Copycat Arctic Circle Lime Rickey

So apparently, Arctic Circle is mostly a Utah thing with the exception of some locations in various western states, but when I was a kid Arctic Circle was the BEST and lime rickey's were BOMB.

Last weekend, Jordan and I were headed to a BBQ and our assignment was chips and drinks. {More on the chips later.} I wanted to do something different than bring the standard 2 liters of pop so I decided to whip up my own version of  a lime rickey.
I knew I needed Sprite, limes, some ice and grape syrup. The first three ingredients were obviously easy to find, but I didn't know where to buy the grape syrup/didn't want to spend too much on it.

So then good old Google came to the rescue and I found a recipe to make my very own snow cone syrup. Guys, there is a recipe for EVERYTHING out there. Seriously. 
 And I made myself a batch.
Oh the possibilties.
So here it is kids. A good old fashioned lime rickey that is equally as refreshing as Arctic Circle's in the comfort of your own home.

Copycat Arctic Circle Lime Rickey
Sprite or any lemon-lime pop
fresh lime wedges
grape snow cone syrup

Grape Snow Cone Syrup
Source: AllRecipes
2 cups white sugar
1 cup water
1 (0.14 oz.) package Grape flavored drink mix (such as grape Kool-Aid)

In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Bring to a boil and boil for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the drink mix. Allow to cool and store in a container for pouring. 

Once the syrup has cooled, fill a glass with Sprite and add as much ice as desired. Pour 1-2 Tbsp. of grape syrup into the glass. Add more or less, depending on how much grape flavor you want. Squeeze a fresh lime wedge or two into the drink and throw the squeezed wedge into the drink for good measure. Enjoy!


  1. I too grew up on Arctic Circle Lime Rickeys. We replicated them as well, but instead of using a snow cone syrup (we found some CHEAP at Walmart) I use a spoonful of partially thawed frozen grape juice concentrate, like Welch's. IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER than the syrup. Highly recommended to try it out!

    1. That sounds like such a good idea! I'm going to have to try that. I can see why it would produce so much more grape flavor!

  2. I lived in Oregon where we had Arctic Circle. No one understands how incredibly refreshing & delicious their lime rickeys were unless they had them. I've experienced major withdrawal over them lol! I bought grape snow cone syrup & attempted it more than once - maybe I was adding too much lime juice. During the warmer months I'll experiment more until I get it the way I summer drink on the planet!

    1. They really are the best! I almost wonder if the key at Arctic Circle is that the Sprite is a fountain drink. It must be the extra carbonation, but it is really refreshing

  3. I visited Salt Lake for the first time last summer and we ate a lot of Arctic Circle and In & Out since we dont have either in TN. BOO! Ive been searching for a recipe for lime rickys evwr since! So glad i found this 😍😎

    1. I'm glad you love them as much as I do! They're so refreshing. I hope this recipe satisfies your craving!


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