WHIPPED FROZEN CHERRY LIMEADE
Bring sugar and water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Stir in lime zest and remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 1 hour, then strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve; discard the zest. (You'll have extra lime simple syrup; refrigerate for up to 1 week.)
Add 1/2 cup of the simple syrup, lime juice, cherry juice, half-and-half (if using) and ice to a blender. Blend until the ice is crushed and the mixture is slushy. Divide among 4 8-ounce glasses and serve immediately.
To make ahead: Refrigerate simple syrup (Step 1) in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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