This Sonic style cherry limeade is fizzy, refreshing and perfect for a hot day! Best of all, it’s ready in just 5 minutes.

If you’re a Sonic fan, or simply looking for an easy summery drink, this cherry limeade recipe is for you. It contains just a handful of ingredients and is perfect for a hot day!

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A glass pitcher of cherry limeade garnished with slices of fresh lime and maraschino cherries.

Sometimes you just need a fun and festive drink that hits the spot on a hot day. This cherry limeade is cool, refreshing and couldn’t be any easier to make. Skip the trip to Sonic and make a big pitcher of cherry limeade at home instead!

How do you make cherry limeade?

To make cherry limeade, you’ll need just a handful of ingredients, including limeade concentrate, a jar of maraschino cherries and a bottle of lemon lime soda. You can find limeade concentrate in cans in the freezer section of most grocery stores.

The first step is to whisk together the limeade concentrate and the whole jar of maraschino cherries, juice and all! Go for the maraschino cherries without stems; while the stems look prettier, you don’t want them floating around in your limeade.

Limeade concentrate and maraschino cherries and juice in a pitcher.

The next step is to pour in a bottle of lemon lime soda, then add plenty of ice and serve!

Soda, cherries, cherry juice and limeade in a pitcher.

While you can serve this cherry limeade as is, I HIGHLY recommend loading it up with garnishes like fresh sliced limes and sprigs of mint. The springs of mint are not included in the traditional Sonic recipe, but I find it really adds to the refreshment factor and looks pretty. It’s up to you whether you choose to include them or not.

A pitcher of cherry limeade with lime slices, maraschino cherries and mint sprigs.

This cherry limeade is great for birthday parties or summer events. Everyone just gravitates towards the bright red color and refreshing taste!

Cups of cherry limeade garnished with mint, lime and cherries.

I don’t know about you, but we’re sure going to be drinking cherry limeade all summer long. My kids love searching for the cherries in their cup and I love that I can have this fun drink ready with minimal effort!

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5 from 15 votes

Cherry Limeade

AuthorSara Welch
A glass pitcher of cherry limeade garnished with slices of fresh lime and maraschino cherries.
This Sonic style cherry limeade is fizzy, refreshing and perfect for a hot day! Best of all, it's ready in just 5 minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time6 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Serves 8


  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries without stems
  • 1 liter lemon lime soda
  • 2 limes sliced
  • mint sprigs optional


  • Place the frozen limeade concentrate into a large pitcher. Add the jar of cherries and cherry juice, and stir to combine.
  • Pour in the soda and stir to combine. Add ice as desired.
  • Garnish with sliced limes and mint sprigs, then serve.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 7mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    It’s such a pretty beverage , I’m sure even the kids would like it. And I’d like that they arena asking for Dr. Pepper all the time. I think I will give it a try.

  2. My husband would love this drink! I will definitely be making it this summer- thank you for sharing!

  3. Such a refreshing drink, I love the sound of combining lime and cherries! Now I am thinking of trying this over the weekend. Great for snack and meal drinks too.

  4. This does look very refreshing and made with such simple ingredients, I love your presentation of this drink with the mint garnish

  5. Okay, now this is a drink I can have all day in the summertime. Seriously! Not only that, but I am totally loving the color of it!

  6. 5 stars
    It sounds amazing! I love that you can make it easily. The flavor of the cherry and the lime definitely makes this drink yummy, love that you added the mint to make it even more refreshing. Perfect for the summer!

  7. 5 stars
    This looks perfect for the warmer months coming! I would like to make this for when we have people over, it would be a big hit for everyone, thanks for the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    What?! This is great! I am going to save to Pinterest to come back to. I love simple stuff that tastes delish. Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    We are Sonic fans and there are several mornings we stop by for the 99 cents large drink deal! Their cherry limeade is one of my faves so this recipe is right up my alley. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  10. 5 stars
    WOW – I see lots of recipes I like here. Your refreshing drink will be perfect for outdoor events at my house!

  11. This looks so easy to make and I know everybody would enjoy it in our family. What a great refreshing idea for the hot summers that are soon to come.

  12. 5 stars
    I need to make this for sure. We love the cherry limeade from Sonic. I’ll probably make this a lot over the summer! It’ll be so refreshing.

  13. We enjoy making different fruit drinks during the summer time. Your cherry limeade would be a perfect addition to our fruit drinks. Homemade always taste better.

  14. This sounds like a perfect recipe for summer entertaining. It sounds like it’s got some zip. I love how simple it is to make.

  15. This sounds so yummy! I’ve actually never made cherry limeade before, but as soon as it gets warmer here I’m going to give it a try!

  16. That sounds so delicious and refreshing. What a perfect summer drink. I can’t wait to make it when the weather finally warms up.

  17. 5 stars
    I’m a Sonic fanatic. Cherry and strawberry limeades are my favorite. I will definitely try this recipe. Maybe it will save me some money lol