Have y’all ever gotten a cherry limeade from Sonic?
Are they not one of the most delicious things you’ve ever drank? Drunk? Slurped? Sipped on?
If you’ve made my Pineapple Upside Down Cake Daiquiri then you know that I am not the biggest fan of grenadine, but I like to pretend that the sugary syrup is not in Sonic’s limeades. I will happily slurp away at one with no qualms about it…well, I used to have no problems with it.
Once I hopped on the healthy train, I discovered diet cherry limeades and I was thrilled! Same great taste with waaaaay less calories and no sticky, icky grenadine.
But THEN I discovered the *strawberry* limeades which were even more delicious than their cherry counterparts, and my world was rocked to the core.
Strawberry limemades are.da.bomb.
They have chunks of fresh strawberries speckled throughout them which are easily sucked up through the bright red Sonic straws and dispersed into my awaiting mouth ….mmmmmmm……..
One day an idea came to me, and I thought I was totally awesome and smarter than every other foodie in Charleston when I asked my hubs to bring me back a diet strawberry limeade.
I was so excited (I get ridiculously thrilled when it comes to all things food) and my eyes twinkled like fireflies in the night sky when I saw him walk through the door with a cup the size of our 18lb cat in his hands. That cup was all mine and it was “diet” so I had not a thing to worry about!
Yeah, well…imagine my heart’s complete annoyance when he handed me the cup and said, “The guy there told me that this really isn’t diet b/c there is a lot of sugar in the strawberries.”
First off husband, get a clue!
He knows I’m an overdramatic pompous priss, and he could have easily reworded that phrase to say something along the lines of, “I’m sorry, angel cake of my morning sky, this isn’t completely diet, but it is made with diet sprite”…or…”There is a wee bit of sugar, but it is still way less calories than the regular version”…or even…”Well, there is a little bit of sugar in here, but not enough to make too much of a difference”….instead of coming right out and saying the dreaded words and watching my heart splatter all over the floor, resembling the macerated strawberries at the bottom of my oversized cup.
Secondly, how could I have been such a dumb dumb? Of course mascerated strawberries had sugar in them! And, considering they were from a fast food restaurant, they probably had 757 cups of sugar per pint of strawberries.
So, alas, my life was ruined and my dreams of strawberry fields forever were mashed into a saucy, bloody pulp.
After lying under the covers for weeks bawling my brains out while listening to Mariah Carey & Boys II Men’s “One Sweet Day” and denying the hubs all forms of physical contact, I slowly slithered out of bed and got back into the kitchen determined to make myself a strawberry limeade that NO ONE could take away from me again.
And I nailed it.
And it’s even *better* than the original…because it’s loaded with booze…cold, stinging booze that slowly softens the sense of loss I still feel from that dreaded summer day
- 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 10 liquid stevia drops and 1 tbsp Stevia in the Raw
- 1 cup water
- 6 oz. Stoli Vodka
- Diet Sprite (about 3-4 cans)
- 8 fresh lime wedges
- Add 1 cup strawberries, the liquid stevia drops, and the water to a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat, bringing to a boil.
- Lower heat to medium and let simmer for 10 mins.
- While syrup is simmering, stir together the remaining strawberries and the stevia in the raw, refrigerating until ready to use.
- Remove the syrup from heat and, using a wire sieve, strain the liquid into a small dish or bowl. Discard pulp.
- Fill a large glass with ice, add 1 ½ oz. of vodka, 2 tbsp of strawberry syrup, ¼ of the sweetened strawberries, the juice of one lime wedge, and top off with the sprite.
- Stir to combine and garnish with a lime wedge.
Getting to Know You…
Do you get as devastated as I do when it comes to food mishaps?
What’s your favorite Boys II Men song?
Strawberry Limeade or cherry?