Coconut Collins Cocktail Drink

Coconut Collins

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Want a tropical touch to your usual cocktail? Give this Coconut Collins recipe a shot! It’s a delightful drink, loaded with fresh stuff, and a breeze to prepare.

Coconut Collins Recipe

Sip away the winter chill with this simple Coconut Collins recipe! Crafted with Gin, lemon juice, coconut cream, coconut syrup and club soda, this refreshing cocktail is ideal for frosty evenings.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

282 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz unsweetened coconut cream
  • oz coconut syrup
  • 3-4 oz soda water, to top up
  • Lemon wheel, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Collins or Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes. Give it a quick stir to chill well and set it aside.
  • Add Coconut Syrup: Measure and pour ⅔ oz coconut syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lime Juice: Add 1 oz lemon juice.
  • Add Coconut Cream: Add 1 oz unsweetened coconut cream as well.
  • Add Gin: Finally, add 2 oz Gin to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Collins glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Add more ice if necessary and strain the drink from the shaker into the ice filled glass.
  • Top-up with Club Soda: Top-up with approx. 3-4 oz soda water and stir gently to combine (adjust to taste and to the size of the glass).
  • Garnish: Finally, place a lemon wheel on the rim of the glass for garnish. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka can be a good substitute, although it will alter the flavor profile slightly. For a more tropical twist, try using rum instead - it pairs very well with coconut!
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed juice is always the best option, but bottled juice will work as well if you’re out of fresh lemons. Lime juice can also do the trick.
  • Coconut Syrup: You can use cane sugar syrup as a substitute. It’s really easy to make at home: simply mix equal parts cane sugar and water over low heat. Mix well to dissolve the sugar completely and let it cool down to room temperature before using. Honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part warm water) or agave nectar can also be used as natural sweeteners.
  • Unsweetened Coconut Cream: You can also use coconut milk to make this recipe. Sweetened coconut cream is also an option, but in that case you will probably have to lower the quantity of coconut syrup or even omit it. Give it a try without syrup first and add some later on if you fancy a sweeter drink.
  • Club Soda: You can use coconut water as a substitute if you’re looking for a different, even more “coconutty” twist on this cocktail.

Making a Pitcher of Coconut Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of fresh lemon juice, 8 oz of coconut cream and 5 ½ oz of coconut syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin, lemon juice, coconut syrup, and coconut cream. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, pour into ice filled Collins glasses and top up with a dash of club soda. Garnish each glass with a lime wheel and serve immediately. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; several brands are available that mimic the botanical flavors of Gin.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Gin, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Coconut Collins cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including gin, are vegan-friendly. Just ensure your syrup is vegan (some sugars are processed over bone char) or use agave nectar as a substitute. With this minor adjustment, you can follow the original steps and enjoy a vegan Coconut Collins.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
282
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Sodium
 
31
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Potassium
 
136
mg
4
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
Calcium
 
12
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Coconut Collins Cocktail Drink

Coconut Collins Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Sip away the winter chill with this simple Coconut Collins recipe! Crafted with Gin, lemon juice, coconut cream, coconut syrup and club soda, this refreshing cocktail is ideal for frosty evenings.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 282

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz unsweetened coconut cream
  • oz coconut syrup
  • 3-4 oz soda water - to top up
  • Lemon wheel - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Collins or Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes. Give it a quick stir to chill well and set it aside.
  • Add Coconut Syrup: Measure and pour ⅔ oz coconut syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lime Juice: Add 1 oz lemon juice.
  • Add Coconut Cream: Add 1 oz unsweetened coconut cream as well.
  • Add Gin: Finally, add 2 oz Gin to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Collins glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Add more ice if necessary and strain the drink from the shaker into the ice filled glass.
  • Top-up with Club Soda: Top-up with approx. 3-4 oz soda water and stir gently to combine (adjust to taste and to the size of the glass).
  • Garnish: Finally, place a lemon wheel on the rim of the glass for garnish. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka can be a good substitute, although it will alter the flavor profile slightly. For a more tropical twist, try using rum instead - it pairs very well with coconut!
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed juice is always the best option, but bottled juice will work as well if you’re out of fresh lemons. Lime juice can also do the trick.
  • Coconut Syrup: You can use cane sugar syrup as a substitute. It’s really easy to make at home: simply mix equal parts cane sugar and water over low heat. Mix well to dissolve the sugar completely and let it cool down to room temperature before using. Honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part warm water) or agave nectar can also be used as natural sweeteners.
  • Unsweetened Coconut Cream: You can also use coconut milk to make this recipe. Sweetened coconut cream is also an option, but in that case you will probably have to lower the quantity of coconut syrup or even omit it. Give it a try without syrup first and add some later on if you fancy a sweeter drink.
  • Club Soda: You can use coconut water as a substitute if you’re looking for a different, even more “coconutty” twist on this cocktail.

Making a Pitcher of Coconut Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of fresh lemon juice, 8 oz of coconut cream and 5 ½ oz of coconut syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin, lemon juice, coconut syrup, and coconut cream. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, pour into ice filled Collins glasses and top up with a dash of club soda. Garnish each glass with a lime wheel and serve immediately. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; several brands are available that mimic the botanical flavors of Gin.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Gin, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Coconut Collins cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including gin, are vegan-friendly. Just ensure your syrup is vegan (some sugars are processed over bone char) or use agave nectar as a substitute. With this minor adjustment, you can follow the original steps and enjoy a vegan Coconut Collins.

What is a Coconut Collins?

A Coconut Collins is a gin-based cocktail made of gin, coconut syrup, coconut cream, fresh lime juice, and just a dash of soda water.  This refreshing drink is relatively easy to make as it only requires mixing these ingredients in the right proportions. It’s a tropical twist on the classic Tom Collins cocktail, adding an exotic touch with coconut cream and syrup.

A side shot of a Coconut Collins cocktail in a highball glass on a white coaster placed on a tray surrounded by a jigger, a bar spoon, a red cloth and a bowl with lemons

What is a Coconut Collins made of – The ingredients

To put together a Coconut Collins, these are the ingredients you need:

  • Coconut Syrup: Adds a rich and sweet coconut flavor, providing the tropical essence of the cocktail.
  • Coconut Cream: Enhances the drink’s texture with a creamy consistency while boosting the coconut flavor.
  • Gin: The base spirit of the drink, it adds complexity with its botanical notes.
  • Lime Juice: Brings acidity and brightness to balance the sweetness of other ingredients.
  • Club Soda: Adds carbonation to the drink, making it refreshing and light.
  • Ice Cubes: Essential for chilling and slightly diluting the mixture, ensuring the cocktail is served cold and well-balanced.
  • Lemon Wheel (for garnish, optional): Adds a decorative touch and a hint of fresh citrus aroma.

Gin, lemon juice, coconut cream, coconut syrup and soda water laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Coconut Collins?

Master the art of making a Coconut Collins with our easy-to-understand steps:

1
<p>Begin by preparing your glass: Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes. Stir the ice briefly to chill the glass thoroughly, ensuring your cocktail stays cold for longer. Set the glass aside while you prepare the rest of the drink.</p>

Begin by preparing your glass: Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes. Stir the ice briefly to chill the glass thoroughly, ensuring your cocktail stays cold for longer. Set the glass aside while you prepare the rest of the drink.

2
<p>In your cocktail shaker, measure and pour ⅔ ounces of coconut syrup. This will add a rich and sweet coconut flavor to the base of your cocktail.</p>

In your cocktail shaker, measure and pour ⅔ ounces of coconut syrup. This will add a rich and sweet coconut flavor to the base of your cocktail.

3
<p>Next, add 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice to the shaker. The lime juice will provide a refreshing and tangy contrast to the sweetness of the coconut syrup.</p>

Next, add 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice to the shaker. The lime juice will provide a refreshing and tangy contrast to the sweetness of the coconut syrup.

4
<p>Follow this by adding 1 ounce of coconut cream. This ingredient will add a creamy texture and enhance the tropical coconut flavor of the drink.</p>

Follow this by adding 1 ounce of coconut cream. This ingredient will add a creamy texture and enhance the tropical coconut flavor of the drink.

5
<p>Now, measure and pour 2 ounces of Gin into the shaker. The gin serves as the robust foundation of the cocktail, offering a botanical complexity that complements the coconut and lime.</p>

Now, measure and pour 2 ounces of Gin into the shaker. The gin serves as the robust foundation of the cocktail, offering a botanical complexity that complements the coconut and lime.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes. </p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Secure the shaker and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 10-15 seconds until well combined and chilled.</p>

Secure the shaker and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 10-15 seconds until well combined and chilled.

8
<p>Take the Collins glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. If needed, add fresh ice to the glass. You can also discard the ice inside the Collins glass and simply refill it with fresh, new ice cubes.</p>

Take the Collins glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. If needed, add fresh ice to the glass. You can also discard the ice inside the Collins glass and simply refill it with fresh, new ice cubes.

9
<p>Using a cocktail strainer, strain the shaken drink into the prepared Collins glass.</p>

Using a cocktail strainer, strain the shaken drink into the prepared Collins glass.

10
<p>Top up the drink with soda water (approximately 3 ounces depending on your taste and the size of the glass). The soda water will add a refreshing effervescence to the cocktail. Stir gently with a bar spoon to combine the ingredients.</p>

Top up the drink with soda water (approximately 3 ounces depending on your taste and the size of the glass). The soda water will add a refreshing effervescence to the cocktail. Stir gently with a bar spoon to combine the ingredients.

11
<p>For the final touch, garnish your Coconut Collins with a lemon wheel on the rim of the glass. This not only adds a decorative element but also a hint of fresh aroma.</p>

For the final touch, garnish your Coconut Collins with a lemon wheel on the rim of the glass. This not only adds a decorative element but also a hint of fresh aroma.

Serve immediately and enjoy the delightful blend of creamy coconut, zesty lime, and botanical gin.

History and Origin

The Tom Collins is a classic cocktail that mixes Old Tom Gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. Over time, bartenders began experimenting with different variations of this drink and came up with fruity versions such as this one, the Coconut Collins.

A Coconut Collins cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, lemon juice, coconut cream, coconut syrup and soda water

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FAQ

How many calories does a Coconut Collins contain?
A standard serving of Coconut Collins contains approximately 200-250 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used (especially the coconut cream and syrup in that case) and their quantities.
How strong is a Coconut Collins cocktail?
The strength of a Coconut Collins cocktail typically ranges from 10-15% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 20-30 proof. This makes it a relatively light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in Coconut Collins?
Coconut Collins primarily uses gin as its base spirit.
In what kind of glass is a Coconut Collins served?
Traditionally, a Coconut Collins is served in a highball or Collins glass. These tall, straight-sided glasses allows plenty of ice and mixers, enhancing the overall drinking experience.
What does a Coconut Collins taste like?
The Coconut Collins offers a refreshing blend of tropical and citrus flavors, with the sweetness of coconut syrup and cream perfectly balanced by the tangy freshness of lime juice. The botanical notes of gin provide a sophisticated depth, while the soda water adds a light, effervescent finish.
How is a Coconut Collins served with ice?
Coconut Collins is usually served over ice in a highball or Collins glass. The ice not only chills the drink but also helps to dilute the flavors slightly, making it more enjoyable.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Coconut Collins?
You can make a non-alcoholic or "mocktail" version of the Coconut Collins. Simply replace the gin with a non-alcoholic alternative (see section above, “Making it non-alcoholic”).
Is it suitable for vegans?
Yes, a Coconut Collins is suitable for vegans. It contains no animal products, but always check the labels of your specific ingredients to be sure.
Can I prepare a Coconut Collins in advance?
Absolutely! Mix all the ingredients except the soda water in a large pitcher and refrigerate it overnight. Take it out of the fridge 20 minutes before serving; if the coconut cream has fallen to the bottom (it can happen when refrigerated), mix it or shake it vigorously. When ready to serve, pour into ice-filled glasses, top up with soda water and garnish each glass with a lime wheel (see section above, “Making a pitcher of Coconut Collins”).

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