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Here are the best coconut cocktails with creamy, tropical flavor! Pair coconut with rum, tequila or vodka for deliciously refreshing drinks.

Coconut margarita
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There’s nothing quite like coconut as a cocktail ingredient! It brings a creamy body and a tropical vibe to drinks of all kinds. It’s a natural to pair with rum, like with the classic pina colada. But there are lots of other ways to serve it! There are more unique coconut rum cocktails like the Bushwacker, that tastes like a chocolate milkshake. Or pair it with tequila for a margarita or vodka for a martini!

Here’s a list of all our favorite coconut cocktails that capitalize on its refreshing creaminess and fruity flavor. Either way, there are a few different ways to incorporate coconut: and it’s important to find the right one. Make sure to scroll below the list to read more! OK, let’s get to to those drinks.

And now…the top coconut cocktails to try!

Cream of Coconut vs Coconut Cream
Use cream of coconut for these coconut cocktails!

Coconut cream for drinks & cocktails

You might think that coconut cream is what makes the flavor in these coconut cocktails. But most of the cocktails below use a special ingredient called cream of coconut! Look for that when you make the drinks below. Here’s what to know about cream of coconut vs coconut cream:

  • Cream of coconut is a sweetened syrup used for cocktails made with coconut cream and sugar. It’s sold in handy squeeze bottles to make it easy to add to drinks. Cream of coconut is easy to find online or at your local liquor store. Popular brands are Coco Real or Coco Lopez.
  • Coconut cream is unsweetened! It’s thick with a strong coconut flavor and sold in cans next to the coconut milk. Coconut cream is made from chilling coconut milk and then skimming off the layer of cream that floats to the top.
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Coconut margarita

Coconut Margarita (& More Coconut Cocktails!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
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This coconut margarita recipe is the cocktail you didn’t know you were missing! It’s zingy and creamy, pairing lime and tequila with coconut. 


  • Sweetened shredded coconut, for the rim
  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • ½ ounce triple sec (or Cointreau)
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut (not coconut cream)
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)


  1. Toast the coconut. Remove it from the heat and place it in a single layer on a plate. 
  2. Add a bit of extra cream of coconut to a separate plate and dip the edge of the rim of the glass into it. Then dip the rim into the plate of toasted coconut.
  3. Place the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and cream of coconut in a cocktail shaker and add one handful ice. Shake until cold. Strain the margarita into the glass with the coconut rim. Fill the glass with ice and serve.
  4. For a pitcher: add 2 cups tequila, ½ cup triple sec, ½ cup lime juice, and 1 cup cream of coconut to a pitcher. Add 3 handfuls ice and stir. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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