Sonic Cherry Limeade Copycat Recipe

Posted on May 6 2015 - 1:50am by Susan Bewley


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!


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Sonic Cherry Limeade Copycat Recipe
Do you love Sonic's Cherry Limeade? Check out this delicious copycat recipe here!
Recipe type: Drink
  • 2 cans of 7-up or Sprite
  • ½ cup of Grenadine
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • Ice
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Lime wedges
  1. Fill your preferred pitcher with ice.
  2. Add your clear soda, grenadine and lime juice to the ice pitcher.
  3. With a long spatula or stirrer, mix the ingredients in the pitcher.
  4. Add cherries and lime wedges before serving for extra flavor!



Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

56 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Robyn May 6, 2015 at 2:27 am - Reply

    This looks amazing!!! I always love anything that is cherry flavored. Great post <3

  2. Debbie Welchert May 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    My daughter loves Sonic Cherry Limeade. She is going to love having this recipe. I can’t wait to try some out.

  3. Meghan Castillo May 6, 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    I love Sonic and this drink looks so good. I love Cherry favored drinks.

  4. Sandy Cain May 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    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!

  5. Laurie P May 6, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    oh this sounds super tasty! Thanks for sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sally May 6, 2015 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I love Sonics Cherry LImeade thanks for sharing!!

  7. laura rubenstein May 6, 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I am having a party soon and I am gonna make this for sure! It sounds so refreshing!

  8. Alison Gibb May 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    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!!

  9. lisa May 7, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    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.

  10. Jessica CG May 7, 2015 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I LOVE cherry limeades from Sonic! And I’m super excited that I know I can make them at home…yay!

  11. Raven Girl May 7, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Its sure a plus for the summer.

  12. Carolyn Massey May 7, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    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.

  13. Tara L May 8, 2015 at 12:27 am - Reply

    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.

  14. SaRa May 8, 2015 at 7:44 am - Reply

    That cherry lemonade looks so yummy for summer time I like to try some

  15. vannia vanderspek May 9, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    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 !! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Elizabeth Sunderland May 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    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.

  17. Michele Ash May 9, 2015 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Susan Bewley May 10, 2015 at 12:15 am - Reply

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Tammy Schweitzer Catterton May 10, 2015 at 12:25 am - Reply

    wow thanks for sharing this I will have too try it now great for the summer

  19. Ashley Chassereau Parks May 10, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    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!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Judy maharrey May 10, 2015 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I love cherry limade! Thanks so much for the recipe. It is easier to make than I thought!

  21. Crystal Rogers Walker May 12, 2015 at 2:02 pm - Reply


  22. Sandra Watts May 13, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    My son wants to make this now. It looks awesome!

  23. polly May 13, 2015 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I love this drink and love that I can make it at home. Thanks for the copycat recipe. It is so refreshing!

  24. M.Clark May 15, 2015 at 12:53 am - Reply

    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.

  25. Katie May 15, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe! Looks good I think I will sub cherry juice for the grenadine though, not my favorite

  26. Crystal mexico May 17, 2015 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    This sounds soo yummy! I will be saving this one for the “To try” folder! Thank you for posting!

  27. Julie May 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Oh wow! I had no idea Sonic wasn’t open most of the year back in the day. Fun information. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Sara May 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    this lemonade looks yummy

  29. Charissa N. May 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Yum! Definitely going to have to try this.

  30. Lisa Ward May 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I live that you have a recipe for this .. i love sonic.. thanks

  31. Amy Green May 22, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    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!

  32. Dawn Keenan May 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    This looks great! I can’t wait to try it. We love Sonic.

  33. Katrina May 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    This looks great! Can’t wait to try it out

  34. Katherine Riley May 24, 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a great summer recipe. A big pitcher of this and some crushed ice – YUM!

  35. Ashley D. May 24, 2015 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Omg thank you, this looks amazing. Perfect especially for the weather now.

  36. Tiffanie Hope May 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    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!

  37. San May 30, 2015 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Looks yummy! Can’t wait to try this.

  38. Sherry Compton May 30, 2015 at 6:28 am - Reply

    These are so good year round, but especially refreshing in the summer. How nice to be able to make them at home.

  39. Marsha C May 30, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

    My 2nd favorite drink after good southern sweet tea! I’ll try this recipe since we no longer have a Sonic here!

  40. John Thuku May 31, 2015 at 6:24 am - Reply

    That looks so yummy. I am definitely going to try this.

  41. Holly Thomas May 31, 2015 at 7:01 am - Reply

    this is perfect for hot Florida days.

  42. Crystal Rogers Walker May 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    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

  43. carissa joslyn May 31, 2015 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    ohh I love copy cat recipes! I have always wanted a copycat of a shirly temple! ๐Ÿ™‚ these sound delish, don’t have a sonic near me.

  44. Jennifer M May 31, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Oh, my kiddos are going to love this!!!

  45. Christina Strapp May 31, 2015 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    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 Thank you for the recipe, didn’t realize how easy it was to make!

  46. Sara Theissen June 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I love this drink from Sonic! I would love to make it at home. Thanks for posting!

  47. Shakeia Rieux June 1, 2015 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    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

  48. william gossage June 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    this sound like it be real taste and if it tate like sonic i know it will

  49. Jerry Marquardt June 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Cherry and Lime, all in one drink! It looks good and I truly think that it must be refreshing.

  50. Candice Martin June 3, 2015 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Oh my! We love cherry limeades so I’m definitely going to try this! It would be a refreshing drink for this summer!

  51. lisa June 7, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    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.

  52. Michele Ash July 6, 2015 at 1:11 am - Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Dana Matthews August 14, 2015 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Oh, this sounds and looks good! I make a special trip to Sonic just for a Cherry Limeade at times. Yummy!

  54. Kara Paintedone October 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    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.

  55. Brandy Trover March 17, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    My family loves Sonic drinks. This one will be a great one to try with them. Thanks!

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