Cherry Limeade {another Sonic recipe}

Since it’s almost summer and the Sonic in my sister’s small town just went out of business, I thought I would post the recipe for one of my favorite drinks ever: Cherry Limeade. It’s fizzy, light, refreshing and the perfect drink for warmer weather. {A nice change from all those grilling recipes! :)}

If you know me or have read some of my previous blog posts, then you know how much I love Sonic and their onion rings, corn dogs and diet cherry limeades. Well, after I posted this recipe, a sweet lady named Deb left a comment telling me how to make my beloved Cherry Limeade. {Hi, Deb!} If you have never had a Cherry Limeade from Sonic before {or experienced happy hour there}, then you are totally missing out. It is at the top of my list for favorite drinks. Oh, and I use diet soda, so it’s completely guilt free. Bonus!

If you can believe, this recipe only calls for three main ingredients: Lemon Lime Soda {you’re supposed to use Sprite, but I couldn’t find the diet version here, so I used 7-up}, grenadine, and fresh lime juice. You’ll need ice, maraschino cherries and lime wedges to garnish too, but really, that’s optional. Basically, you pour everything into a pitcher and stir. See? Easy! Just what I like. I got my niece to help me gather things together to make this a few days ago and she was so totally thrilled with this fancy ‘bubble drink’. Isn’t she cute?

If you are getting warmer weather, give this recipe a try! And if you’re not, make a full pitcher and remember the days when the weather was warmer! Have a great weekend!

Cherry Limeade
yield: 8 servings
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1-2 liter bottle Sprite or 7-up {I used diet}
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup grenadine
maraschino cherries, lime wedges and ice {optional}

Mix all ingredients into a large pitcher and serve cold. Garnish with lime wedges and cherries, if desired.

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29 Responses to “Cherry Limeade {another Sonic recipe}”

  1. #
    Lucy @ The Sweet Touch — May 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    So simple, yet so delicious! Can’t wait to try this.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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    JenniferA — May 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Would you believe I’ve only ever been to Sonic once in my life? We don’t have them around here so the only time I went was on a business trip to Arkansas. And I didn’t know! I didn’t know I was supposed to get the tots and not the fries, and I definitely didn’t know I was supposed to get the Cherry Limeade. Next time!


  3. #
    Amy from Chicago — May 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Lo! I’m so happy you posted this! I have been trying to duplicate it forever without much success. Now that we have the corn dog recipe and the diet cherry limeade recipe – we just need you to duplicate the onion ring recipe. Challenge accepted???


    • Lauren — May 27th, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

      I don’t know if I’ll have onions…!


  4. #
    KG Texan — May 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    What a beautiful young lady drinking my favorite drink. :)


  5. #
    Liesel — May 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Now my kids miss their cousin! 1ol! Looks absolutely delish, I’m totally going to make it. Lots.


  6. #
    Marilyn Brennan — May 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Hello, your followers will want the onion recipe too, even if you don’t! Course, you call the shots…


  7. #
    Marilyn Brennan — May 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    And yes, your little model is super cute!


  8. #
    Katrina — May 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    This drink looks lovely! Great recipe. I need to get to a Sonic before they all close!


  9. #
    caiti — May 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    delish my favorite drink and thats a very perfect model you have there


  10. #
    Vikki — May 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Just made it and it’s Awesome! Perfect for first weekend of summer! Thanks.


  11. #
    Donna — May 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve never been to Sonic, but these look DElish – so refreshing and flavorful. Will definitely try this sometime this summer!


  12. #
    Erin @ A Crafty Cook — February 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I worked at sonic for 4 years through high school and college and this is spot on!


  13. #
    Eva — April 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    If I were to spike this awesome tasting drink, what would you recommend? Any suggestions?


  14. #
    Amanda — April 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    What aisle is grenadine on at the grocery store?


    • Jordan — May 19th, 2012 @ 2:26 am

      Hey Amanda,
      I searched all over Walmart for grenadine but they finally said they didn’t have it. I ended up finding it for about $3.50 at the liquor store next door. You should be able to find it towards the mixed drinks section.

      Just tried this recipe and LOVED it! Would even be great with some alcohol. :)


  15. #
    Nativeruru — August 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I’m a Strawberry lover and my husband love Cherry Limeade I seem to have all the ingredents so I sure will give it a whirl….I have just started drinking cherry limeade cause of my husband and it’s good but I still prefer strawberry limeade with blue coconut in it and Sonic is my faortie place to go and get them every time I go into town I always drop a cherry limedae for my husband before I come home…..Thank you so much for sharing this with us….I will be making it from now summer or not we will be drinking it…


  16. #
    Christina Peterson — September 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Does the grenadine give it a cherry flavor?


    • Lauren — September 20th, 2012 @ 6:51 am

      Yup…well sort of! It’s what they use at Sonic so it’s what I use.


      • Christina Peterson — September 21st, 2012 @ 10:24 am

        I actually added a little bit of the maraschino cherry syrup to it, about 1 tablespoon and it made it almost identical!

  17. #
    Anonymous — August 23, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I had this drink once at a resort in Mexico,
    they called it a flamingo. Could you maybe send me the recipe far a single serving?


  18. #
    Kerry — March 7, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Any other sonic recipes on here? Love Cherry Limeade!!!
    Never had a thing at Sonic thatI did not like!!!
    Going to studying your spot my first visit so excited to see what else you have. Thank You!!!


  19. #
    Letia — August 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I love strawberry! Any ideas how to make it?


  20. #
    Carol — January 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Can you use bottled lime juice?



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