Cherry Limeade (Copycat Sonic Recipe) – It’s easy to make the best cherry limeade at home with just 3 simple ingredients! Serve over ice for a perfectly refreshing summertime drink.

Homemade Sonic cherry limeade with limes and cherries.

Why We Love This Copycat Recipe

Love those drive-in cherry limeades? Now you can have one whenever you want… without leaving the house!

It is unbelievably easy to make a sweet, tangy, bubbly, and totally refreshing summertime drink in mere minutes with only 3 ingredients: Soda, lime, and maraschino cherries. The taste is practically identical to the classic Sonic restaurant version but, is ready to enjoy in less time than it takes to get the AC going in the car.

This Cherry Limeade recipe is great to make with the kids all summer long. Or add a splash of vodka or rum for a grown-up beverage.

3 glasses of soda with cherries and limes.

3 Ingredients You Need

  • Lemon-lime soda – like 7Up or Sprite
  • Maraschino cherries and juice – or maraschino cherries and grenadine
  • Lime juice – freshly squeezed lime juice is best + lime to slice and use to garnish each drink

And of course, don’t forget the ice! Use your choice of cubed ice or crushed ice.

Ingredients: lemon-lime soda, fresh whole lime, and jar of maraschino cherries.

How to Make a (Better Than Sonic!) Cherry Limeade

First, fill a high ball glass or tumbler half full with ice. (Crushed ice is best to recreate the classic Sonic drive-in feel.)

Then pour in the fresh lime juice.

Hand pouring lime juice into a glass tumbler.

Next add the cherry juice or grenadine.

Get the Complete (Printable) Recipe for Homemade Cherry Limeades Below. Enjoy!

Hand adding cherry juice to the glass.

Lastly, pour in the lemon-lime soda. Give the drink a stir and garnish with slices of lime and a few maraschino cherries.

Spoon stirring the drink.

Make this Cherry Limeade Recipe with Vodka (or Rum!)

Give your summertime drink a 21+ kick with vodka or white rum! There is basically no limit to the different flavors of alcohol that you can purchase… Lime-flavored vodka or rum are both yummy options that perfectly compliment the sweet citrus taste of a Sonic cherry limeade.

To each beverage add 1-2 ounces of your preferred alcohol before you pour in the lemon-lime soda.

For an even bigger party-time vibe, soak the maraschino cherries in your choice of vodka or rum for at least 24 hours (up to 72 hours) before you add them to the drinks.

Top down three glasses of cherry limeade.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make limeades without soda?

You can, but they will obviously not be fizzy without a carbonated beverage as the base. Substitute the lemon-lime soda with pure cherry juice or water sweetened to taste with simple syrup.

Is cherry limeade good for you?

Let’s be honest: Soda drinks are never “good” for you. However, the ingredients in this recipe are relatively simple. And there is no caffeine in this cherry limeade recipe inspired by the Sonic drink!

How do you make a diet cherry limeade?

Use diet 7UP, diet Sprite, or other diet lemon-lime soda you prefer for a low-calorie and low-sugar drink.

What other Sonic limeade flavors can you make at home?

Do not just stop at the cherry limeades! It is easy to make other flavors of Sonic, like strawberry, cranberry, or plain limeade.

For a strawberry limeade, use strawberry syrup and fresh sliced berries. Make a cranberry limeade by using a splash of cranberry juice and whole tart berries. Or enjoy a simple yet refreshing super lime limeade made with more lime juice and sliced limes!

Final shot from sonic cherry limeade recipe. Three glasses garnished with fresh lime slices and cherries.

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3-Ingredient Cherry Limeade (Sonic Recipe Copycat)

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Make the best copycat Sonic cherry limeade recipe at home with just 3 simple ingredients! Serve this bubbly beverage over ice for a perfectly refreshing summertime drink.
Servings: 1 beverage



  • Fill a high ball glass or tumbler half full with ice.
  • Pour in 6 ounces of lemon-lime soda, 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of cherry juice from the maraschino cherry jar, and 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice. Stir well.
  • Garnish with a few maraschino cherries from the jar. For a slightly fancier version, stir in a pinch of salt (to intensify the flavors) and lime slices/wedges.


Cherry Limeades are a great platform for fun adult cocktails. Add in 1-2 ounces rum or vodka to kick things up!


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 159kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 0.3g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.02g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g, Sodium: 19mg, Potassium: 30mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 31IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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