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Sonic Ocean Water

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This copycat recipe for Sonic Ocean Water is refreshing, light, non-alcoholic and perfect for sipping on while hanging at the pool or running errands this summer. Made with lemon-lime soda (Sprite), simple syrup and coconut extract and a little festive touch of blue food coloring and a cherry on top! It’s the perfect coconut-y lemon-lime drink! If you’re a fan of refreshing summer drinks, you’ll need to try my virgin Pina Coladas!

sonic ocean water in cups

Sonic Ocean Water- My Favorite Copycat Recipe

Sonic Ocean Water is a quick and easy summer drink that has quickly become my go to favorite. It’s a copycat recipe from Sonic. It’s made with lemon-lime soda (Sprite), simple syrup (sugar + water) and coconut extract and a little festive touch of blue food coloring (highly recommend) and a cherry on top! It’s the perfect coconut-y lemon-lime drink!

Make it Diet-Friendly

If you’re wanting a lower calorie, diet friendly version of Sonic Ocean Water, I have good news for you! You can use a diet version of any lemon-lime soda you prefer. I like to use Sprite Zero.

How to Make Sonic Ocean Water

Making this Ocean Water drink is really simple, but full recipe details and measurements are found below in the printable recipe card.

Combine Ingredients

In the bottom of a liquid measuring cup, stir sprite, simple syrup, coconut extract and blue food coloring together.

What is a simple syrup? How do I make it?

Simple syrup is sugar and water mixed together, creating a syrup. You can find it in the liquor department of any grocery store or at a liquor store. You can also make it yourself and its WAY cheaper than buying it. The most common ratio of simple syrup is an even ratio of sugar and water. For this recipe you’ll want equal parts water to sugar.

Can I use a different flavor other than coconut extract?

Yes. If you want to try a different flavor extract…try pineapple extract! It’ll still give you the tropical vibes and pairs well with sprite! You can also adjust the amount of coconut (or pineapple) extract, depending on how strong you prefer.

blue food coloring added to sprite

Pour + Serve

Divide ice between four serving glasses and pour ocean water into each cup. Top with maraschino cherry and serve.

Making Ahead of Time

Like most drinks, it’s 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. 

sonic ocean water in cups

Love Sonic Ocean Water? Other Summery Drinks to Try:

Be sure to save, print or bookmark this recipe. You’ll want to have it handy this summer! Enjoy, friends! 🙂

Sonic Ocean Water

This copycat recipe for Sonic Ocean Water is refreshing, light, non-alcoholic and perfect for sipping on while hanging at the pool or running errands this summer.
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Sprite
  • 3 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 drop blue food coloring
  • 4 maraschino cherries optional
  • ice for serving

Instructions

  • In the bottom of a liquid measuring cup, stir sprite, simple syrup, coconut extract and blue food coloring together.
  • Divide ice between four serving glasses and pour ocean water into each cup. Top with maraschino cherry and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American

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  1. Candi

    This sounds so good. Do you have to add the simple syrup? Cuz it sounds like you are just adding more sugar and I am all about less sugar.

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