Have you ever gotten a Sonic Drink Special during their daily Happy Hour? Sonic is America’s Drive-In fast food restaurant.
They serve up Happy Hour deals every day (Monday – Sunday) between 2 and 4 pm. We confirmed this information and updated in December of 2017.
We drive by a Sonic location several times each week. But it wasn’t until a few months ago that we discovered these half priced Happy Hour Deals (an online friend gave us a tip).
You’ll want to see these amazing deals!
If you’re looking for some awesome drink deals and some tasty snacks check out Sonic’s Happy Hour Deals.
Be sure to check out our video at the bottom of the page. We visited Sonic and shared many of the other deals they have.
Stopping by is easy if you think about it. You can score a half-price deal:
- on your way home from work
- in the midst of an errand run
- as you drive from one job site to another
- when you pick up the kids from school
Slushes, Limeades, Teas, and Sodas and $1 corn dogs are on sale every day of the week.
Here are the details on Sonic’s Happy Hour deals!
Real Fruit Slush Deal
You’ve got to try Sonic’s Real Fruit Slush.
During Happy Hour (between 2 and 4 pm) they’re only $1.50 (normally $3). And this is for an enormous Route 44 size slushy (i.e. 44-ounce monster cup).
Their recipe tastes like a smoothie, better than a standard slushy. We don’t know what they put in it, but it’s delicious.
If you went to Jamba Juice, a slushy of this quality would be in excess of $6. By comparison though, Jamba Juice’s recipe does use all natural fruit. And natural fruit juice with less sugar (120 grams versus 167 grams) than Sonic’s recipe.
Regardless, this is an awesome deal if you consider the size. Because it is 44 ounces, you could easily share it. It’s simple to pour it out into cups to share with your spouse, kids or a friend.
Sonic’s Real Fruit Slush flavors include:
According to Sonic’s website their Real Fruit Slush – Route 44 sized drink has 630 calories: 167 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fiber.
This is a huge amount of sugar, but for a once in a while, split between 2 or 3 people it makes for a refreshing and tasty pleasure in the middle of the day.
World Famous Limeade Deal
This has to be the deal of the century – at least for us.
We absolutely love Sonic’s Cherry Limeade. We love it so much that we’ve developed our own “copycat” recipe made with homegrown limes from our own Mexican Lime tree.
But during Sonics Happy Hour their 44-ounce (Route 44 sized) Limeade drinks are a real steal.
Sonic’s limeade drinks are normally priced at $2.59, but during happy hour you can have this huge drink for just $1.30. That’s less expensive than most convenience stores sell their standard 44-ounce soft drinks.
And for this price, we’re getting Sonic’s super delicious, proprietary Cherry Limeade – that we really love.
Of course 44 ounces of anything this sweet could spoil your appetite for dinner, but if you have kids, just pour this mammoth drink into smaller cups and you’ve got a treat for several of you to enjoy for just pennies.
Sonic’s website Nutritional info says that their Cherry Limeade– 44 ounce contains has 490 calories: 132 grams of sugar and no fiber.
This is a more moderate amount of sugar than their Real Fruit Slush drinks, but still could put you over the top with a sugar rush, so we recommend splitting between 2 or 3 people. Sip it slowly – the flavor is fantastic.
If you want to make Sonic’s Cherry Limeade at home watch this video.
Get a .pdf with ingredients and directions for Sonic’s Cherry Limeade here
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Sonic Happy Hour – 50 percent off deal also includes their limited selection of iced teas. Flavors include:
- Diet Green Iced Tea
- Sweet Green Iced Tea
- Sweet Iced Tea
- Unsweetened Iced Tea
If you’re going to Sonic for their Happy Hour deals you may want to know that their soft drinks are included in the 50 percent off deal. But with so many unique drink options on their menu, we’re not sure why anyone would want to choose this option.
But if you normally pick up a 44-ounce soda during the day, this half-priced deal might save you a little bit of money.
Their drink selection is the standard fare from Coca-Cola distributors and includes:
- Barq’s Root Beer
- Coke Zero
- Diet Coke
- Diet Dr. Pepper
- Dr. Pepper (our favorite)
- Fanta Orange
- Hi-C Fruit Punch
- Ocean Water
- Powerade Mountain Berry
- Sprite Zero
See All of Sonic’s Drinks Here
Shakes and Ice Cream Slushes
Unfortunately, Sonic’s shakes and other ice cream drinks are not included in the everyday happy hour promotion.
However, for the past few summers, they did run an additional special discount; after 8 pm all shakes were discounted. In addition to shakes, in 2017 the promotion included all of their Ice Cream Slushes which are a combination of the slush flavors listed below and of course, ice cream – sounds delicious.
Slush Flavors include:
- Blue Coconut
- Blue Raspberry
Sonics Shake Menu includes:
- Banana Cream Pie
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Fresh Banana
- Hot Fudge
- Oreo Cheesecake
- Oreo Chocolate
- Oreo Peanut Butter
- Peanut Butter
- Peanut Butter Fudge
- Strawberry Banana
- Strawberry Cheesecake
In addition to discounted drinks, they have Corn Dogs for just $1 every day between 2 pm and 4 pm.
They do offer other snack deal periodically.
But to learn about them you’ll need to become a loyalty member and download the Sonic App.
The Sonic App – Get a Free Drink
And if you download the Sonic Drive-In App from the App Store or Google Play (more than 1 million downloads) you’ll get notifications of other snacks and meal deals like discounted Mozzarella Sticks, Onion Rings or tots for 50 cents.
Get the Sonic app here:
When you create your account you’ll need to give them your zip code and of course, your email address.
Once you confirm your email address they’ll send you a coupon for a free slush through the app.
App Order and Pay
You can even order and pay for your order through the app – it’s super convenient when you’re in a hurry. You’ll need to either fund a Sonic gift card or register your debit or credit card through the app.
Once that’s done you’ll be able to order and pay online or use your phone to pay at the store of your choice.
Our Favorite Sonic Memory
Years ago we fell in love with Sonic when they ran a special summer deal. They announced that they were serving FREE root beer floats for one day only. We packed up all 5 kids and picked up Annette’s parents too.
We all really enjoyed the service at Sonic and especially their creamy root beer floats; they were out of this world!
About Sonic Drive-Ins
As of December 2017, there were 3602 Sonic Locations located in 35 states across the U.S. (see all Sonic Locations here). They serve more than 3 million customers every day.
In August of 2017 Sonic was rated #12 in QSR Magazine’s Top 50 limited-service restaurant brands in the U.S (see the QSR Report here).
QSR also ranked Sonic number 12 based on total sales revenues having amassed 4.5 billion in sales for 2016.
Their earnings put them ahead of KFC, Chipotle, Carls Jr/Hardees, Dairy Queen and Arby’s. You can read the full QSR Report here.
Sonic is known for its carhops who serve meals while on roller skates. Each year the company hosts a competition to crown the best skating carhop at Sonic.
You can watch a contestant for the top carhop at Sonic
Sonic is a unique and fun fast food chain that is growing in popularity across the country.
Steve describes deals found on the Sonic App, including $1.99 breakfast deal, discounts on shakes, corn dogs and of course the Sonic Happy Hour drink specials.
You can stay up to date on Sonic’s most current deals here.
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