Cherry limeade is freakin awesome.
In fact, cherry limeade is the reason this blog exists. Honestly. The first time Linny and I ever met, she said "hey, you want some cherry limeade?" To which I said "YES!" And we've been bestest friends and culinary geniuses ever since.
Of course, the limeade she gave me was a powdered drink mix. This is precisely eight hundred billion zillion gillion times better and almost as easy to make, so you may want to consider treating yoself to a large glass of it during your mandatory BBQ this weekend.
Here's what you're gonna need to get sippin on some awesome.
1 c. Sugar
1 c. Water
A lot of ice (or alot of ice for those hyperbole and a half fans out there.)
You will also need some sort of blending machine, and a medium-sized pot.
First thing's first...if your cherries have pits in 'em, get 'em out of there!
Roughly chop the cherries, and then put them in a medium-sized pot on the stove at medium-style heat. Throw in your sugar and water as well and let them boil together until the cherries are super soft. Of course, you're going to want to stir the pot because it seems like a sensible thing to do so, by all means...do.
While that's happening, juice your limes in whatever fashion pleases you and set the juice aside.
Protip: yelling at your limes to juice themselves does not appear to be an effective method. I will update you as the story develops, should they spontaneously evolve to more willingly accept my commands.
Blend down the cherry stuff once the cherries are nice and soft and it's all started to foam a bit and the whole thing has really gone a lovely pinkish purple.
Stir in the lime juice and cook on low heat for just a little bit to really persuade the cherries to accept their new lime overlords.
To serve, fill a glass with ice and pour the cherry limeade concentrate over it while still slightly warm, causing the ice to melt in exactly the right way to water it down perfectly. Or, I guess, you could just add water until you think it tastes good and serve it over a regular amount of ice. Either way, this batch is going to make roughly 4 servings of cherry limeade. Enjoy them!