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Sonic Ocean Water Recipe

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Sonic Ocean Water Recipe: The most gorgeous and refreshing summer drink around! The perfect non alcoholic drink for picnics or the Fourth of July.

a glass mug filled with an ocean water drink topped with swedish fish and a red and white straw.

Are you looking for an easy, nonalcoholic drink for Summer? Look no further!

This Sonic Ocean Water recipe is perfect! Its subtle tropical flavor and gorgeous blue color make it perfect for sipping poolside!

Love blue? Check out my Blue Margaritas too!

It would also be a hit for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or any summer picnic.

Sonic offers a variety of refreshing beverages, including Cherry Limeade, Milkshakes, and, let's not forget, Slushies. However, my all-time favorite has to be the Sonic Ocean Water drink.

What Is Ocean Water?

Ocean water gets its name because of its beautiful blue color. Doesn't it just remind you of bright blue waves?

I'll admit it is kind of a weird name.

Anyone who has ever been to the beach knows it is not something you want to get in your mouth!

Luckily our recipe resembles its namesake looks only. This bright blue beverage has a bright lemon-lime flavor with a coconut backdrop.

Ingredient Note and Shopping Tips

Wondering what is in this delicious blue drink? You only need 5 common ingredients.

  1. Water:
  2. White Sugar
  3. Coconut Extract: I know a teaspoon doesn't sound like much, but take it easy with this stuff. It is very strong, and a little goes a long way. You can always add more, but you can't take it out!
  4. Lemon Lime Soda: Sprite is my favorite soda,and I always have it in the house. (You'd think I wouldn't drink sugar when I eat it all day, but nom nom slurp slurp.) Any bubbly soda, though, like Sierra Mist or 7 Up, would work fine here.
  5. Blue Food Coloring: This is optional but very highly encouraged.

I also like to serve mine with ice. Swedish Fish are also super cute and fun, especially for kids!

a closeup of a glass mug with homemade sonic ocean water and a red and white striped straw.

Want to turn kick it up a notch? Try replacing the coconut extract with a shot (or 2!) of coconut rum! I won't tell! 😉

How To Make Ocean Water

This recipe is so easy to make. In fact, I be you can whip it up in your own kitchen faster than the rollerskating waitresses can bring it to your car! Maybe I should prepare it while wearing roller skates.

First, we're going to make the easiest simple syrup ever. All you need is a microwave safe bowl,and equal parts sugar/water.

Then I like to mix in the other 3 ingredients in a punch bowl. This recipe makes two drinks but can easily by doubled, tripled, or turned into a party punch!

Finally, I serve mine in a tall glass full of ice. It tastes just as refreshing as it looks! Cheers!

Fun Variation

This easy recipe can easily be customized to suit your tastes. Here is one I've tried:

  1. Pineapple Extract: Not a fan of coconut? Feel free to swap out the coconut extract for another of your choice. Pineapple is my favorite because it gives me the same tropical summer vibe.

I'm going to be making this Sonic Ocean Water a lot as our local Sonic went out of business! 🙁 It was actually replaced by a Starbucks, which is kind of disappointing.

There is a Starbucks on every corner around here. However, happy hour and cheesy tots are harder to come by. I'm so glad I have this Copycat recipe!

📖 Recipe

Copycat Sonic Ocean Water Recipe

The most gorgeous and refreshing summer drink around! Perfect for picnics and the 4th of July!
5 from 18 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Large Drinks
Calories: 206kcal

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  • 3 Tablespoons Water
  • 3 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Coconut Extract
  • 2 12 Ounce Cans Lemon Lime Soda (I used Sprite)
  • Blue Food Coloring
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  • In a small microwave safe bowl stir water and sugar together. Heat for 30-60 seconds or until sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour into a pitcher or punch bowl. Stir in soda, coconut extract, and food coloring.
  • Serve over ice.


Calories: 206kcal
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