Sonic Cherry Limeade

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This copycat recipe for Sonic Cherry Limeade is a must have drink to help beat the heat this summer! It’s fizzy, light, non-alcoholic and refreshing. Made with lemon-lime soda (Sprite), grenadine, ice and garnished with lime slices and maraschino cherries. It’s the most delicious way to cool off all summer long. While you’re making cold drinks, try another favorite from Sonic, Ocean Water!

cherry limeade in a glass with lemon wedges

Cherry Limeade – My Favorite Copycat Recipe

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. It is made with lemon-lime soda (sprite or 7-up), lime juice, ice and grenadine (made from pomegranates). Garnish with a slice of lime or two and a maraschino cherry.

Make it Diet Friendly

If you’re wanting a lower calorie, diet friendly version of Cherry Limeade, I have good news for you! You can use a diet version of any lemon-lime soda you prefer. I like to use Sprite Zero.

cherry limeade in a glass with lime slice

How to Make Sonic Cherry Limeade

Making this Cherry Limeade is really simple, but full recipe details and measurements are found below in the printable recipe card.

Combine Ingredients

Combine lemon-lime soda, grenadine and lime juice together into a large pitcher.

Pour + Serve

Pour into glasses over ice (I prefer pebble ice). Garnish with lime wedges and cherries, if desired.

top view of cherry limeade

Making Cherry Limeade Ahead of Time

Like most drinks, it’s best when consumed quickly after mixing up, but can be made up to a day ahead of time and kept in the fridge.


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. You can also use the leftovers to make a slushy or popsicles. 

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cherry limeade in a glass with lime slice
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Sonic Cherry Limeade

This refreshing Cherry Limeade recipe tastes just like the one you order from Sonic! Pair with pebble ice and it's almost exact.
servings 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 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 optional
  • ice optional


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


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry limeade

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  3. Kerry

    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!!!

  4. Anonymous

    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?

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  8. Nativeruru

    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…

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    1. Jordan

      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. 🙂

  10. Donna

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

  11. Marilyn Brennan

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

  12. Amy from Chicago

    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???

  13. JenniferA

    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!