Sonic Strawberry Lemonade

Sonic Strawberry Lemonade is a favorite drink of so many people. Guess what? You can make this Sonic drink at home with this easy copycat recipe.

homemade Sonic Strawberry Lemonade in two glasses.

Sonic is Known for Its Drinks

Did you know that Sonic has over 168,00 drink combinations? Sonic has so many flavors of sodas, slushes, flavor add-ins, and more.

So you could literally go to Sonic every day once a day for over 400 years and still have not tried each one of these drinks. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

When you make your favorite drink at home, you don’t have to be worried that your favorite happy hour flavor will be on the menu only available for a limited time. With a copycat recipe, all of your flavors are available all of the time.

Lemonade with Homemade Strawberry Syrup

I personally love homemade lemonade. What can make a lemonade better? Strawberry syrup.

I can show you how to make a delicious strawberry syrup with real fresh strawberries. The homemade strawberry syrup has no artificial colors.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Strawberries (we use fresh real strawberries)
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Lemonade
  • Ice

If you don’t want to use sugar, you could experiment with another type of sweetener.

Sonic strawberry lemonade ingredients.

How to Make Sonic Strawberry Lemonade At Home

My strawberry lemonade taste’s just like the one from Sonic. Here’s how I make it. And, of course, you can print out the recipe from the printable card at the bottom of this post.

Homemade Strawberry Syrup with Fresh Strawberries

My fresh strawberry syrup is made very simply. Here are the recipe steps:

  1. Strawberries are washed, hulled, quartered, and then simmered in hot water.
  2. The solids are removed from the beautifully flavored water.
  3. The strawberry-infused water is then sweetened with sugar.

Be sure to store the strawberry syrup in the refrigerator, it will last for about 10 days.

Homemade strawberry soda syrup can be used to make a Sonic Strawberry Limeade, spruce up a Mimosa, or simply added into Champagne.

photo collage of steps to make strawberry syrup.

Add Strawberry Syrup to Lemonade

After you have your syrup, here are the steps to make strawberry lemonade:

  1. Put some strawberry syrup in a glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Add lemonade.
  4. Stir and then enjoy this refreshing drink.
photo collage of steps to make Sonic Strawberry Lemonade.

Yum! This is a perfect summer drink and the combination can’t be beaten!

As you can see it’s really easy to make a wonderfully flavored strawberry syrup with natural ingredients, and the possibilities are unlimited. I hope you enjoy this Sonic Strawberry Lemonade.

How to Make Sonic Strawberry Lemonade Keto

My recipe has sugar in it, and so does the original drink from Sonic. But if you are going to make it at home, there is a way to make a low-carb version.

You’ll need a sugar-free lemonade as the base. Then, as you are making your strawberry syrup, use erythritol or monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar. That’s it. Easy!

two glasses of homemade Sonic strawberry lemonade, a strawberry, and lemons.

What kind of strawberries does Sonic use?

You know when you drink the strawberry lemonade or limeade and the strawberries are so mushy you can almost drink them through the straw

This is probably because they create their own syrup and keep some smashed strawberries in the syrup with it.

I discarded the strawberries after making my syrup. But you can keep them in there if you want.

Does Sonic add sugar to their strawberries?

I’m not sure if they add sugar to the strawberries, but to make a strawberry syrup you need some sort of sugar. So I’m confident in guessing that they add sugar to them, yes.

two glasses of homemade Sonic strawberry lemonade, fresh strawberries and lemons.

I hope you give this drink a try! if you want to turn this into a slush simply blend everything in a blender, and add more ice. This is a family favorite at my house, and I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

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homemade Sonic Strawberry Lemonade in two glasses.

Sonic Strawberry Lemonade

You can make Sonic Strawberry Lemonade at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sonic Strawberry Lemonade
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 35kcal


Strawberry Syrup

  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 32 ounces water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Drink Recipe

  • 1/4 cup strawberry syrup
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 strawberry for garnish


Strawberry Syrup

  • Wash and hull your strawberries.
  • Cut strawberries into quarters. Place strawberries into a pot and add 32 ounces of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Strain liquid, discard the strawberries.
  • Add sugar, and cook for 5 additional minutes. Skim off any impurities on the top of the syrup.
  • Pour into a container, and allow to cool. Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Strawberry Lemonade Drink

  • Place 1/4 cup strawberry syrup in a glass. Add ice and 1 cup of your favorite lemonade.
  • Garnish with a strawberry if desired.



Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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