Lime Rickie

I happen to love, love the cherry limeades at Sonic. (Can anyone else give me a big amen on that??) So when I saw a recipe for this raspberry lime rickey, I knew I had to try it.

Talk about a fantastic and refreshing summer beverage. Mmmm, I could drink this all day, all summer long.

The raspberry flavor is bold with a strong sidekick of lime. It is the perfect balance – and throw that combo together with fizzy club soda and I’m in heaven.

Plus, I love that the ingredients are pure and relatively unprocessed (read: no high fructose corn syrup here!). The method revolves around making a raspberry lime syrup and adding a couple tablespoons to club soda complete with a handful of ice cubes.

The syrup makes quite a bit and keeps well in the fridge – which means I can enjoy it for a few days until I slurp it all up.

The only change I made was to add more of the raspberry lime syrup to each glass. I wanted less club soda taste and more raspberry lime goodness. A perfect beverage for a summer BBQ…or just because.

Raspberry Lime Rickey

Raspberry Lime Rickey


  • 12 oz. package frozen raspberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons grated zest and 1/2 cup juice from 4 limes (It took 4 limes to get the 1/2 cup juice but I only used the zest from 3 limes – it was plenty)
  • Club soda, chilled
  • Ice


  1. Heat raspberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium heat until the raspberries begin to release their juices, about five minutes. Mash the berries with a potato masher until the berries break down, then stir in the lime zest and juice. Simmer until the mixture is slightly thickened, about five minutes.
  2. Pour the raspberry mixture through a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl, pressing on solids to extract the liquid. This works best done in batches so the seeds don’t clog up the bottom of the mesh strainer. You should end up with about 2 1/2 cups syrup. Discard the berry solids. Refrigerate the syrup until completely cool, at least 30 minutes or up to 1 week. To serve, combine 3/4 cup club soda and 3 tablespoons syrup in tall, ice-filled glasses.

Recipe Source: adapted from Cook’s Country

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  3. Anne says:

    I( used to work at sonics they used sprite in all there drinks this does sound good thow

  4. Deb says:

    I made this for my son’s birthday party and it was a big hit. I served it in pitchers with the syrup and soda already mixed and just added ice to keep it chilled along the way. I liked how you could control the level of sweetness and the I also liked the tart background the lime added. Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. Mel says:

    Hi Amy! Thanks for the sweet comment. I just got a beverage dispenser, too, and I know what you mean about wanting to use it. I’m waiting for the perfect opportunity (somehow after-school snack time doesn’t seem like the time to pull it out). In answer to your question, yes, I definitely think you could combine this all together. The only thing I’d suggest is to give it a stir every once in a while so that the raspberry syrup doesn’t settle at the bottom of the pitcher but otherwise, I think it would work great!

  6. Amy Weaver says:

    First off, let me say that your little daughter is just so precious! You are an amazing mom- I love your blog- food and personal!
    I do have a question about this recipe. I am hosting our monthly cooking club this week so that means I am in charge of the drink. I tried the Citrus Water Punch but think it is not quite “fancy” enough for these ladies. This recipe looks really good, but would it work okay to combine it all in a beverage dispenser? I just got one for Christmas and kind of want to use it!)

  7. Bridget says:

    I made this delicious-looking drink for my husband’s birthday. Maybe I’m just not a big club soda fan, but it tasted a little too bitter to me. I starting adding 3 tablespoons of the raspberry syrup per drink, and it was better in my opinion.

  8. Stacie D. says:

    I doubled this recipe yesterday for a large Memorial Day BBQ. It was a hit, and so refreshing in the heat! I only wish I would have made more. Thanks, Mel!

  9. Diana Shrome says:

    I just found your site..LOVE it..made your skillet mac & cheese the other night, it was FANTASTIC!! This drink looks super yummy. we don’t have Sonic here, which stinks..but I am trying this, may even add some vodka to make a nice cocktail for a twist :o)

    • Mel says:

      Thanks, Diana! I have major sympathy for you in the land of no Sonic but this drink comes pretty close. Hope you like it if you try it!

  10. Anissa says:

    Mel – He had help… my sister came over and oversaw all the cooking. πŸ™‚ He was the hired help, but at least was still willing to take it on with her! Thank goodness for wonderful sisters.

  11. Anissa says:

    Hi Mel,
    I just had a meal almost exclusively made up of recipes from your site. We did my Mother’s Day celebration a week late, so this was my special night to have the hubby create me what I wanted. We had this delicious punch, your Chicken Tikka Masala (sp?), the Naan bread and the frosting from your carrot cake, the whipped cream cheese one. Every single thing was PERFECTLY DELICIOUS. That Naan bread was amazing, and so simple! And the Masala is going to be a new staple dish here in our house. Your blog is always spot on. Thanks for the wonderful meal! πŸ™‚

    • Mel says:

      Anissa – thanks for the report on your belated Mother’s Day celebration. I’m impressed with your husband being willing to take on a big meal like this and I am ecstatic that everything was so delicious! Thank you so much for checking in to let me know.

  12. Jen says:

    Hi Mel!
    I just discovered your super awesome site the other day and you should see my grocery list – it’s getting to be as long as my arm what with all the ingredients I need to make all your wonderful recipes. We’ll be eating pizza tonight and chicken and pasta salad tomorrow and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Raspberry Lime Rickey sounds delish too since my husband and I are both huge fans of Sonic’s Cherry Limeades πŸ™‚

    • Mel says:

      Jen – welcome to My Kitchen Cafe! I’m glad that you have found some recipes you want to try. You’ll have to check back in if you have time and let me know how you liked them!

  13. Mandy says:

    My husband and I used to make pilgrimages to the nearest Sonic over an hour away for theses babies. Now we can make them at home! Although we just moved next to one. But I will still make these πŸ™‚

  14. Melanie says:

    Hi Nanci – I’ve never used splenda in this so sorry I can’t tell how it will work out! Let me know if you try it that way.

  15. Nanci & Steve says:

    Just a quick question, have you ever tried this with splenda to make the syrup sugar free? My mother in law loves these drinks, but can’t have sugar.

  16. Margaret says:

    sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to try it!

  17. Norah says:

    Glad you liked this as much as I did! I’m still working my way through more recipes from that magazine.

  18. Lynda says:

    That looks so refreshing and addictive! A delicious, healthy choice for a summer beverage, that I’ll have to try! My family will love this!

  19. Sook says:

    I LOVE Sonic drinks! They are the best! Last summer when I was pregnant with my boy, I used to crave Sonic drinks everyday – not a good idea by the way. Those drinks give you a few permanent extra pounds… πŸ™‚ But this recipe sounds so good. Thanks for sharing!! You’re such an inspiration to me. πŸ™‚

  20. AnniKae says:

    I’m in love with your recipe blog. My friend, Hayley
    sent me your way. I had to add you to my link of favorite recipe blogs.
    If you get a minute…feel free to stop by my blog and enter to win an Anni Kae Apron.

  21. rickandangie says:

    Oooohh Yummy! I can see it now. All the boys (yours and mine) playing in the yard, the warm sun shining, laughter filling the air, while you and I (and whomever else joins us) are sitting on the lawn chairs sipping this yummy, refreshing drink, and have not a care in the world! (oh yeah… that is, until we hear the screams of a child that fell, scraped their knee and is freaking out at the sight of the blood. It was nice while it lasted, though) ha-ha

  22. Loralee and the gang... says:

    Looks yummy! I am definitely going to have to try it this summer.

    Hey, and I thought of you while I was making the apron for my little Giveaway that I’m doing. I’ll be doing the drawing at 5 pm on Monday.
    Hope you’ll stop by and enter to win!


  23. Allison says:

    Amen πŸ™‚ that is a must-try!

  24. Kristy says:

    I love Lime Rickey’s and I love Cherry Limeades at Sonic. Such a treat! I’m excited to try this and even more excited that it isn’t made with Sprite, but club soda. THanks!

  25. April J. says:

    I am planning a girls weekend and I am making this to go with our awesome dinner! I can’t wait!

  26. Ginger says:

    My son would love it if I made this for him. Sonic is his hangout and he is always talking about this Limeade drink he loves!! Wait till I whip this out for him!! Thanks for sharing.

  27. rookie cookie says:

    This will be the beverage at my little sister’s baby shower in June. Can’t wait.

    How much syrup would you say this makes?

  28. grace says:

    here’s your AMEN! [although i do prefer the strawberry limeade… :)] what a fabulous summer beverage. speaking of which, is summer here yet? πŸ™‚

  29. teresa says:

    This looks perfect for summer, and so pretty!

  30. Amy and David Ziehl says:

    Oooo! Yummy!

  31. Abby says:

    I never get the drinks at Sonic, but I do admit to liking their burgers. Gotta try a limeade, then make me own and compare!

  32. Melanie says:

    Thanks, Geri. I wondered if anyone would notice. πŸ™‚

  33. wosnes says:

    Last year I made homemade ginger ale and rhubarb soda. Both were excellent. This year I’ll try Raspberry Lime Rickeys.

  34. Bunny says:

    This sounds so good!! We’re having a picnic bbq next weekend this would be perfect!

  35. Melanie says:

    SFJ – glad you liked the mini meatloaves! Thanks for letting me know.

  36. PheMom says:

    It feels like forever since I’ve made it over here (or anywhere for that matter) and you’ve posted so many more yummy things! My hubs LOVES lime and cherry together so I’ll bet he would love this! I have been obsessed with making strawberry lemonade lately and know what you mean. Especially with all the cloudy weather we’ve been having it seems like drinks like these just make it feel more like summer is finally here!

  37. SFJ says:

    This looks very tasty. Something I will have to try very soon. Also I made your mini glazed meatloaf and they were fantastic. Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes.

  38. Geri says:

    I love the new look of your blog!

  39. Anonymous says:

    That looks GREAT for a summertime drink πŸ™‚

  40. Leigh Anne says:

    This is my son’s favorite drink at Sonic – when he returns from Europe at the end of the month I will definitely need to make him some!!

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