Sonic Drive-In Cherry Limeade copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Sonic Drive-In Cherry Limeade

Score: 4.68. Votes: 22
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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 Sonic cherry limeade copycat recipe makes a simple, old-fashioned drink by combining Sprite with cherry juice and some lime wedges. Use cherry juice made by Kool-Aid under the brand-name Jammers 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 (Kool-Aid Jammers is best)
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    • Restaurant/Brand
      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: 4.68. Votes: 22
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Lori Siade
Jan 20, 2019, 17:51

This was so close to Sonic's that we wont have to drive across town anymore. Liked the extra lime and I did add some maraschino cherry juice for a stronger cherry flavor. Will be making this often and give the Rose's Cherry Grenadine the other reviewers mentioned a try and get a bigger glass! Made and reviewed for the What's On The Menu recipe tag game.

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.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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