Copy Cat Sonic’s Ocean Water

Need to quench your thirst, and only a particularly sweet brew will do the trick? This copy cat Sonic ocean water is just the thing. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and fizzy with notes of lemon lime & coconut in a pretty blue hue. 

 Copy Cat Sonnic Ocean Water 2

Despite its name, it tastes nothing like the ocean. Which is probably a good thing. But it is blue, with a tangy flavor and a hint of coconut.

And let me just say, that Sonic hit the nail on the head with this one.

It’s arguably one of the best drinks they offer, and it’s pretty unique to them as well. At least I haven’t seen anything like it anywhere else. It’s just so refreshing.

One sip and you won’t be able to stop the ‘ahhhhhh’ from happening after downing that first taste. You might even find yourself staring at your glass wondering how so much flavor got into one little cup.

It’s a perfect little summer cocktail for kids and adults to enjoy.

I know with the heat wave hitting us this weekend with over 100 temps (where ya at spring?!) an ice cold cup of Ocean Water sounds absolutely perfect.

It’s easier than you’d think to whip together too! That beautiful blue hue? That’s all from a couple judicious drops of blue food coloring.

The flavor? Well that is from three key ingredients: a simple syrup made from the combination of water & white sugar, lemon lime soda, and a few drops of coconut extract.

The delicious result is a pretty blue drink that quite literally tastes like ‘ocean water’. Not the salty kind straight from the sea, but the shirley temple version straight from the nearest restaurant situated on the pier.

It’s cool water with a taste of Island breeze in a glass, and it’s amazing.

Copy Cat Sonic Ocean Water

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Copy Cat Sonic Ocean Water

A cool blue soda drink, this one is a spot on copy cat of a restaurant favorite.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Beverage, Drinks, Soda
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 243kcal


  • 4 tbsp of regular white sugar
  • 4 tbsp of water
  • 24 oz of lemon-lime soda 2 – 12 oz cans works great!
  • 1 1/2 tsp of coconut extract
  • 3 drops of blue food coloring


  • In a microwave safe bowl, mix the sugar and water and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. This should dissolve most of the sugar.
  • Alternatively, heat the water and sugar over medium low heat, stirring until most of the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the sugar mixture to the lemon-lime soda, coconut extract and food coloring to a pitcher and mix gently. Allow the mixture to cool slightly if warm or hot.
  • Serve over ice and enjoy!


To be even more true to the original version, if you can find blue coconut snow cone syrup, then a pump of that into a cold glass of Sprite is 100 % authentic, but since I couldn’t we just made our own homemade coconut syrup 🙂 We couldn’t taste the difference, but in case you can, now you know!


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Sugar: 59g | Calcium: 7mg


8 thoughts on “Copy Cat Sonic’s Ocean Water

  1. I love these copy cat recipes, although I must admit that I’ve never had an Ocean Water. Maybe I’ll have to make this to find out what it tastes like! (I don’t even know where the closest Sonic is to me on this side of the coast. Of course, there are a ton when I live out west.) Happy FF, and have a fun weekend!

  2. Despite its name, it tastes nothing like the ocean. Which is probably a good thing. But it is blue, with a tangy flavor and a hint of coconut. And let me just say, that Sonic hit the nail on the head with this one. – now that made me laugh. I have to say it looks great!

  3. This looks awesome! I’ve never been to Sonic before so I’ve not tried their version of this, but yours looks and sounds delicious! I just love that colour too! It’s raining here, but I could easily pretend I’m by the beach with a cold glass of this!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday!

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