Here are the best coconut cocktails with creamy, tropical flavor! Pair coconut with rum, tequila or vodka for deliciously refreshing drinks.
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.
Here’s a coconut cocktail that’s creamy, cool, refreshing and an absolute must for any coconut lover: this Coconut Margarita recipe! Tropical coconut pairs perfectly with the zing of lime and bite of tequila. The best part? The toasted coconut drink rim gives you a crunchy, tropical infusion to each sip.
The most popular coconut cocktail of them all is the classic Piña Colada! The original drink was invented in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1954. It stars pineapple juice, rum, and cream of coconut, served blended or with crushed ice. Here’s how to make a piña colada…the real way! It’s so full of sophisticated, intriguing flavor that it will become your go-to.
There’s something about the tropical creaminess of coconut that makes it perfect for cocktails. It’s best known for the classic piña colada, but we’ve got a more unique spin on it that you’re sure to love. Try the Coconut Martini! Inspired by our popular coconut margarita, this one features vodka instead of tequila and my is it tasty! It’s cool and creamy, with a toasted coconut rim that makes every sip more irresistible.
Want a mojito that’s impossibly even better than the classic? Try this Coconut Mojito! Coconut infuses a tropical sweetness and creamy body into this cocktail that’s altogether irresistible. Cream of coconut and coconut rum come together to make magic, forming a delightful frothy topping that adds a little foam to each sip.
Here’s a coconut cocktail that will blow your mind with its creamy, chocolaty flavor: the Bushwacker! This one is equal parts refreshing and rich. Invented in the 1970’s, the Bushwacker is a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada. It’s lusciously smooth with notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. It’s perfect for sipping poolside or as a dessert drink any time you’re dreaming of sun.
Ingredients: Aged rum, Kahlua, creme de cacao, cream of coconut, milk, ice
So you love piña coladas? Then you absolutely must try a Painkiller cocktail! This 1970’s coconut cocktail is a spin on the classic piña colada, but even better. It stars aged rum, cream of coconut, and orange juice, which add intrigue and nuance to this sophisticated drink. Top it off with a little grated nutmeg, and wow! It’s fruity, tropical, and just darn tasty.
Here’s a coconut cocktail that’s tropical, fruity, and bubby all at once: the Pineapple Coconut Mimosa! This spin on the classic brunch cocktail might be even better. Sweet pineapple juice is a unique offset to crisp, dry champagne. Creamy coconut milk makes a frothy topping so it looks like the bubbles never die! This one is the perfect signature drink for a special brunch or party.
Love a good Piña Colada? Then here’s the drink for you: the Chi Chi drink! This Piña Colada with vodka is just as good as the original, in our opinion. It’s surprising how well it holds up to the rum-based classic. Whip it up in a blender and it’s tangy, sweet, coconut-y and tropical: the perfect beachy drink for summer or anytime you’re craving sun.
Ingredients: Frozen pineapple, ice, vodka, cream of coconut, pineapple juice
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.
Toast the coconut. Remove it from the heat and place it in a single layer on a plate.
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.
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.
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.
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