For more than 40 years, Sonic has worked to build its dominant position in the drive-in restaurant business and create a franchise system that offers extraordinary entrepreneurial opportunities in the quick-service restaurant industry. Sonic Drive-Ins offer made-to-order sandwiches and feature signature items such as Extra-Long Cheese Coneys, hand-battered onion rings, tater tots, and a variety of Frozen and Fountain Favorites, including cherry limeades, slushes, and a complete soft-serve dessert menu. At a typical Sonic Drive-In, the customer drives into one of 24 to 36 covered parking spaces and orders made-to-order food through an intercom speaker system. The customer's order is delivered by a carhop usually within four minutes. For a number of years, Sonic has consistently maintained strong real sales growth and industry-leading customer frequency.

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Onion Rings


ONION RINGS
Sonic Drive In Copycat Recipe 

2 vidalia onions
2 cups flour
2 cups white cornmeal
4 cups Crisco cooking oil (or enough for your personal fryer)
2 quarts ice water, divided

Slice onions 1/2 inch thick. Place rings into bowl of ice water. Take out rings one at a time and coat with flour. Gently dip ring into 2nd bowl of ice water, and then coat with corn meal. Drop into hot oil and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Watermelon Limeade



WATERMELON LIMEADE

Makes 1 quart

flesh of a 5 pound watermelon, cubed, seeds removed
1/4 cup lime juice, from 3 to 4 limes
2 tablespoons agave nectar

In two batches, pulse the watermelon cubes in a blender just until it looks like a chunky sauce, about 10 to 12 short pulses. Transfer pulp to a colander lined with cheesecloth set over a large pot, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid has dripped through. Transfer 3 1/2 cups of liquid to a large pitcher and reserve remainder for another use.

Add lime juice and agave nectar to pitcher and stir to combine. Refrigerate until completely cool. Serve in ice filled glasses, garnished with lime zest or rings if desired.

New Slush Flavors

Sonic Corp. is adding new slush flavors to its discounted happy hour lineup as it prepares for the summer season.

Oklahoma City-based Sonic debuted this week 28 different slush options made with real fruit and nostalgic candies, such as Nerds and Jolly Ranchers. For a limited time, Sonic is offering the slushes at half price during its happy hour promotion, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sonic is also touting add ons such as ice cream, so customers can customize their slush orders.

Splash Hand Crafted Sodas


Sonic Drive-In has expanded its already extensive beverage menu with the introduction of lower calorie, less sweet sodas.

The new Splash Hand Crafted Sodas were introduced systemwide Monday in five flavors:


  • Peach
  • Raspberry
  • Blackberry-Pineapple
  • Sunshine Berry (strawberries, peach and lemon)
  • Hawaiian Wave (mango, pineapple and lime)


The drinks are made by adding flavorings that Sonic already carries to carbonated water, and have between zero and 50 calories per 8 ounce serving. The Sunshine Berry and Hawaiian Wave flavors also contain pieces of strawberry and pineapple, respectively.

New Menu Items at Sonic Drive In


Sonic Drive In New Items:

  • Wildberry & Lavender Creamery Shake: Ice cream spun with blackberries, strawberries and lavender topped with whipped cream and a cherry
  • Bourbon Brown Sugar Creamery Shake: Ice cream spun with oak-barrel aged bourbon flavoring topped with whipped cream and a cherry
  • Buttered Toffee Creamery Shake: Ice cream spun with caramelized sugar and browned butterscotch flavoring topped with whipped cream and a cherry
  • Dulce de Leche Creamery Shake: Ice cream made with sweetened condensed milk and spun into a milkshake and topped with whipped cream and a cherry
  • Vanilla Bean Creamery Shake: Vanilla ice cream spun into a milkshake and topped with whipped cream and a cherry
  • Dark Chocolate Creamery Shake (pictured): Ice cream made and dark chocolate syrup spun into a milkshake topped with whipped cream and a cherry

Availability: Permanent

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Sonic Drive-In New Item: 

  • Seasoned Jumbo Popcorn Chicken: Marinated chicken breast pieces covered in extra crispy coating and tossed with one of three flavors: Sriracha, garlic Parmesan or honey barbecue, available at a 50 cent upcharge from regular Jumbo Popcorn Chicken, price of which varies by location

Availability: Through Feb. 28, 2016


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Sonic Drive-In New Item: 

  • Ultimate Chicken Sandwich, breaded and fried chicken breast with mayonnaise and choice of crinkle-cut pickles or lettuce and tomato, $5.99.

Availability: Through December 2015


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Sonic Drive In New Items:

  • Croissant Dog: A hot dog served in a croissant bun, with a choice of spicy or regular mustard
  • Bacon Double Cheddar Croissant Dog: A Croissant Dog topped with bacon and cheese
Availability: Until Aug. 23, 2015

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Sonic Drive In New Item: 

  • Spicy Super Crunch Chicken Strips, fried chicken breast strips spiced with cayenne pepper marinade, coated in breading flavored with spicy red pepper, garlic and onion, $3.39 for three pieces, $4.99 for five pieces.
Availability: An unspecified limited time

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Sonic Drive-In New Items:

  • French Toaster (pictured): Choice of sausage or bacon with scrambled eggs and cheese between two slices of French toast, average $3.99 
  • Lil’ Doggies: Miniature hot dogs available with choice of chili and cheese, ketchup and mustard or chili, spicy cheese sauce and jalapeƱos, starting at $1.29
  • Lil’ Chickies: Miniature chicken rolls available with choice of pickles and mayonnaise, hickory barbecue sauce and pickles or Buffalo sauce, starting at $1.29
Availability: An unspecified limited time

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Sonic Drive-In New Item: 

  • Boneless Chicken Wings, white meat chicken, breaded, fried and coated in choice of Buffalo, Asian sweet chile or barbecue sauces, six for $3.99, 12 for $7.79, 24 for $14.99.

Availability: Through the end of November, 2014

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Sonic Drive In New Items

  • Cheesy Pub Chicken Sandwich (pictured): Grilled or fried chicken breast topped with Cheddar cheese sauce, sliced white Cheddar cheese, caramelized onion sauce, lettuce and tomato on a whole grain ciabatta bun, average $4.59. Also available with a beef patty at an average price of $3.99.

Availability: Through Sept. 28, 2014

  • Waffle Cone Sundaes: Ice cream in waffle cones with a choice of customizable toppings including Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate, Snickers Bar and caramel, and M&M’s candies and strawberry, priced at an average price of $2.89

Availability: Permanent

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Sonic Drive In New Items:

  • Honey Mustard & Swiss Chicken Sandwich, with grilled or fried chicken breast on whole grain ciabatta, lettuce, tomato, honey mustard sauce and Swiss cheese
  • Asiago Caesar Chicken Club Sandwich, with the same chicken, lettuce, tomato and bread, plus Asiago cheese, bacon and Caesar dressing
  • Sweet Potato Tots


Availability: Through the end of April, 2014

Chili Cheese Wrap



CHILI CHEESE WRAP
Sonic Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1 (19 oz.) can mild plain chili, heated
3 cups Fritos corn chips
1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4-1/2 cup onion, diced, to taste
4 large burrito size flour tortillas

Mix Fritos with chili, place 1/4 of chili mixture in the middle of the flour burrito shell. Sprinkle chili with 1/4 cup shredded cheese and diced onions to taste. Fold one side of shell halfway on top of chili. Fold each side over each other. The bottom should be tucked in and filling will be seen from the top of wrapped shell. Heat in the microwave 15- 20 seconds.

House Burger

HOUSE BURGER
Sonic Copycat Recipe

Serves 1

1/4 lb ground beef
1 large plain white hamburger bun
melted butter
salt
ground black pepper
2 teaspoons mayonnaise
3 hamburger pickle slices
1 tablespoon chopped white onion
1/3 cup chopped lettuce
2 slices tomatoes

Shape the ground beef into a thin circle the same diameter as the bun. Cover the patty with wax paper and freeze it. When you're ready to prepare the burger, preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray some butter spray or spread a thin layer of melted butter on the faces of the top and bottom bun. Lightly brown the faces of the bun in the skillet, then remove them and set them aside. Grill the beef patty in the skillet, and lightly sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Cook the beef for 3 to 4 minutes per side until done.

As the patty cooks, build the burger by first spreading the mayonnaise over the browned face of the bottom bun. Arrange the pickle slices on the mayonnaise. Sprinkle the chopped onion over the pickles. Arrange the lettuce on the sandwich next. Stack the tomato slices on the lettuce. When the beef is ready, stack it on top of the other condiments, and top off the sandwich with the top bun. If you'd like the sandwich hotter, microwave it on high for 10 to 15 seconds.

Jalapeno Burger



JALAPENO BURGER
Sonic Copycat Recipe

Serves 1

1/4 lb ground beef
1 large plain white hamburger bun
melted butter
salt
ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
6 -10 canned jalapeno slices
1/3 cup chopped lettuce

Shape the ground beef into a thin circle the same diameter as the bun. Cover the patty with wax paper and freeze it. When you're ready to prepare the burger, preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray some butter spray or spread a thin layer of melted butter on the faces of the top and bottom bun. Lightly brown the faces of the bun in the skillet, then remove them and set them aside.

Grill the beef patty in the skillet, and lightly sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Cook the beef for 3 to 4 minutes per side until done. As the patty cooks, build the burger by first spreading the mustard over the face of the bottom bun. Arrange the jalapeno slices on the mustard. Arrange the lettuce on the sandwich next. When the beef is ready, stack it on top of the other condiments, and top off the sandwich with the top bun. If you'd like the sandwich hotter, microwave it on high for 10 to 15 seconds.

Coconut Cream Pie Shakes



COCONUT CREAM PIE SHAKES
Sonic Drive In Copycat Recipe

2 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cream of coconut
2 tablespoons graham cracker
garnish with whipped cream and graham cracker

Blend vanilla ice cream, milk and cream of coconut until smooth. Add in the graham cracker and blend. Garnish with whipped cream and graham crackers.

Peanut Butter Milk Shakes



PEANUT BUTTER SHAKES
Sonic Drive In Copycat Recipe

2 1/4 cups vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Combine ingredients in the blender until smooth. Garnish with whipped cream.

Notes:  Sonic has created other peanut butter milk shakes which you can make at home by mixing in chunks of your favorite flavors after blending such as cooked bacon, banana, milk chocolate, oreo cookies or fudge brownies.