Ocean Water

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Do you love Sonic ocean water? Make the tropical blue coconut ocean water drink at home with this easy 5-ingredient recipe.

My family loves ordering Ocean Water at Sonic, but unfortunately we don’t live close enough to a Sonic location to just swing by whenever we want one.

That is why I am obsessed with this copycat recipe.

Blue ocean water drink in glass with ice, gummy fish, gummy shark, and blue and white paper straw

Like our copycat shamrock shake, it is super simple to make, looks just like the real thing, and has the same delicious coconut taste.

The best part is that we can enjoy the refreshing summer drink anytime we want, right at home.

The tropical drink makes a refreshing tropical mocktail or fun non-alcoholic drink for kids. Looking for an adults-only version? Try this tasty ocean water cocktail recipe.


You will need:

  • lemon-lime soda – Sprite, 7up, or Sierra Mist, etc… Sonic uses Sprite, so reach for that if you are going for the most authentic copycat drink possible.
  • coconut extract – grab a bottle near the vanilla in the baking aisle–or order it on Amazon.
  • blue food coloring – while you don’t need to use food coloring, the drink won’t have it’s iconic blue color without it
  • sugar – to be combined with water to make a simple syrup
  • shark gummies and/or Swedish fish – optional, but highly recommened due to being super cute and yummy too
Homemade version of Sonic's ocean water drink in a glass with ice, swedish fish, gummy shark, and blue and white paper straw

Recipe Tips and Storage

Party Punch: Double or triple the recipe for a terrific non-alcoholic and kid-friendly party punch. Serve in a large pitcher or punch bowl.

Spike it: For the grown-ups, replace the coconut extract with a shot or two of coconut rum to turn the drink into a bright blue cocktail.

Make ahead: As a carboned drink, ocean water is best when enjoyed immediately. However, you can make the simple syrup (step 1) up to 2 weeks ahead of time and store it in a glass jar in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Then simply combine all the ingredients and you are good to go.

Leftovers: If you are lucky enough to have any of the drink leftover, you can use it to make popsicles – yum!


What is Sonic Ocean Water?

A popular bright blue carbonated coconut flavored beverage served at the fast-food chain Sonic.

What is ocean water made of?

It is made with Sprite, sugar, water, coconut extract, and blue food coloring.

What does the ocean water drink at Sonic taste like?

Vacation. Wait, is vacation not an acceptable answer? Ok fine, it tastes like a bubbly and refreshing coconut Sprite.

More kid-friendly drink recipes

Blue ocean water drink in glass with ice, gummy fish, gummy shark, and blue and white paper straw
4.45 from 9 votes

Ocean Water

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Make refreshing Sonic Ocean Water at home with this easy 5-ingredient recipe.



  • To create a simple syrup, combine water and sugar in a small microwavable bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow the simple syrup to cool to room temperature.
  • Add the cooled simple syrup, Sprite, coconut extract, and food coloring to a pitcher. Stir well to combine.
  • Serve over ice, adding shark gummies or Swedish fish if desired.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 265kcal
Blue ocean water drink in glass with ice, gummy fish, gummy shark, and blue and white paper straw

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    1. Why add the simple syrup what does it do? Honestly asking not trying to come off as telling you urcwrong for adding it

      1. The simple syrup is a liquid sweeteneer that adds sweetness to the drink without making it gritty as trying to stir granulated sugar directly into a cold drink can do.

  1. Going to make this for my 4 yr old grt grandson for Halloween looks like a fun drink for a party

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