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Cherry Limeade Recipe

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ingredients for cherry limeade

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?

girl drinking cherry limeade

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

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 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • 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!