Sonic Ocean Water

Copycat Sonic Ocean Water – so easy to make and so refreshing! It’s perfect for parties or a hot, summer day and is made with water, sugar, coconut extract, Sprite and food coloring.

We love fun, kid-friendly drink recipes, like today’s Ocean Water. For more drinks check out our Pink Punch and Cherry Limeade!

Sonic Ocean Water recipe

Copycat Recipe

We love to go to Sonic as a family! Personally, I love to get mozzarella sticks and to get Ocean Water. Have you had that drink before?

It’s pretty much blue coconut Sprite, and we love it. Takes minutes to make and is kid-friendly.

We made some a few months ago for a party, and it was a hit. Serve it up with some Sonic ice (our favorite) or look below for some fun ideas on how to serve this for your next party. The options are endless for making this fun, yummy drink.

Ocean water ingredients

How to Make Sonic Ocean Water

Like most drink recipes, this one is a cinch!

Just add water and sugar to a glass bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Take out and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a pitcher and add coconut extract, soda and food coloring. Mix well.

Coconut Extract: you can typically find this near the vanilla in the baking aisle. The extract is pretty strong. For less of a coconut taste, reduce the amount of extract added. If you love coconut flavoring you can add more than what’s suggested. Not a coconut fan? Try pineapple extract instead. 

Ocean water with candy fish

Fun Ways to Serve + Storing

We thought it was super fun to add Swedish fish to this drink. Not only did it look cute, but we could eat the fish too! Here are a few other fun ways to serve this drink:

  • Create ocean shaped ice cubes. You can find several options on Amazon 
  • Use a mini umbrella
  • Serve out of a coconut shaped cup

MAKING AHEAD OF TIME: This is best when consumed quickly after mixing up, but can be made up to a day ahead of time and kept in the fridge.

LEFTOVERS: Store leftover drink in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be aware that the carbonation in the soda will diminish with storage. You can also use the leftovers to make a slushy or popsicles. 

Copycat Sonic Ocean Water recipe

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Ocean Water Recipe

4.94 from 15 votes
Fizzy coconut Ocean Water is easy and refreshing! This copycat Sonic drink is perfect for parties or a hot, summer day.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 161 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • cup water
  • cup sugar
  • 1 liter Sprite or 7UP
  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract
  • blue food coloring


  • Combine water and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds, then stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour into a pitcher and add Sprite, coconut extract, and 3–4 drops of food coloring. Mix well.
  • Add ice right before serving.



Serving Suggestions: There are so many fun ways to serve this up. Try adding Swedish Fish for the kids, adding a mini umbrella to each glass, serving out of a coconut-shaped cup, or using seashell or sea creature–shaped molds to create ocean-themed ice cubes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Besides a Blast(if that even counts as a real “drink”), this is the ONLY drink I ever order from Sonic!! So glad I found a recipe that works so I can just make it at home! (;

  2. 5 stars
    we love this for parties! It’s incredibly easy to make & always a hit! Love the hint of refreshing!

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite drinks over at sonic! Glad I can make some at home now, ESPECIALLY since ours just closed.

  4. 5 stars
    My kids will be so excited for me to make them this drink! They always want blue drinks!! This tastes great!

  5. Hey there! This ocean water recipe looks very refreshing and delicious! I am a huge fan of all things Sonic, but I am not a fan of artificial dyes and colouring. As far as the bright blue colour goes, is there a way to naturally colour the drink? Perhaps with berries or fruit of some sort? If not, how would you suggest sprucing up this drink without colour? Maybe a fancy mint leaf, fruit ice cubes, or cranberries? Thank you for the recipe! I’m just too excited to test it out! As a Canadian, Sonic is not available to us, and I am always craving their sweet, sugary, and summery drinks! 😋

    1. You are welcome. I have not tried other ways, but I think you are on the right track..those sound like great ideas!

    2. For natural blue coloring, look into butterfly pea tea leaves! Depending on the acidity of the soda it might turn pink though but it’d still be a pretty, natural drink.

    3. 4 stars
      Don’t let the fact that the recipe calls for food coloring throw you off. It only for color and contributes nothing to the taste. Feel free to just leave it out. It’ll taste the same. If you want the color, try adding fresh squeezed blueberry juice, or if you’d like a purple color, try pomegranate. Even though the juices have a flavor, you’re not using enough to significantly alter the taste of the original recipe. I do find it odd that you’re more concerned about a few drops of FDA-approved food coloring, than you are the 185g of sugar in this recipe. This drink (which I must confess is awesome tasting!!), contains 7x the recommended daily intake of amount of sugar.

    4. You can use Butterfly Pea Tea that is readily available online and at many grocery stores! Completely 100% natural blossom!

  6. Coconut snow cone syrup is Sonic uses, and you can order it online ( i LOVE coconut snow cones!). Originally they put in cherries and slices of oranges and lime .
    An adult drink uses Ocean Water and Malibu or Parrot Bay rum.

  7. I havent made this recipe yet but i am wondering if i could substitute the sugar with something else that is diabetic friendly like splenda or something like that. i appreciate the help thank you.

    1. I haven’t tried subbing the sugar for Splenda, but I imagine it would work just fine. You’ll have to let us know how it turns out! 🙂

  8. I doubled the recipe to use a whole 2 liter of sprite. I only used 1 tbsp. Of coconut extract and it’s perfect. Next I won’t double the water or sugar as it’s to much. It makes it to thick!! I’m hoping when I add more sprite it will make it then like sonics ocean water and not thick like drinking syrup.