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Sonic Drive-In Cherry Limeade

By Todd Wilbur

Score: 4.67. Votes: 21
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Here's the signature drink from the chain that revived the old-school drive-up burger joint. In 1953 Troy Smith obtained the parcel of land in Shawnee, Oklahoma that was big enough to fit the new steakhouse and root beer stand he had always dreamed about. Troy thought he'd make the steakhouse his primary operation, but as it turned out folks preferred the hot dogs and cold drinks over at the root beer stand. Troy did the smart thing and ditched the steakhouse to focus all his efforts on the other restaurant. At first he called the root beer stand "Top Hat," but when Troy found out that name was already being used, he came up with "Sonic" to signify "service at the speed of sound." Today the chain is the sixth largest hamburger outlet in the country. 

This recipe makes a simple, old-fashioned drink by combining Sprite with cherry juice and some lime wedges. Use cherry juice made by Libby under the brand-name Juicy Juice for the best home hack.

Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 12 ounces Sprite (1 can)
  • 3 lime wedges (1/8 of a lime each)
  • 1/4 cup cherry juice (Libby's Juicy Juice is best)
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      Sonic Drive-In
    • Instructions

      1. Fill a 16-ounce glass 2/3 full with ice.

      2. Pour Sprite over the ice.

      3. Add the juice of three lime wedges and drop them into the drink.

      4. Add the cherry juice and serve with a straw.

      Makes one 16-ounce drink (medium size).

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Score: 4.67. Votes: 21
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Ginny in Ocala
Feb 4, 2014, 22:00

This is very good....tried it also with left over cherry juice and cherries that we used for a ham.

Aug 11, 2013, 21:00

This recipe is good...but using fountain soda, or club soda...instead of Sprite...makes this drink perfect. Also, I prefer using frozen limeade instead of fresh limes. Start with a large glass. Pour a little club soda in the bottom and the add about 3 tablespoons of limeade that is semi-soft. Stir to mix the limeade and soda. Next, fill the glass about half full with soda, stir gently and add cracked or crushed ice. If the drink is too weak...stir in more limeade.....if the drink is too strong...add more

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