Who doesn’t agree that Sonic has yummy cherry limeades? Here's a cherry limeade recipe with the fun fizzy flavor but no artificial colors or corn syrup.

Cherry Limeade Recipe (Like Sonic)

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Who doesn’t agree that Sonic has yummy cherry limeades? Here’s a cherry limeade recipe with the fun fizzy flavor but no artificial colors or corn syrup. They make a great party drink for kids too!

cherry limeade in a mason jar with cherries and lime wedges and some paper straws and a measuring cup pouring cherry juice into a jar

Sonic makes the yummiest cherry limeades, but I did some experimenting and came up with one that is just as good, but not full of chemicals I don’t want to serve myself and my family. You’d be surprised the effects chemicals in food can have on your kids (and even you).

I still want to have fun and enjoy a refreshing drink. And there are lots of health benefits to using limes and cherries in your food and drinks. The electrolytes for starters. Your body needs these to move water through the body and rehydrate it and water doesn’t have them. So when you get super hot and sweaty on a hot day in the summer, you need to replenish them with something. So think of it like Gatorade!

Cherry limemade in mason jar with paper straws and a lime wedge and three cherries on bucket in the gardenSonic Limeade

Why Sonic limeades? They have that yummy sweet cherry and tart flavor that is so refreshing in the summertime. I have lots of great memories of cherry limeades with friends and family over the years. I just feel guilty for consuming a whole Styrofoam cup full of chemicals and sugars and then throwing the cup in the landfill. So I came up with my own way of doing it. It’s made with real fruit, no artificial colors, it’s gorgeous and tastes even better!

Usually, we use reusable straws, but you can even use these adorable paper ones we used. There are even stainless steel straws these days with cleaning kits.

Drinks without high fructose corn syrup

You could use crushed ice to make your limeade even more Sonic-like. You can sweeten this drink with either raw sugar or even honey. We used raw sugar, but I bet honey would add another twist of goodness.

Pouring cherry juice into mason jar to make cherry limeade

Sonic Cherry Limeade Recipe

Who doesn’t agree that Sonic has yummy cherry limeades? Here's a cherry limeade recipe with the fun fizzy flavor but no artificial colors or corn syrup.
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Sonic Cherry Limeade

Yummy fizzy cherry and lime drink that is just as good as Sonic, but without the artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Limeade, Summer Drink
Servings: 2 people
Author: Christina
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Mason Jar

Ingredients

  • 1/3 c raw sugar (or honey)
  • 1/3 c water
  • 1/2 c tart cherry juice, no sugar added
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 2 c club soda
  • ice

Instructions

  • Cook and stir sugar on low heat in water until it’s completely dissolved. If you’re using honey, you don’t even have to heat it, just a little stirring will help the honey incorporate into the water.

  • Cool the simple syrup.
  • Add it to a quart sized mason jar and add the juice of two freshly squeezed limes and the cherry juice.
  • Stir well.
  • Add club soda and ice and put the lid on the jar and shake it well.
  • Pour into smaller mason jars or glasses and enjoy.

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2 Comments

  1. Would you believe I’ve never been to a Sonic?
    But I do like some drinks from places like Chic fil A and others.
    I love your idea of duplicating tasty treats like this with better ingredients.