Do you have any fun family traditions to mark the beginning of summer? For us, it is going to Sonic and getting a Cherry Limeade. Growing up, Sonic was very different than it is now. It used to be closed most of the year, only opening at about the start of May and closing sometime in September or October. They assumed that most people had no desire to sit in a drive through and get cold summer drinks. Crazy or what?
Well, since it is what my husband and I both grew up with, neither of us even think of going to Sonic during the dead of winter and always go to get a Sonic Cherry Limeade as soon as the weather gets warmer. Unfortunately, the cost of this yummy drink has been creeping up through the years. I cringe when the ‘Happy Hour’ prices are more expensive than the old regular price. Yikes!
While nothing really beats the full Sonic drive through experience, I started experimenting in my kitchen to make a fun copycat recipe. I mean, what is better than being able to have a yummy Sonic Cherry Limeade anytime you want it! Best of all, you can put in extra cherries or cherry juice, mixing it to your exact liking. After a bit of experimenting, we finally found the perfect recipe that is perfect mixture of sweetness to make even the hottest day seem amazing! Feel free to try our yummy Sonic Cherry Limeade Copycat recipe and tell us what you think!
Note: Special thanks to my friends Krista from Adventures of Country Divas for helping me with this recipe and pictures!
Sonic Cherry Limeade Copycat Recipe
Do you love Sonic’s Cherry Limeade? Check out this delicious copycat recipe here!
- Category: Drink
- 2 cans of 7-up or Sprite
- 1/2 cup of Grenadine
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- Maraschino cherries
- Lime wedges
- Fill your preferred pitcher with ice.
- Add your clear soda, grenadine and lime juice to the ice pitcher.
- With a long spatula or stirrer, mix the ingredients in the pitcher.
- Add cherries and lime wedges before serving for extra flavor!
This looks amazing!!! I always love anything that is cherry flavored. Great post <3
Debbie Welchert says
My daughter loves Sonic Cherry Limeade. She is going to love having this recipe. I can’t wait to try some out.
Meghan Castillo says
I love Sonic and this drink looks so good. I love Cherry favored drinks.
Sandy Cain says
Thanks for this! There are no Sonics where I live, but I used to live out West, and I loved them. This is a super recipe!
Laurie P says
oh this sounds super tasty! Thanks for sharing it 🙂
I love Sonics Cherry LImeade thanks for sharing!!
laura rubenstein says
I am having a party soon and I am gonna make this for sure! It sounds so refreshing!
Alison Gibb says
I have never been to a Sonic but I love this recipe for cherry-limeade. I am going to try to make it tonight! My son will love it!!
There’s nothing better than a icy cold drink on a hot summer day. I’ve never been to Sonic.But, I’ll have to try this drink. Without the cherry flavoring.
Jessica CG says
I LOVE cherry limeades from Sonic! And I’m super excited that I know I can make them at home…yay!
Raven Girl says
Thanks for sharing the recipe. Its sure a plus for the summer.
Carolyn Massey says
I love this recipe, thanks. We love Sonic but not one close to us so every time I go home I always make a trip there.
Tara L says
I actually had the drink and it taste very delicious and refreshing. Great summer drink or for a BBQ you could actually get a recipe and make it yourself.
That cherry lemonade looks so yummy for summer time I like to try some
vannia vanderspek says
that way I spend the money to make a lot of drinks not just one drink LOL ! Love your guys recipes !! thank you all for sharing so much !! 😀
Elizabeth Sunderland says
I had to look up what Grenadine was because cherry-limeade is my absolute fav. Thanks for the recipe. I will sure be looking for Grenadine and purchasing so I can enjoy my favorite drink this summer.
Michele Ash says
Thanks so much for the yummy recipe Sonic Cherry Limeade Copycat! I must not be too savvy in the drink making department! Can you tell me what Grenadine is? I’ve heard of it before, but right now I can’t for the life of me think of what it is! This drink sounds wonderful and I’ve saved it to make! I have to get the ingredients first! Thanks so much for sharing this yummy recipe on Sonic Cherry Limeade Copycat Recipe with all of us! Thanks Again! Michele 🙂
Susan Bewley says
Grenadine is pure cherry syrup. It can be found, usually, in the aisle with beer in most grocery stores in the section for making mixed drinks. Its totally alcohol free though – just a flavoring many people use for a variety of drinks. 🙂
Tammy Schweitzer Catterton says
wow thanks for sharing this I will have too try it now great for the summer
Ashley Chassereau Parks says
Thanks for sharing!! We have a sonic on the same block & my hubby loves Cherry Limeades, but this would be much better on the budget I think!! I will have to make him one soon and see what he thinks!! 😀
Judy maharrey says
I love cherry limade! Thanks so much for the recipe. It is easier to make than I thought!
Crystal Rogers Walker says
THIS IS MY FAVORITE DRINK RECIPE OF ALL TIMES THANK YOU FOR GIVING IT TO ME
Sandra Watts says
My son wants to make this now. It looks awesome!
I love this drink and love that I can make it at home. Thanks for the copycat recipe. It is so refreshing!
I have never had Sonic’s Cherry Limeade but it does sound delicious. I can’t wait to try this, thank you for sharing this recipe.
Thanks for the recipe! Looks good I think I will sub cherry juice for the grenadine though, not my favorite
Crystal mexico says
This sounds soo yummy! I will be saving this one for the “To try” folder! Thank you for posting!
Oh wow! I had no idea Sonic wasn’t open most of the year back in the day. Fun information. 🙂 My oldest daughter used to work at Sonic last summer I’m sure she’d get a kick out of knowing that. Cherry limeades are one of my favorite drinks. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂
this lemonade looks yummy
Charissa N. says
Yum! Definitely going to have to try this.
Lisa Ward says
I live that you have a recipe for this .. i love sonic.. thanks
Amy Green says
I have got to try this out, for my sister! This is her absolute favorite drink when we go by there. I understand that actor Jamie Foxx is a big fan of the restaurant!
Dawn Keenan says
This looks great! I can’t wait to try it. We love Sonic.
This looks great! Can’t wait to try it out
Katherine Riley says
This sounds like a great summer recipe. A big pitcher of this and some crushed ice – YUM!
Ashley D. says
Omg thank you, this looks amazing. Perfect especially for the weather now.
Tiffanie Hope says
When I was younger, my favorite drink was the Sonic Cherry Limeade, and the Sonic Sunrise (Cherry Limeade with Orange Juice). I really appreciate you posting this recipe! Brings back lots of good memories!
Looks yummy! Can’t wait to try this.
Sherry Compton says
These are so good year round, but especially refreshing in the summer. How nice to be able to make them at home.
Marsha C says
My 2nd favorite drink after good southern sweet tea! I’ll try this recipe since we no longer have a Sonic here!
John Thuku says
That looks so yummy. I am definitely going to try this.
Holly Thomas says
this is perfect for hot Florida days.
Crystal Rogers Walker says
OMG My favorite drink from Sonic and it’s so easy, I am going to get the stuff now, l
you mean I have been missing this, oh my well not anymore, thanks
carissa joslyn says
ohh I love copy cat recipes! I have always wanted a copycat of a shirly temple! 🙂 these sound delish, don’t have a sonic near me.
Jennifer M says
Oh, my kiddos are going to love this!!!
Christina Strapp says
This is one of my favorite drinks from Sonic. I sometimes get it in slushy form to which is really good. We love going to Sonic in the winter time. This is making me want this drink..lol. Thank you for the recipe, didn’t realize how easy it was to make!
Sara Theissen says
I love this drink from Sonic! I would love to make it at home. Thanks for posting!
Shakeia Rieux says
I have never tried this from Sonics,but i would try it whenever i decide to go.I love the way the cherry and limeade taste together
william gossage says
this sound like it be real taste and if it tate like sonic i know it will
Jerry Marquardt says
Cherry and Lime, all in one drink! It looks good and I truly think that it must be refreshing.
Candice Martin says
Oh my! We love cherry limeades so I’m definitely going to try this! It would be a refreshing drink for this summer!
I have found so many good copycat recipes on Pinterest. I also have two books by Todd Wilbur that have fast food copies. It’s pretty close.
Michele Ash says
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipe for Sonic Cherry Limeade Copycat Recipe! This sounds and looks just like Sonic’s Cherry Limeade! I really do love this recipe! I saved the recipe to give it a try! It will be nice to be able to make these at home when it’s so hot outside!!! Thanks again for sharing this great recipe with all of us! Thanks again! Michele 🙂
Dana Matthews says
Oh, this sounds and looks good! I make a special trip to Sonic just for a Cherry Limeade at times. Yummy!
Kara Paintedone says
I used to love getting these on hot summer days. Just the right refreshing drink to have. I haven’t had this in years and now I can make it. Seriously I am all about the lime.
Brandy Trover says
My family loves Sonic drinks. This one will be a great one to try with them. Thanks!