Coconut Mojito Cocktail Drink

Coconut Mojito

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Check out this tropical twist to your usual drink! Our Coconut Mojito recipe is the answer! With a handful of ingredients, this cocktail is a breeze and a delight to sip.

Coconut Mojito Recipe

Experience the tropics with our Coconut Mojito recipe! Combining rum, luscious coconut, and tangy lime, this drink is summer's refreshing embrace.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

251 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz coconut cream
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Soda water, to top off
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • Lime slice and mint sprig, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Muddle Mint and Sugar: Add 1 tsp sugar and 6 fresh mint leaves to the glass. Using a muddler, press gently to release the mint's aroma. Avoid tearing the leaves.
  • Add Lime juice: Pour 1 oz lime juice into the glass.
  • Add Coconut cream: Pour in 1 oz coconut cream for that tropical flavor.
  • Add Rum: Pour 2 oz White Rum into the glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill your highball glass with either ice cubes or crushed ice.
  • Stir: Mix all the ingredients using a bar spoon.
  • Top with Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with Soda water.
  • Garnish: Add some ice if needed and adorn with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: I've sometimes switched out white rum for spiced rum when I'm in the mood for a spicier twist. And if you're looking for a smokier flavor, try using mezcal.
  • Coconut Cream: Coconut milk also works if you want a lighter consistency. For an intense coconut flavor, you could try coconut liqueur.
  • Lime Juice: In case of emergencies, lemon juice can step in. The flavor will be slightly different but still delicious.

Making a Pitcher of Coconut Mojito:

  • Scale: For a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. You'll need 16 oz of rum, 8 oz of coconut cream, 48 mint leaves, and 8 oz of lime juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the rum, coconut cream, muddled mint leaves, and lime juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled Highball glasses, top with soda water, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute or simply increase the amount of coconut cream and soda water.
  • Proceed As Usual: With the non-alcoholic substitute, follow the above-mentioned steps and enjoy a refreshing, alcohol-free Coconut Mojito.

Making it Vegan:

The standard Coconut Mojito recipe is already vegan-friendly. Ensure the sugar you use is vegan (not processed using bone char) and the coconut cream/milk brand has no non-vegan additives. Cheers to compassionate choices!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
251
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Sodium
 
54
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Potassium
 
165
mg
5
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Vitamin A
 
269
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
34
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Coconut Mojito Cocktail Drink

Coconut Mojito Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Experience the tropics with our Coconut Mojito recipe! Combining rum, luscious coconut, and tangy lime, this drink is summer's refreshing embrace.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 251

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz coconut cream
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Soda water - to top off
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • Lime slice and mint sprig - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Muddle Mint and Sugar: Add 1 tsp sugar and 6 fresh mint leaves to the glass. Using a muddler, press gently to release the mint's aroma. Avoid tearing the leaves.
  • Add Lime juice: Pour 1 oz lime juice into the glass.
  • Add Coconut cream: Pour in 1 oz coconut cream for that tropical flavor.
  • Add Rum: Pour 2 oz White Rum into the glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill your highball glass with either ice cubes or crushed ice.
  • Stir: Mix all the ingredients using a bar spoon.
  • Top with Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with Soda water.
  • Garnish: Add some ice if needed and adorn with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: I've sometimes switched out white rum for spiced rum when I'm in the mood for a spicier twist. And if you're looking for a smokier flavor, try using mezcal.
  • Coconut Cream: Coconut milk also works if you want a lighter consistency. For an intense coconut flavor, you could try coconut liqueur.
  • Lime Juice: In case of emergencies, lemon juice can step in. The flavor will be slightly different but still delicious.

Making a Pitcher of Coconut Mojito:

  • Scale: For a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. You'll need 16 oz of rum, 8 oz of coconut cream, 48 mint leaves, and 8 oz of lime juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the rum, coconut cream, muddled mint leaves, and lime juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled Highball glasses, top with soda water, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute or simply increase the amount of coconut cream and soda water.
  • Proceed As Usual: With the non-alcoholic substitute, follow the above-mentioned steps and enjoy a refreshing, alcohol-free Coconut Mojito.

Making it Vegan:

The standard Coconut Mojito recipe is already vegan-friendly. Ensure the sugar you use is vegan (not processed using bone char) and the coconut cream/milk brand has no non-vegan additives. Cheers to compassionate choices!

What is a Coconut Mojito?

Coconut Mojito is a twist on the classic Mojito cocktail that combines rum, lime, and mint with the creamy richness of coconut. This drink owes its unique flavor to the blend of these core ingredients. While traditional mojitos have long been favorites on cocktail menus, adding coconut brings a summery touch that many find irresistible. You might think a drink this good requires a professional touch, but a Coconut Mojito is deceptively simple.

A side shot of a Coconut Mojito cocktail in a highball glass on a coaster placed on a green cloth on a tiled surface surrounded by sugar cubes, a bar spoon, limes, a shaker, and a white cloth, in front of a light yellow wall.

What is a Coconut Mojito made of – The ingredients

The following are the ingredients found in a Coconut Mojito:

  • Rum: The primary alcohol that gives the cocktail its kick and foundational flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a tartness, balancing the sweetness and highlighting the rum.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: Infuse the drink with a cool, aromatic freshness.
  • Coconut Cream: Introduces a creamy, tropical note to the classic mojito.
  • Sugar or Simple Syrup: Sweetens the cocktail, complementing the tang of lime and bitterness of mint.
  • Soda Water: Elevates the drink with a bubbly, effervescent finish.
  • Ice: Chills the cocktail, ensuring it’s refreshing from the first sip to the last.

White Rum, coconut cream, lime juice, sugar and mint laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Coconut Mojito?

Discover the joy of making a Coconut Mojito with our easy-to-follow steps:
1
Add sugar (or simple syrup) to the glass.

Add sugar (or simple syrup) to the glass.

2
Drop some fresh mint leaves into the glass.

Drop some fresh mint leaves into the glass.

3
Using a muddler, gently press the mint leaves to release their aroma without tearing them.

Using a muddler, gently press the mint leaves to release their aroma without tearing them.

4
Pour in the lime juice, ensuring it mixes with the muddled mint and sugar.

Pour in the lime juice, ensuring it mixes with the muddled mint and sugar.

5
Pour in the coconut cream with the other ingredients to introduce that tropical flavor.

Pour in the coconut cream with the other ingredients to introduce that tropical flavor.

6
Add the rum to the mixture to the glass.

Add the rum to the mixture to the glass.

7
Fill your highball glass with ice.

Fill your highball glass with ice.

8
Stir the mixture using a bar spoon to ensure all the flavors meld together.

Stir the mixture using a bar spoon to ensure all the flavors meld together.

9
Top off the cocktail with soda water, adding an effervescent touch.

Top off the cocktail with soda water, adding an effervescent touch.

10
For a final touch, garnish the drink with an additional mint sprig or a slice of lime, then serve and enjoy.

For a final touch, garnish the drink with an additional mint sprig or a slice of lime, then serve and enjoy.

11
Enjoy your Coconut Mojito!

Enjoy your Coconut Mojito!

What is a Frozen Coconut Mojito?

Frozen Coconut Mojito is a chilled variation of the classic Coconut Mojito. Instead of being served over ice, it blends the ingredients with crushed ice until they reach a smooth, slushy consistency. This rendition offers a creamier texture and a colder, more refreshing experience. It combines the usual components: white rum, coconut cream, fresh lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar, resulting in a frosty tropical beverage perfect for cooling down on hot days.

How do I make a Coconut Mojito Mocktail?

The Coconut Mojito Mocktail is a non-alcoholic version of the Coconut Mojito. It captures the refreshing blend of coconut, lime, and mint flavors without including rum. By omitting the alcohol, this beverage offers a tropical and refreshing taste that can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages, making it a popular choice for gatherings where guests prefer alcohol-free options.

A Coconut Mojito cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a coaster placed on a green cloth on a tiled surface surrounded by a bar spoon, a lime and a shot glass with sugar.

Which Rum can I use for my Coconut Mojito?

When crafting a Coconut Mojito, the choice of rum plays a pivotal role. White rum is the go-to for this drink, offering a clean, subtle backdrop that doesn’t overshadow the coconut and lime’s vibrant flavors. Bacardi and Havana Club are two trusted names in the white rum category; they mix well and provide that quintessential rum kick without overpowering. If you want to elevate your Coconut Mojito, try Diplomático Blanco. It’s a slightly upscale option, but its smooth profile and delicate notes can take your mojito experience up a notch. Remember, while the coconut and lime are the stars, a good rum can make all the difference.

Coconut Mojito with Vodka

Vodka brings a clean, neutral profile, making it a versatile substitute. This switch emphasizes the coconut and lime flavors, giving them room to shine. When selecting a vodka, quality counts. Brands like Absolut and Smirnoff are reliable picks, but if you aim for a smoother sip, consider splurging on Grey Goose or Belvedere. These premium vodkas offer a refined taste that complements the tropical vibes of the mojito. So, next time you’re feeling adventurous, give vodka a shot in your Coconut Mojito. It might just become your new favorite twist.

A side shot of a Coconut Mojito cocktail in a highball glass on a coaster placed on a green cloth on a tiled surface surrounded by sugar cubes, a bar spoon, limes, a shot glass with sugar, a plant, and a white cloth, in front of a light yellow wall.

Variations

Seeking additional variety? Consider these favorites from our collection:

  • Pineapple Coconut Mojito: This blend introduces the sweetness and tang of pineapple, complementing the creamy coconut base. The addition of pineapple enhances the tropical essence, making it an ideal refreshment for a sunny day. I enjoy the interplay of pineapple’s sweetness with the coconut’s richness; it’s like a burst of summer in every sip.
  • Coconut Water Mojito: This one offers a lighter, more hydrating experience by replacing traditional soda water with coconut water. The coconut water amplifies the coconut flavor while making it a less calorie-dense option. I appreciate the subtle, natural sweetness of coconut water in this blend; it feels both refreshing and guilt-free.
  • Strawberry Mojito: Incorporates fresh strawberries, lending a fruity and slightly tart twist. The strawberries infuse a vibrant red hue and a naturally sweet flavor, creating a visually appealing and deliciously refreshing choice. The juiciness of strawberries here is what I love; it adds a delightful berry burst that perfectly balances the mint and lime.
  • Blueberry Mojito: This one brings in the unique, sweet, and slightly tart flavor of blueberries. The blueberries, when muddled, release their deep blue color, making the drink not only flavorful but also visually striking. I’m particularly drawn to the rich, earthy sweetness of blueberries, which adds a depth of flavor that’s both comforting and invigorating.
  • Peach Mojito: Features the succulent and sweet flavor of ripe peaches. The peach adds a juicy, fragrant quality to the traditional ingredients, creating a drink that’s both aromatic and delightfully sweet. I’m enchanted by the lush, summery essence of peaches in this creation; their sweet, nectar-like quality makes every sip feel like a treat.

A Coconut Mojito cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a coaster placed on a green cloth on a tiled surface surrounded by a bar spoon, a lime and a shot glass with sugar.

History and Origin

The Coconut Mojito doesn’t have a singular point of origin, but rather, it stems from the evolution and adaptation of the classic Mojito. Let’s delve into the roots:

The Mojito traces its origins to Havana, Cuba. As early as the 16th century, an early version of this drink called “El Draque” honored the English sea captain and pirate Sir Francis Drake. His drink combined aguardiente (a precursor to rum), sugar, lime, and mint for medicinal purposes. With time, as rum production improved, aguardiente found a replacement in the smoother, distilled version of rum we know today.

Cuba’s rich cultural tapestry, influenced by indigenous Taíno people, the Spanish colonists, African traditions, and various other immigrant groups, played a pivotal role in shaping its cocktail culture. The Mojito became deeply ingrained in Cuban culture with its refreshing combination of sweetness, citrus, and mint. It was popularized in the 20th century, especially with endorsements from famous personalities like Ernest Hemingway.

The coconut variation likely emerged from the desire to blend the island’s abundant natural resources with its rich cocktail traditions. Coconut, a staple in tropical regions like the Caribbean, naturally found its way into various culinary and beverage concoctions. Integrating coconut into the Mojito marries the tropical richness of coconut with the refreshing zest of the classic Mojito.

Over time, as the Mojito gained global popularity and tropical flavors became trendy in cocktail bars worldwide, the Coconut Mojito started gaining traction as a beloved summer beverage. While it’s challenging to pinpoint the exact moment or place where the drink was first concocted, it represents the global evolution of mixology, where classic meets innovation.

A Coconut Mojito cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a white marmol table surrounded by white Rum, coconut cream, lime juice, mint and sugar.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Coconut Mojito?
It has approximately 150-250 calories, depending on the specific ingredients and quantities used.
What is the ABV (Alcohol by Volume) of a Coconut Mojito?
The ABV typically ranges between 10-15%, depending on the ratio of rum to other ingredients.
What is the proof of a Coconut Mojito?
Given that most rums used are around 80 proof, and considering dilution with other ingredients, the final drink usually stands around 20-30 proof.
Which alcohol is primarily used in a Coconut Mojito?
White rum is the primary alcohol.
In what type of glass is a Coconut Mojito usually served?
It's typically served in a highball glass.
What does a Coconut Mojito taste like?
The cocktail offers a refreshing blend of sweet and creamy coconut, tangy lime, cool mint, and the warmth of rum.
How is the ratio of ingredients determined in a Coconut Mojito?
Generally, it has 6-10 mint leaves, two parts rum, one part coconut cream and lime juice, sweetened to taste, and then topped with soda water.
Can I use Gin for a Coconut Mojito?
You can use gin, but it will introduce a botanical flavor profile to the drink.
Does Malibu Rum go well in a Coconut Mojito?
Yes, Malibu Rum, with its coconut flavor, complements and enhances the taste of the drink.

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