Cherry Limeade: Sonic Copycat Recipe

Summer is here…the kids are home…it’s 2 p.m…you know what that means! It’s Sonic time! We love Sonic’s Happy Hour, but unfortunately the closest restaurant to us is about an hour away. So what’s the next best thing? Make our own Cherry Limeade that tastes just like Sonic’s!

This Cherry Limeade is very easy, the only tricky part was the cherry syrup. We ended up using cherry ice cream topping and just straining out the cherries to get just the syrup. The good part though, you only need 2 tablespoons per glass. And that and juicing the limes are the hardest part about putting these together. Even the kids can join in and you can make it a family experience just like enjoying it at Sonic in person.

I think this would make a great drink to serve for the Fourth of July as well, add some blue straws and you have a festive little drink!

Cherry Limeade: Sonic Copycat Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cherry Limeade: Sonic Copycat Recipe

Save yourself a trip to Sonic and make their Cherry Limeade at home. Recipe from


  • 2 tablespoons cherry syrup (see notes)
  • Juice of 1/3 of a lime
  • 1 cup {8 oz} of lemon-lime soda
  • Ice
  • Maraschino Cherry and Lime Slices for garnish, optional


  1. Pour cherry syrup into a tall glass, add juice of lime
  2. Add lemon-lime soda and ice to fill glass
  3. Garnish with cherries and lime slices if desired


We used cherry ice cream topping and strained the syrup out. The original recipe said you could also use grenadine, but it will be bitter. We did not try the grenadine. Original recipe from CopyKat Cookbook

Original recipe in Dining Out at Home with’s Cookbook

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  1. My husband and I are enjoying this now. It’s a very good drink. I couldn’t find “ice cream topping” so used the juice from the cherries. It was still good. I don’t think there’s enough lime taste though, so next time I make this I’ll double the lime juice and see if it makes it tastes spot on. Thanks for sharing. It’s definitely a keeper.

  2. I love Sonic’s Limeade! I’ve made it myself and used cherry snow cone syrup.

  3. Sounds yummy! Visiting from the All Things Summer link up! Feel free to also link this one up at our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party. Our theme this week is Red, White & BBQ! This fits nicely. :)
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