Diet coke with ice and a straw is my number one, all time, top, take only it to a deserted island, favorite food. My favorite-favorite is Diet Cherry Coke (which you cannot find anywhere these days) followed closely by Diet Coke with a splash of Strawberry Crush. Given that information, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I am completely obsessed with the Strawberry Diet Cokes from Sonic Drive-In.
Whenever we drive within 50 miles of a Sonic I always drag my road trip buddies in for a large one.
Sadly (stupidly) there are no locations in NYC, so I’ve had to wait for my next fix.
I’m not very good at waiting though. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and come up with a copycat recipe to make at home. Please note – I’m using “recipe” pretty loosely here, these strawberries are not exactly complicated.
Strawberry Diet Coke, serves 4
- 16 oz fresh strawberries, cored and chopped
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
Place berries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 – 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved completely and the berries have started to weep. Remove from heat and let cool before storing* in a sealed container in the fridge. *Be sure you get the berries and the liquid, that syrup is where a lot of the flavor ends up.
Put ice and prepared strawberries in the bottom of your cup. Pour desired soda on top – you don’t have to use Diet Coke, I guess. Drink with a straw.
Yum! These turned out perfect. If I had crushed ice then they would be just as good as the original.
And you know I had to find a way to involve sweetened condensed milk. See below for a Berries and Cream variation. Even if you’re not a SCM addict, including the vanilla bean paste in the regular recipe would be a nice touch.
Recipe Variation – Strawberries and Cream Diet Coke
After berries have cooled, stir in 1 tsp vanilla bean paste. Once you’ve assembled your berries, ice, and soda, drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top.