Sonic Secret Menu: The Drive-In Menu That’ll Change Your Life

August 7, 2017 by Kyle

(Updated 10/01/19) My wife turned me onto Sonic Drive-In a few years ago as she absolutely loves their drinks, especially their slushes. In particular, she’s a big fan of their Happy Hour where from 2-4 pm all drinks are 50% off. So it just made sense that I add the Sonic secret menu to my ever growing list. I think you’ll find the secret menu at Sonic to be socked full of fun new drinks, burgers, and treats. Hopefully you’ll find your favorite item from the secret menu below and order it the next time you pull your car in.

Sonic Secret Menu: The Drive-In Menu That'll Change Your Life

The Sonic Secret Menu:

Dr. Pepper Orgasm

A very strange name to a popular Sonic secret menu drink.

The Dr. Pepper Orgasm consists of Dr. Pepper (obviously), lemonade, and Powerade.

The color won’t be pretty but the taste will be divine.

Extreme Tots

Who doesn’t love the tots at Sonic Drive-In? Bueller. Bueller.

Take it up a notch and try the “Extreme Tots” from the secret menu and get tots topped with chili, cheese, jalapenos, onions, and some ranch dressing for good measure.

Anyone have any Pepto-Bismol?

See Also: Sonic Happy Hour Info & Best Values

Frito Pie

As the name implies, Frito Pie is Frito chips topped with chili and melted cheddar cheese.

Makes for a tasty alternative to standard nachos I suppose. The salt and Fritos crunch make for a party in your mouth.

Note: Not all Sonic locations have Fritos on hand.

Grilled Ham & Cheese

If you ever get tired of a plain ol’ grilled cheese sandwich, try ordering it with yummy sliced ham added.

I make the “Grilled Ham & Cheese” at home all the time with sliced fresh tomatoes and now I can do it at my local Sonic too. Winning.

Hickory Burger

This one is pretty simple as it’s just a regular burger but with Hickory Smoked BBQ sauce instead of your standard condiments.

If you’re a big fan of the Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger, have Sonic throw on some onion rings as well.

Pickle O’s

I’m the dude who’ll eat just about anything if it’s fried.

So when I heard about deep-fried sliced pickles at Sonic I was intrigued.

Most Sonic enthusiasts call them “Pickle O’s”.

But if the Sonic employee gives you a blank stare when you order them, just tell them to deep fry some pickles in their yummy batter.

Most will happily oblige if the batter is still available for frying.

Pink Flamingo

The Pink Flamingo is a drink that has become quite popular in recent years.

Order it and you’ll get a Sprite with the following added: pineapple, orange, and some cherry juice.

Pink Lady

Sticking with the pink theme, order a Pink Lady and you’ll essentially get a Sprite with cherry juice and vanilla cream added.

This drink was on the regular menu at Sonic so many employees are still versed in how to make this tasty concoction.

Purple Sprite Attack

Order a “Purple Sprite” and get a Sprite with some Powerade, cranberry juice, and lemonade added.

It’s a highly refreshing drink on a hot summer day…trust me on that one as I order it all the time.

Ring Leader Loaded Burger

Perhaps the Sonic secret menu item with the most flavor, this burger is loaded with yummy goodness.

Order the “Ring Leader” and you’ll get a burger topped with onion rings, grilled onions, and of course BACON.

Have the defibrillator at the ready.

Sonic Sunrise

The Sonic Sunrise is kind of like a Tequila Sunrise without the tequila.

It consists of a Cherry Limeade with some orange juice added which gives the drink a “Sunrise” effect.

Sunshine Smoothie

Order this secret menu item and score a yummy smoothie made with strawberry, banana, OJ, and frozen yogurt.

The Sunshine Smoothie use to be on the regular menu so many Sonic employees still know how to whip one up in a jiffy.

Vanilla Cream Dr. Pepper

This really yummy drink tastes like a Dr. Pepper float but with no ice cream added.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever been brave enough to order something from the Sonic secret menu? How did it go and more importantly, how did it taste?

By Kyle James

Photo credit to Michael Coté.


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Megan Merritt
Megan Merritt

My mom worked at sonic in Oklahoma back when they still had pickle o’s and Pink ladies, so it’s stuff we order ALL the time. I’m drinking a pink lady as we speak.

Make sure you ask for REAL cream or it’s just gonna be all sorts of wrong.

I think i might try the sonic sunrise next time!


The kids working at the Sonic on Maynardville Hwy in Knoxville, REFUSE to make drinks that are not on the menus. If you ask for something not already listed, you will not get it. They will tell you “We don’t know what that is”. They also DO NOT offer the many flavors of available drinks now – like the other Sonic Drive In’s do.

Morgan J.
Morgan J.

Technically they don’t have to make anything that’s not on the menu. I work at a Sonic & most of the time they try to order something off the secret menu & we either don’t know what it is or don’t have the ingredients to actually make it. Plus you have to ask for a flavor(s), we don’t usually ask if you want one. Some places might but most don’t.


dude you’re a dick 😂

sonic worker
sonic worker

if they don’t know by name, tell them the ingredients needed to make it and they probably can if they have said ingredients. we make pink ladies all the time, just ask for cherry vanilla cream sprite. we make extreme tots all the time, just ask for chili cheese tots with jalapenos, ranch and onions. if its not on the menu, don’t expect people to know how to make it unless you describe it to them.


I don’t have a name for it, but I love ordering their popcorn chicken with chili and cheese. It’s even better dipped in ranch.


Extreme popcorn chicken


I work at Sonic and know most of these, but a few are new to me. The Sonic Sunrise is actually known as a Cherry Lime Mimosa now.


As a sonic employee, some of the stuff you have on here such as smoothies, pickle os and grilled cheese with ham are local itemz and there for not offered nation wide. I have been with my local sonic 5 years and have never seen picklos on our menu. Nor have we had ham or smoothies.


The smoothie is not made the way this forum lists it. There was never frozen yogurt in it. It was a menu item years ago that is basically a strawberry, banana, orange juice cream slush. It’s really good but no one really orders them anymore.

Bennett Conn
Bennett Conn

Sonic in Easley, South Carolina does NOT honor the Secret Menu!


I tried to order purple sprite attack and they gave me a grape sprite lol


Tip, dont ask by name. Instead if ordering purple o ask for sprite with cranberry, lemonade, vanilla.. And so on.. As alot of the sonic workers are newer younger kids. They arent trained in knowing the drinks.. So if you are for a pink lady just be ready to tell them what is in it or just simply order it by flavoring.. Cause you can get whatever drink with whatever flavoring and as many flavors as you want.. I used to make my own drink its half lemonade/ Powerade ( hulk) or sweet tea with caramel.. Or sweet tea with strawberry & pineapples.. You can come up with some many different drinks!!