The coconut Margarita is going to be your next favorite summer cocktail, and it may inspire you to try more flavors too !
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What is Coconut Margarita ?
Coconut Margarita is a twist on the classic Margarita, where you add a bit of cream of coconut (or coconut syrup) to get a tropical Margarita. The recipe calls for cream of coconut, which is the sweetened version of coconut cream and it’s also what you use in Pina Colada.
If you have no cream of coconut, then coconut syrup will do just fine but it will be a little more sweet. Do not use coconut milk for this ! It’s too thin and not sweet, it won’t come out right.
Coconut Margarita Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz tequila
- 0.5 oz triple sec
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 1 oz cream of coconut
- shredded coconut for the rim
- Wet the rim of a Margarita glass, dip it in shredded coconut. Set aside.
- Combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, cream of coconut, and ice in a shaker. Shake very well.
- Strain into the rimmed Margarita glass.
When is this drink best ?
I think the coconut Margarita is a great summer cocktail since it reminds me of a sunny beach, but I also see how it could be a beautiful winter cocktail as well. While coconut is a tropical, summery flavor the white color and the flakes do remind me a lot of falling snow. So, perhaps try it in both seasons and see which you like best.
My thoughts on Coconut Margarita
I liked the coconut Margarita more than other versions or twists on the classic. I think the coconut pairs surprisingly well with tequila, and doesn’t bring forth as much apple flavor as I thought it would. The triple sec is a nice touch, but quite subtle. Overall I’d say this is a sweet cocktail, not as sweet as Pina Colada but definitely sweeter than other Margaritas.
If you like Coconut Margarita, you might also like…
Classic Margarita – the classic versions of Margarita, shaken
Coconut Martini – a vodka Martini with cream of coconut
Raspberry Margarita – a Margarita with raspberry syrup
Strawberry Margarita – a Margarita with strawberries
Blood Orange Margarita – a Margarita with blood orange
Coconut Margarita – a Margarita with coconut
Blueberry Margarita – a Margarita with blueberries
Notes, substitutes, and tips
If you want a fainter taste, try tequila silver instead of gold. It blends in better with the coconut.
The recipe calls for 1 oz of cream of coconut, but you can add a little more if you want a stronger flavor.