How to Make Sonic Ocean Water

You can recreate Sonic Ocean Water at home. You can find everything you need to make the Sonic Ocean Water drink at your grocery store.

a glass of homemade Sonic Ocean Water

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Are you lucky to live near a Sonic Drive-In? If you do, you may even be one of those people who look forward to their half-price drinks during happy hour.

Do you ever wish you could recreate some of those famous drinks at home? Perhaps you want to have a party and want to serve up a great-tasting non-alcoholic drink? Sonic Ocean water is the perfect Sonic menu item to recreate at home.

Sonic Drive-In has a huge drink menu, it is over 1 million items long with all of the possible drink combinations. Here I will help you debunk one of those famous menu items at home.

Why this is the best copycat cat recipe for Sonic Ocean Water

This is the best recipe because we walk you through everything you need, and one sip, and you will know this drink has that blue hue and the taste of coconut you have been looking for. The best part of this blue coconut sprite is you can enjoy it on hot summer days, or you could increase the serving size and turn this into a party punch! Just make up a large batch and grab your punch bowl. This drink would be a great way to celebrate Shark week when it comes to TV!

What is Sonic Ocean Water?

This much-loved drink is a favorite of so many people. This coconut flavored soda is enhanced with blue food coloring to make it look like the Ocean. You should think of the Sonic Ocean Water drink as it is a coconut sprite. This drink is perfect for summertime, or any time you want to feel like you are on vacation. This is one of those kid-friendly drinks the whole family will love.

What does Sonic Ocean Water Taste like?

This light and refreshing drink are perfect for kids and adults. Do you love coconut-inspired beverages? You are going to love this delicious blue drink! It has the flavor of Sprite with delicious coconut syrup. This has to be one of the most refreshing beverages that Sonic serves.

Ingredients for Blue Coconut Syrup

With simple ingredients, you can recreate the blue coconut flavor at home.

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Blue food coloring
  • Coconut extract – you can find this in the baking aisle near the vanilla extract
  • Lemon-lime soda like Sprite  
  • Ice cubes
Sonic ocean water ingredients

How to Make Blue Coconut Syrup and the Sonic Ocean Water

For this recipe,  you will make a simple syrup, and then add color and flavor to get the treasured 

  1. Place boiling water in a bowl or pitcher.
  2. Combine water and the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and coconut extract. Stir to combine the sugar mixture.
  4. Fill a glass with ice.
  5. Pour some blue coconut syrup into the glass.
  6. Add Sprite to fill the glass.

Enjoy this refreshing summer drink any time of the year! This copycat Sonic Ocean Water recipe is one that you will love. If you enjoy slushies, be sure to mix the drink in your blender and be sure to add some extra ice. 

You don’t need to serve this drink only in July, August, or even during the summer. This drink can be served any time of the year! 

How to store blue coconut syrup

Please store the leftover syrup in the fridge in an airtight container or a squeeze bottle. In the refrigerator the syrup will last for 10 days.

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a glass of homemade Sonic Ocean Water

Sonic Ocean Water

You can recreate the Sonic Ocean Water at home, it is so easy it may surprise you.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ocean Water, Sonic Ocean Water, Sonic Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 398kcal


Blue Coconut Syrup Recipe

  • 2 cups water boiling
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 drops blue food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract

Drink Recipe

  • 1 cup Ice cubes
  • cup Blue coconut syrup
  • 1 cup Sprite


Blue Coconut Syrup

  • Place 2 cups of boiling water in a bowl or pitcher.
  • Add 1 cup of sugar to the boiling water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add 4 drops of blue food coloring to the sugar syrup.
  • Add 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring to the syrup. Stir to combine.
  • Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature or cooler.

Ocean Water Drink

  • Fill a glass with ice.
  • Add ⅓ cup of the blue coconut syrup.
  • Fill the glass with 1 cup of Sprite.



Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 70mg | Sugar: 106g | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 4.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Annalise

    4 stars
    Great recipe! However, there’s a key ingredient you’re missing. When I was working at sonic, ocean water was made by mixing our blue coconut syrup with sprite. In fact, almost all of our special drinks use sprite as a base!

  2. Angelina

    This recipe states that it makes (1) serving. If that’s so, I’d consume ONE WHOLE CUP OF SUGAR if I made this drink for myself! I can’t believe it, so PLEASE tell me that I misunderstood the recipe! BTW, “Sonic” is well noted for it’s unhealthy & fattening food, so I don’t know why anyone would care to eat there, nor to want any of their recipes….just sayin’….

  3. Sandi Spencer

    I had to stop using Splenda because it causes my vision to blur, I think it dehydrates but I do wish I could use it without concern. I use Diabetic version of Whey Low because it is lactose based but has a lower glycemic index count than regular Whey Low ( ordered online). It’s called Whey Low D and dissolves best in hot liquid but can then be chilled. They have a wonderful brown sugar sub called Whey LowGold), but is not necessarily what diabetics should choose. Sometimes I combine stevia and Whey Low D.

    Off Topic:
    New copycat I would love to see Stephanie. Is Schlotzkey’s Tomato Basil Soup. LOVe it and would like to make it at home.

  4. Maria

    I love Sonic Drive Inn’s Happy Hour drinks! I fortunately live in Texas and there are plenty if Sonic Drive Ins! Yes, I do look forward to and partake in their drinks at least 2-3 times a week! Their mozzarella sticks (cheese sticks) are the best also! I asked a Sonic associate who made my ocean water drink what exactly is in that drink and she said it was simply lemon lime soda (Sprite or ginger-ale) and blue-coconut syrup, like they use on snow balls or cones!

  5. joe

    just made this and holy cow it truly does taste like ocean water, gotta say this is a gokdmine website lol thaaaank you google! and i mixed tuaca with it and your right it is pretty tasty you cant even tell it has alcohol in it till youve had 2 or 3 LOL

  6. Phyllis Brannagan

    Dear Stephanie, I live in a place without a Sonic, I know, I can’t believe it either. I would love this drink, but, I have type 2 diabetes. Would you possibly have a recipe that uses artificial sweeteners? I would like to thank you for all your copyKats.


    • Stephanie

      I am sorry you don’t live near a Sonic. You could try making the syrup, I would construct it the same way, replacing the sugar with the sweetener of your choice, then you could use a diet lemon-lime soda.

      • Mike

        I’m like Phyllis – Type 2 diabetes – so I don’t drink sugar sodas or anything similar, but I used to date a woman who loved to mix Tuaca, a naturally flavored brandy liqueur, with Ocean Water. I’ve never been much of a drinker, but it really was tasty.

    • KD Bingaman

      Try replacing the water, sugar, and coconut extract in the syrup with bottled coconut water sweetened with Splenda drops (5 drops = 1 tsp of sugar). Splenda, of course, is a natural sweetener (sucrose), and it won’t have the bad effect of sugar (glucose) on diabetic conditions. Add coloring as indicated.
      Replace the lemon-lime soda with natural sparkling mineral water, add in 1 part juice (about 25%) from natural lemons/limes, sweeten with Splenda if necessary (about 5 drops).

      • Bug

        Splenda (sucralose) is NOT natural; however, it is artificial. Maybe you should look up how it was discovered. Stevia is a natural herb that is sweet. Go with Stevia!

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