It’s probably been 10 years now, if not more, that I began to notice the TV ads for Sonic Drive-Ins. I don’t know what it was about the ads, but every time I saw one, I immediately wanted to go to Sonic. One small hiccup though – we had no Sonics in our area. Those ads became so infuriating, just taunting me, enticing me with all those Sonic goodies that were nowhere to be had.
Fast forward a few years, and an Internet search by my daughter revealed that a Sonic had opened in our area. And by area, I mean about 45 minutes away. I was over the moon! A road trip was immediately planned, to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which would include a side trip to the Sonic on the way. And so, one beautiful sunny summer day, we started out, heady with excitement, not knowing what to expect, but finally, after years of wanting, I was going to Sonic!
I was not disappointed. From the roller skating carhops, to the pristine parking lot with the drive-up carports, to the expansive menu, Sonic was all I could ask for in a fast food restaurant, and then some. I don’t really remember what I ordered that day except for two things: the tots…..yum!…..and the cherry limeade. The delicious, refreshing, citrusy-sweet cherry limeade with the cute little maraschino cherry hanging off the edge, held safely in place by the lid to the cup. This is what I had come for!
We still don’t have a Sonic close by, which is probably a good thing, but to this day, I’ve come to associate that certain type of summer day with cherry limeade. And it just so happens this beautiful 1st day of June is just that kind of day. Which started me thinking about cherry limeades…and cherries…and kirsch…..and cupcakes! You can see how my mind works there…
So here they are, “Sonic” Cherry Limeade cupcakes, super easy, super-fruity, super light, a perfect way to kick off your summer!
Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
1 box white cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
3/4 cup of Sprite soda
1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice (strained from jar of maraschino cherries)
1/4 cup Kirsch
1/3 cup oil
3 egg whites
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl, mixing at low speed until combined, and then at medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping down sides as needed. Fill cupcake tins about 2/3 full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely before frosting.
Lime Buttercream Frosting
1 1/2 sticks of butter, room temperature
4-5 cups of confectioners sugar
juice from one lime
1 tablespoon milk
green food coloring
pinch of salt
Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add 4 cups of sugar, lime juice, salt and milk, mixing at low speed until combined, then at high speed until light and fluffy, adding additional sugar if necessary until desired consistency is reached. Add a drop or two of green food coloring and blend in. Frost as desired and top each cupcake with a maraschino cherry.