drink is going to be my cocktail of the summer. I’m in a major gin and tonic mood. Last week we ordered out from Morcilla and I got the gin and tonic kit. It comes with a squeeze bottle of their tonic syrup […]

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Fresh cherry gin and tonic, coming right up!

cherry lime gin and tonic

This icy, refreshing, bubbly drink is going to be my cocktail of the summer.

pitted bing cherries

I’m in a major gin and tonic mood.

Last week we ordered out from Morcilla and I got the gin and tonic kit. It comes with a squeeze bottle of their tonic syrup which I’m basically hoarding at this point. You squeeze the syrup into the gin over ice, then top it off with seltzer and a few aromatics. 

IT WAS SO GOOD.

cherry lime gin and tonic

I was convinced that I had to make tonic syrup. Yes. But I’m clueless, so I thought that tonic syrup was just, like, tonic water and sugar boiled into simple syrup. And that I would get the delicious syrup like we had from Morcilla. 

Welp. That is not correct. 

Tonic syrup is actually making tonic water, but better, because syrup. Once I looked at the ingredient list it just seemed too over the top for us right now in this mostly-still-quarantined situation. Plus, it also looks slightly tricky and like if you do it wrong, it could make you sick. YIKES.

So that was a bummer.

pouring tonic water into cherry gin and tonic

But I still had gin and tonics on the brain.

Specially, my fresh peach gin and tonic. This week is gorgeous! We’ve had really hot and sunny weather – it has been beautiful, and I thought it would be amazing to sip one on the patio. Peaches aren’t in season here yet, and while I could use frozen, I decided to grab the next best thing: fresh cherries.

Ooooooh yes. I wait all year for cherries! Love them. 

close up cherry lime gin and tonic

This “recipe” is easy. It’s refreshing. Tastes like heaven. 

I like to use a drop of cherry juice – you can use whatever kind of cherry juice you like. Use the syrup from a jar of luxardo cherries, the juice from a jar of maraschinos, or bottled black cherry juice. Any of it works, you just want a little extra cherrie flavor.

pouring tonic into cherry lime gin and tonic

And let’s be real, half the fun of this drink is eating the cherries once it’s gone. YEP.

cherry lime gin and tonic

Cherry Lime Gin and Tonic

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Cherry Lime Gin and Tonic

This cherry gin and tonic is loaded with fresh bing cherries, lots of fresh lime, a touch of cherry juice and your favorite tonic water!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 drink, is easily multiplied
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 bing cherries, pitted and sliced
  • 1 to 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce cherry juice from a jar of cherries
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 ounces tonic water (Fever Tree is my fave!)
  • crushed ice
  • lime wedges for the glass

Instructions

  • Fill a glass with the cherries, lime wedges and crushed ice. Pour the lime juice and cherry juice over the ice. Pour the gin over the ice, then add the tonic. Stir a few times to combine. Serve immediately!

cherry lime gin and tonic

Ahhhh. Best ever.

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