Saturday, May 27, 2006

Recipe Saturday--Sonic in New York City!!!!

One thing I miss in NYC is Sonic. Boy, a Diet Cherry Limeade or Ocean Water would sure hit the spot right about now, especially since the beginning of summer Memorial Day is almost here! But we don't drive, and we don't have room for a Sonic. I see no reason why I can't do it myself, really. Neither did the chefs at Top Secret Recipes, which is all about duplicating restaurant recipes. I prefer diet sodas--too many years of dieting affected my taste, plus I think a full-sugar drink is just empty calories, which I'd rather "spend" elsewhere. So my versions are "dietized" with Splenda blend and Diet Sprite. This is basically the only thing I think Diet Sprite is good for.

Another note--I tend to buy and try things like organic, natural coconut extract and cherry juice at the health food store. They have their place in my kitchen; some weeks it's a place of honor. But as you may imagine, they are NOT part of Sonic's kitchens, and you're not gonna get anything like Sonic taste with those ingredients. Yes, I learned the hard way. Yes, I love to "doctor", perhaps a little too much. Get the toxic crap in the regular aisles at the regular store, just like TSR recommends, and enjoy it.

Yep, two recipes!

Diet Cherry Limeade

12 ounces Diet Sprite (one can)
3 lime wedges (about 3/8 of a lime total, but I always end up with about half the lime.)
1/4 cup cherry juice (TSR recommends Libby's Juicy Juice. It works.)

1. Fill a 16-ounce glass two-thirds full with ice
2. Pour Diet Sprite over the ice
3. Add the juice of the lime wedges; drop them into the drink.
4. Add the cherry juice and serve with a straw.

Makes one 16-ounce (medium) drink.

Lilo's Diet Ocean Water

3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons Splenda blend. (TSM says sugar.)
1 teaspoon imitation coconut extract
3 drops blue food coloring. (TSM says two. I abuse blue food coloring.)
2 12-ounce cans cold Diet Sprite

1. Combine water and Splenda blend in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve.
2. Add coconut extract and food coloring to the syrup. Stir well.
3. Combine blue syrup with Diet Sprite. Divide and pour over ice. Add straws and serve.

Makes two 12-ounceish servings.


BostonPobble said...

OMG. I ADORE Sonic Cherry Limeade and have missed it. You are a goddess, you know this, right?

Jon-Marc said...


I was going to use the word "adore" as well.

Growing up in Texas, I would go to Sonic at least twice a week.

Sonic rocks. I wish they still rolled out on roller-skates but I have not seen that since I was a kid.

Keep well and keep happy,


Jaded&Opinionated said...

We don't have any Sonics in my area, and I've never been to one. I do drool over the commercials for stuff like the cool drinks. Thanks for sharing these...I am definitely gonna make them! They sound fantastic!

Peterson Toscano said...

wow, Sonic, when I lived in Memphis and still ate meat and dairy, I loved me some Sonic!

Anonymous said...

Sonic commercials play here even though we don't have any of them! The cherry limeade sounds wonderful...we'll have to try it around here! MWAH!

Anonymous said...

Try the Diet Cherry Limeade with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. It was great.

sttropezbutler said...

Tis the only drive in I know of in Houston...perhaps in TX.

Sonic....what a great brand.


LeLo in NoPo said...

I've never been to one, but these sound tasty. Lots of fresh lime: yum yum.

EL said...

The only thing about Lamar, CO is their Sonic's sensational tater tots.