Coconut Margarita Cocktail Drink

Coconut Margarita

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Want a tropical take on a traditional cocktail? Give this Coconut Margarita recipe a go! It’s a delicious drink, brimming with fresh bits, and straightforward to concoct.

Coconut Margarita Recipe

Get into the summer spirit with this straightforward Coconut Margarita recipe! Tequila, coconut milk, lime juice, and a hint of agave make this tropical cocktail a summer must-have.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

243 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Tequila
  • ½ oz triple sec
  • 1 oz coconut cream
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Margarita Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill your margarita glass.
  • Squeeze 1 oz lime juice into the shaker.
  • Add 1 oz coconut cream to the mix.
  • Add ½ oz triple sec.
  • Pour 1½ oz Tequila into the shaker.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake vigorously until well mixed and chilled.
  • Strain the mixture into a margarita glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, you can use white rum as a substitute. It won't have the same flavor profile, but it will still work well with the coconut and lime.
  • Coconut Cream: If you don't have coconut cream, use coconut milk instead. It's thinner, so the drink won't be as creamy, but it will still give you that tropical coconut flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice can replace lime juice if needed. The taste will be slightly different but still refreshing.

Making a Pitcher of Coconut Margarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Tequila, 4 oz of triple sec, 8 oz of coconut cream, and 8 oz of lime juice.
  • Mix: Blend the Tequila, coconut cream, triple sec, and lime juice in a home blender for a few seconds. Pour your blended mixture in a pitcher and store it in a refrigerator.
  • Serve: Once chilled, pour the mixture into ice-filled margarita glasses, garnish with a lime wheel or wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; these are available in the market and do an excellent job of mimicking Tequila's flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of regular Tequila, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Tequila and Triple Sec: make sure to use a vegan spirit or liqueur, as some brands may use animal-derived products during production.
  • Coconut Cream: Ensure that the coconut cream you're using is vegan. Most brands are, but it's always good to check the label.
  • Proceed As Usual: With a vegan-friendly coconut cream, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Coconut Margarita.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
243
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Potassium
 
130
mg
4
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Coconut Margarita Cocktail Drink

Coconut Margarita Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Get into the summer spirit with this straightforward Coconut Margarita recipe! Tequila, coconut milk, lime juice, and a hint of agave make this tropical cocktail a summer must-have.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 243

Ingredients
 

  • oz Tequila
  • ½ oz triple sec
  • 1 oz coconut cream
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Margarita Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill your margarita glass.
  • Squeeze 1 oz lime juice into the shaker.
  • Add 1 oz coconut cream to the mix.
  • Add ½ oz triple sec.
  • Pour 1½ oz Tequila into the shaker.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake vigorously until well mixed and chilled.
  • Strain the mixture into a margarita glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, you can use white rum as a substitute. It won't have the same flavor profile, but it will still work well with the coconut and lime.
  • Coconut Cream: If you don't have coconut cream, use coconut milk instead. It's thinner, so the drink won't be as creamy, but it will still give you that tropical coconut flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice can replace lime juice if needed. The taste will be slightly different but still refreshing.

Making a Pitcher of Coconut Margarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Tequila, 4 oz of triple sec, 8 oz of coconut cream, and 8 oz of lime juice.
  • Mix: Blend the Tequila, coconut cream, triple sec, and lime juice in a home blender for a few seconds. Pour your blended mixture in a pitcher and store it in a refrigerator.
  • Serve: Once chilled, pour the mixture into ice-filled margarita glasses, garnish with a lime wheel or wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; these are available in the market and do an excellent job of mimicking Tequila's flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of regular Tequila, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Tequila and Triple Sec: make sure to use a vegan spirit or liqueur, as some brands may use animal-derived products during production.
  • Coconut Cream: Ensure that the coconut cream you're using is vegan. Most brands are, but it's always good to check the label.
  • Proceed As Usual: With a vegan-friendly coconut cream, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Coconut Margarita.

What is a Coconut Margarita?

A Coconut Margarita is a tequila-based cocktail made of silver Tequila, coconut cream, lime juice, and triple sec. This drink is easy to make as it follows the basic principles of cocktail mixing – combining spirits with sweet and sour elements.

The Coconut Margarita is a variant of the classic margarita but introduces an exotic twist by adding creamy coconut. The result is a tropical take on this well-known cocktail that offers familiarity and novelty in each sip.

A side shot of a Coconut Margarita cocktail in a margarita glass on a green placemat placed on a light turquoise surface surrounded by a shaker and a bowl with lime pieces

What is a Coconut Margarita made of – The ingredients

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

  • Coconut Cream: This thick, rich cream adds a tropical flavor and creamy texture to the margarita.
  • Tequila: The cocktail’s base spirit, Tequila, gives the margarita its characteristic kick.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a tangy acidity that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Triple Sec: This orange-flavored liqueur enhances the flavor profile and adds a hint of citrus.
  • Ice: Used to chill the drink and dilute the strong flavors just slightly for a smoother sip.
  • Lime Wheel or Wedge (for garnish): Adds a pop of color and an extra hint of citrus when served on the rim of the glass.

Tequila, triple sec, coconut cream, lime juice and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Coconut Margarita?

Create a tasty Coconut Margarita by following our simple steps:

1
<p>Start by preparing your margarita glass. Fill it up with ice to ensure it will be cold enough for the drink.</p>

Start by preparing your margarita glass. Fill it up with ice to ensure it will be cold enough for the drink.

2
<p>Pour 1 oz of lime juice into the shaker. The lime juice will add a tangy freshness that balances out the richness of the coconut milk.</p>

Pour 1 oz of lime juice into the shaker. The lime juice will add a tangy freshness that balances out the richness of the coconut milk.

3
<p>Add to a shaker 1 oz of coconut cream The coconut cream will give your margarita a creamy texture and a rich coconut flavor.</p>

Add to a shaker 1 oz of coconut cream The coconut cream will give your margarita a creamy texture and a rich coconut flavor.

4
<p>Include 1 ounce of triple sec. This orange-flavored liqueur will add a hint of sweetness and complexity to your margarita.</p>

Include 1 ounce of triple sec. This orange-flavored liqueur will add a hint of sweetness and complexity to your margarita.

5
<p>Add 1.5 ounces of Tequila to the shaker. The Tequila is the base of your margarita and will provide the necessary kick.</p>

Add 1.5 ounces of Tequila to the shaker. The Tequila is the base of your margarita and will provide the necessary kick.

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

Fill your shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Shake vigorously. The shaking will mix all the ingredients and chill the drink.</p>

Shake vigorously. The shaking will mix all the ingredients and chill the drink.

8
<p>Strain the mixture into your chilled glass over fresh ice. Make sure to pour slowly to maintain the beautiful coconut-salt rim.</p>

Strain the mixture into your chilled glass over fresh ice. Make sure to pour slowly to maintain the beautiful coconut-salt rim.

9
<p>Finally, garnish your coconut margarita with a lime wheel or wedge. This will enhance the tropical feel and make your drink look as good as it tastes.</p>

Finally, garnish your coconut margarita with a lime wheel or wedge. This will enhance the tropical feel and make your drink look as good as it tastes.

History and Origin of the Coconut Margarita

The Coconut Margarita is a fun spin on the classic margarita, which has an intricate history with many bartenders claiming they created it during the first half of the 20th century.

The Coconut Margarita came along later and it has yet to be discovered precisely when bartenders started putting coconut in their margaritas.

You can find coconut margaritas at Mexican restaurants and beach bars worldwide. They’re also easy to whip up at home if you want a taste of the tropics anytime.

A Coconut Margarita cocktail, shot from above, in a margarita glass on a beige surface surrounded by Tequila, triple sec, coconut cream, lime juice and lime

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FAQ

How many calories does a Coconut Margarita contain?
A typical Coconut Margarita contains approximately 300 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Coconut Margarita?
The strength of a Coconut Margarita largely depends on the amount of alcohol used in its preparation. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 15-20%, translating to 30-40 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Coconut Margarita?
Tequila is the primary alcohol used in a Coconut Margarita. It's often combined with triple sec, coconut cream and lime juice to create the cocktail's distinctive flavor profile.
In what kind of glass is a Coconut Margarita served?
Traditionally, a Coconut Margarita is served in a margarita glass. The Margarita glass is a wide, shallow vessel with a flared rim, perfect for serving colorful and vibrant cocktails.
What does a Coconut Margarita taste like?
A Coconut Margarita offers an enticing blend of flavors. The coconut cream's sweetness perfectly balances the lime juice's tartness, while the Tequila provides an underlying kick and the triple sec imparts a zesty undertone. It's creamy, tangy, and slightly sweet with a hint of tropical flair.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Coconut Margarita?
The standard ratio for a Coconut Margarita is 1 1/2 oz of Tequila, 1/2 oz of Triple Sec, 1 oz of Coconut Cream , and 1 oz Lime Juice. This ratio ensures that no single ingredient overpowers the others, resulting in a well-balanced cocktail.
How is a Coconut Margarita served with ice?
A Coconut Margarita is typically served over ice or "on the rocks." This serving method helps keep the cocktail chilled.

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