Delicious copycat recipe for Sonic’s Cherry Limeade! Ingredients include 7-Up, cherries, a lime, and maraschino syrup. This simple recipe tastes just like the real thing.
We love simple, refreshing drinks like this one. For another Sonic copycat, be sure to check out our Ocean Water recipe. For some other drink recipes, check out our Pink Punch or are Sprite Lemonade.
Sonic Copycat Recipe
Sonic has become one of our favorite places to go as a family. We love the food, but we especially love the drinks!
From the soda to the slushies to the ice cream, there’s something for everyone in the family.
My favorite drink has always been the Cherry Limeade. It’s flavorful and can also be ordered DIET for those who like their diet drinks. 😉 This particular recipe is so easy and made with: 7UP (or Sprite), cherries, lime and maraschino syrup.
How to Make Cherry Limeade
As you can imagine, this drink is made just by combining all of the ingredients together. So simple!
It’s great for parties, BBQs, and any get together, especially because there is no alcohol and it’s good for everyone. 😉
- there is about 1 tbsp juice in a quarter lime.
- Use the syrup from the maraschino cherry jar instead of purchasing a bottle of syrup.
- What is sonic ice? Sonic ice also known as pebble ice, nugget ice and pellet ice. The ice is formed by scraping ice build up into flakes then packing those flakes into a mold. Each piece of ice is about 50% air which makes it easy to chew.
Make it a Slushy + How to Store
How to make it a slushy: You can easily use an ice cream maker with salt and ice to whip up a slushy. If you don’t have an ice cream maker you can use a couple of ziploc bags.
- Put the limeade in a quart size ziploc and seal completely.
- Place the quart bag into a gallon ziploc. Fill it with ice and rock salt. You will need 1tbsp salt for every 11 large ice cubes. Seal the gallon bag closed.
- Shake the bag for 5 minutes or until the punch turns to a slushy texture. Add more salt and ice as needed.
- Tip: the bag gets pretty cold so I suggest putting on gloves or mittens.
MAKE AHEAD OF TIME: This Cherry limeade is best when consumed quickly after mixing up, but can be made up to a day ahead of time and kept in the fridge
LEFTOVERS: Store leftover drink in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be aware that the carbonation in the soda will diminish with storage.
More Drink Recipes
- Ocean Water
- Watermelon Juice
- Slushy Punch
- Favorite Lemonade Recipe
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Homemade Slurpees
Sonic Cherry Limeade Recipe
- 1 can 7UP or Sprite
- 2 cherries
- 1/2 lime wedge
- Ice (we used Sonic's ice
- 2 tbsp Maraschino Syrup
- Place 2 cherries and ¼ lime in the bottom of your drink.
- Add ice and then your pop.
- Add 2 TB Maraschino Syrup and juice from ¼ lime.
My two girls love Sonic’s Cherry Limeade! Thanks for the great recipe. Can’t wait to make it for them. Enjoy your time with your grandma. Have fun at the alligator park 🙂
My kids can’t wait to try this Lily
This recipe looks great! So refreshing and pretty too!
this looks so yummy – how did you get Sonic ice?
You can buy it by the bag at most Sonics, well at least where I live. 🙂
A little secret: adding a 1/2 tsp of lime syrup will take this beyond the shirley temple stage and get it even closer to that Sonic magic.
I used to work at sonic, a cherry limeade is only sprite, cherry juice (they use artificial syrup), and a few limes squeezed in. But I would think if you wanted a “true” cherry limeade, it would have to be sprite. Hah.
Where do you buy the maraschino syrup? Is it available at regular grocery stores or a more specialized store?
My favorite is the strawberry limeade. I also have them add vanilla. It is so stinkin good! It is strawberry season so I just mash a few fresh strawberries, ad a couple wedges of lime, a teaspoon of , and sprite! And my sonic also sells ice. Try it!
Sorry, a tsp of vanilla! 🙂
Can’t wait,I work in the heat,I love to try these,
You can bet I’m going to make this, maybe grand daughters might like some also. I love Sonics but only get some on happy hour. I’d never been to a sonic either til we moved to Bowling Green, KY area. That was a special treat when we went into town, lived about 30 miles north of B.G. Then we moved to Grand Junction, CO area (live about 15 miles west of G.J. ) and love going to sonic there. Hobby Lobby, Walmart, $tree, other great stores close by. We really loved it when Sonic was having 50 cent corn dogs from 3 to 5. A nice inexpensive lunch for 2 old folks on SS. Wish they’d get corn dogs back for 50cents again. Do love me some cherry limeade tho. We have 2 sonics in town but only one by HL gives refills for free.
Happy summer days. Adorable little girl.
Thank you!! This recipe tastes just like the real thing! Let me know if you give it a try. If you like Sonic Cherry Limeade, you’ll love this!
You can probably just use the syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries
I love going to Sonic and getting their Limeade it is yummy and I bet you will have lots of fun with your grandma the alligator park is fun
what is Sonic Ice…is it regular ice just crushed in food processor/blender….or should I use the pop to make the ice and crush it…I am diabetic so I know I have to use diet pop….I love your recipes…please keep them coming…ty
Sonic ice is crushed ice. It just melts in your mouth and it’s small and I just love it. Diet soda will work just as good:) Thank you for trying recipes and keep coming back!
Sonic makes a diet cherry limeade here in Dallas!
What is so special about Sonic’s ice? do they add something to their ice or is it just crushed differently?
It is crushed ice. I wish my fridge made it like that!! It’s the best!
Hi l am sweet stuff
I love your copy cat sonic cherry lemonade
But I want to make a full punch bowl of this lemonade
So what all do I need
Thx I fixed the limeade for a wedding and they loved it lol
Yay!! It is always a hit 🙂 Thank you for making it & letting me know!
Sounds yummy will definitely try this weekend
It is!! Hope you like it!
Sonic ice is pebble ice, IT’s airy, they sell pebble ice machines on amazon
Sonic ice is the best!
I just made this!! My husband and I both LOVED this recipe. thanks
Isn’t it great?! Glad you both liked it!
Favorite happy hour drink at Sonic! This tastes just like it! So excited to make it all summer long!
I am so excited to have this recipe..thank you! We love it! It’s so refreshing & perfect all summer!
A refreshing drink that requires very little. Taste like the real thing!
due to covid summer activities have been super limited. One way we stay busy is trying out cool drinks. We love sonic and were going to try out your slushy tip!
Our Sonic closed a few years ago so when I saw this recipe, I knew I needed to try it.
It’s my go to – but now I need an ice machine. 😄😄
I just made this!! My Wife and I both LOVED this recipe. thanks
You’re welcome! So glad you both enjoyed it!
So refreshing! I shall be making these often. Thank you.
You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the drink!
Excellent recipe. I only substituted Sprite Zero. So yummy!!