As a bartender, I've seen my fair share of drink trends come and go. But one combination that has stood the test of time is coconut milk and rum.
Whether you're lounging on a tropical beach or sipping a drink at a rooftop bar, this pairing never fails to transport you to an island paradise.
The creamy, nutty flavor of coconut milk perfectly complements the sweet, spiced notes of rum.
And the versatility of both ingredients means that there are countless ways to mix them up into a delicious cocktail.
But not all coconut milk and rum cocktails are created equal. Some are too sweet, others too boozy, and a few just miss the mark altogether.
That's why I've taken it upon myself to scour the internet, experiment with different recipes, and compile a list of the best coconut milk and rum cocktails out there.
So, whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a home bartender looking to impress your friends, read on for some inspiration on how to create the perfect coconut milk and rum concoction.
From classic piña coladas to innovative twists on the traditional recipe, there's something for everyone in this list. So grab your shaker, put on some island tunes, and let's get mixing!
1. Coconut Lime Daiquiri
The Coconut Lime Daiquiri is a refreshing and tropical cocktail that is perfect for those who love the taste of coconut and lime. This cocktail is made with only three simple ingredients – coconut rum, fresh lime juice, and coconut cream – and blended until smooth and creamy.
The result is a frothy and delicious drink that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. The combination of the sweet coconut and tangy lime creates a perfect balance of flavors that will leave you wanting more. If you are looking for a quick and easy cocktail that is sure to impress, the Coconut Lime Daiquiri is definitely worth trying.
2. Coconut Rum Milk Punch
The Coconut Rum Milk Punch is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves a tropical twist to their drinks. Made with Koloa Rum Company Kaua'i Coconut Rum, this cocktail has a light and fresh coconut flavor that doesn't overpower the drink. The coconut milk is steeped with vanilla and coconut sugar, giving it a decadent touch.
This cocktail can be served hot or cold, making it perfect for any occasion. The garnish of freshly grated nutmeg and shredded coconut adds an extra layer of flavor and texture to the drink. Overall, the Coconut Rum Milk Punch is a delicious and refreshing cocktail that will transport you to the beaches of Hawaii with every sip.
3. Coconut Mojito
The Coconut Mojito is a refreshing and tropical cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer day. This cocktail is made with coconut rum and coconut cream, which gives it a creamy and smooth texture. The lime adds a tangy and zesty flavor that balances out the sweetness of the coconut.
This cocktail is perfect for those who love fruity and tropical drinks. If you are looking for a fun and easy cocktail to make for your next backyard party or summer holiday, the Coconut Mojito is definitely worth trying.
4. Toasted Coconut Rum Cocktail
The Toasted Coconut Rum Cocktail is a perfect summer drink that will make you feel like you are on vacation. This sophisticated cocktail is a blend of toasted coconut rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, and coconut milk. The full-fat coconut milk adds a creamy texture and extra coconut flavor, while the agave syrup gives it a touch of sweetness.
The rim of the glass is garnished with toasted coconut, which adds a nice crunch and complements the flavors of the cocktail. The Kula toasted coconut rum is a top choice for this cocktail, but you can also use your favorite rum. If you are looking for a refreshing and delicious cocktail that will transport you to a tropical paradise, the Toasted Coconut Rum Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
5. Winter Sunshine Rum Cocktail
The Winter Sunshine Rum Cocktail is a refreshing and tropical twist on a classic Piña Colada. Made with Malibu Rum, coconut milk, and orange juice, this cocktail is perfect for those dreary winter days when you need a little taste of sunshine. The coconut flakes rimmed glass adds an extra touch of tropical flair.
The creamy texture and sweet, fruity flavors make this cocktail a must-try for any coconut and rum lover. It's an easy-to-make cocktail that will transport you to a sunny beach in no time. Don't miss out on this delicious and refreshing cocktail.
6. Cranberry Coconut Mojito
The Cranberry Coconut Mojito is a festive and indulgent cocktail that features classic mojito ingredients with a unique twist of full-fat coconut milk, coconut extract, and diet cranberry juice. It's a low-carb, low-calorie option that is also vegan-friendly.
The cocktail is creamy, rich, and decadent, with a beautiful pink color that is sure to impress your guests. Top it off with cranberries, shredded coconut, a lime wheel, and mint leaves for a gorgeous presentation.
7. Creamy Coconut Lime Mojito
The Creamy Coconut Lime Mojito is a refreshing and tropical cocktail that combines white and coconut rum with fresh lime and mint. The addition of coconut cream gives it a creamy texture, while ginger beer adds a fizzy and gingery kick.
The drink is topped off with a sweet lime sugar-rimmed glass, making it a perfect drink for a warm summer day or a tropical-themed party. This cocktail is easy to make with ingredients that are likely already in your pantry, making it a great choice for last-minute gatherings. If you're a fan of coconut and lime flavors, this drink is a must-try.
8. Chocolate Coconut Rum Cocktail
The Chocolate Coconut Rum Cocktail is a decadent and indulgent Caribbean-inspired drink that combines the flavors of chocolate, coconut, and rum. The cocktail is garnished with toasted coconut and a ganache-rimmed glass that adds an extra layer of richness to the drink.
The use of Brugal rum, which is a popular choice at the Choco Bar in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, gives the cocktail a unique and delicious flavor. The addition of Malibu adds a subtle coconut flavor that pairs perfectly with the chocolate and rum. Overall, the Chocolate Coconut Rum Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves rich and indulgent cocktails.
9. Coconut Mint Mojito
The Coconut Mint Mojito is a refreshing and balanced tropical cocktail that combines the flavors of coconut, lime, and mint. It's a perfect drink for those who want a less overwhelming sweetness in their tropical drinks. The cocktail is made with dark rum, coconut milk, lime juice, and fresh mint leaves.
It's a great option for those who want to indulge in a creamy and indulgent drink without adding too many calories. The use of real mint leaves gives the cocktail a unique and refreshing flavor. Overall, the Coconut Mint Mojito is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves tropical flavors and wants to try something new.
10. Coconut Milk Rum Julep With Fresh Mint
If you're looking for a refreshing and tropical cocktail, the Coconut Milk Rum Julep with Fresh Mint is a must-try. This cocktail is a twist on the classic mint julep, using white rum and coconut cream for a creamy and rich texture. The addition of fresh mint and lime juice adds a zesty and refreshing kick, making it perfect for a hot summer day.
What's great about this cocktail is that it uses pure coconut cream instead of artificially flavored coconut rums, giving it a natural and authentic taste. If you're not a big fan of coconut, don't worry, the coconut flavor is subtle and doesn't overpower the rum. Overall, the Coconut Milk Rum Julep with Fresh Mint is a delicious and unique cocktail that's definitely worth trying.
11. Piña Colada
The Piña Colada is a classic tropical cocktail made with rum, pineapple, and coconut milk. It's sweet, refreshing, and has a creamy texture.
The use of coconut milk adds a unique flavor, and the combination of light and dark rum creates a complex taste. It's a great choice for those who enjoy sweeter cocktails and is perfect for any occasion.
12. Lemon Coco-Chata Cocktail
The Lemon Coco-Chata Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves a creamy and luscious drink with a hint of bright lemony goodness. This cocktail is made with coconut milk, Limoncello, and RumChata, and is inspired by a friend's lemon coconut cake.
The addition of Limoncello adds a touch of sweetness to the drink, making it a perfect balance of flavors. The cocktail is garnished with fresh mint and a lemon slice, making it a feast for the eyes as well. If you're looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail that will transport you to a tropical paradise, the Lemon Coco-Chata Cocktail is the way to go.
Coquito is a Puerto Rican coconut rum cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. This thick and creamy drink is spiced with cinnamon and has a strong coconut flavor. It is often referred to as "Puerto Rican eggnog" but does not contain eggs.
The cocktail is made with coconut milk, cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and Puerto Rican rum. The best rum to use is Don Q, but Bacardi is a good substitute. Coquito is a versatile drink that can be made with different variations and personal touches. It is a must-try for coconut lovers and those who enjoy creamy Christmas drinks.
14. Frozen Coconut Mojito
The Frozen Coconut Mojito is a tropical and refreshing cocktail that combines the best of both worlds – the creamy texture of a Pina Colada and the zesty flavor of a classic Mojito. This drink is blended with ice, giving it a slushy consistency that makes it perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
The cocktail is made with coconut rum, which adds a sweet and nutty flavor to the mix, and is garnished with fresh mint leaves for a touch of freshness. If you're a fan of tropical drinks, this Frozen Coconut Mojito is a must-try. It's a perfect beverage to serve at a party or to enjoy on a lazy afternoon. Try it out and transport yourself to a tropical paradise!
15. Creamy Coconut White Russian
The Creamy Coconut White Russian is a holiday-inspired twist on the classic White Russian cocktail. It's made with a homemade cinnamon vanilla simple syrup, vodka, Kahlúa, creamy coconut milk, and a splash of coconut rum.
The combination of these ingredients creates a luscious and creamy texture with a hint of coffee and cinnamon flavors. The rim of sweet coconut and sugar, along with a cinnamon stick, makes for a festive presentation. It's a sweet and indulgent drink that's perfect for the holiday season.
16. Creamy Coconut Hibiscus Rum Cooler
The Creamy Coconut Hibiscus Rum Cooler is a delightful summer cocktail that will transport you to a tropical paradise. This cocktail is a perfect blend of sweet hibiscus flower tea, tangy lime juice, and warm spiced rum, all balanced out by the creamy coconut milk.
The combination of flavors is refreshing and satisfying, making it a great choice for any summer gathering. The garnishing options are also endless, from citrus wedges to fresh hibiscus flowers, making it a visually stunning cocktail. If you're looking for a new and exciting rum cocktail to try, the Creamy Coconut Hibiscus Rum Cooler is definitely worth a shot.
17. White Christmas Margarita
The White Christmas Margarita is a delightful and festive cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. Made with coconut milk and coconut rum, this cocktail has a rich and creamy texture that is sure to please any coconut lover.
The combination of sweet and tangy flavors makes it a refreshing and satisfying drink that can be enjoyed both as a single serving or in a pitcher for a larger party. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail to impress your guests this holiday season, the White Christmas Margarita is definitely worth a try. So, why not give it a shot and experience the joy of the holidays in a glass?
18. Refreshing Lime in the Coconut Cocktail
The Refreshing Lime in the Coconut Cocktail is a perfect summer drink that combines the tangy flavor of fresh lime juice with creamy coconut milk and crushed ice. It is a refreshing and frothy cocktail that can be enjoyed with or without rum. The cocktail is similar to a Brazilian Lemonade and is perfect for those who love tart drinks with a hint of sweetness.
The toasted coconut garnish adds a nice touch and makes it a perfect drink for any summer occasion. If you're looking for a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that will cool you off on a hot summer day, then the Lime in the Coconut Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
19. Hawaiian White Russian Cocktail
The Hawaiian White Russian Cocktail is a delightful twist on the classic White Russian, made with Koloa Coffee Rum and vodka, with a touch of canned coconut milk. The coffee rum adds a smooth and rich flavor to the cocktail, while the coconut milk gives it a creamy texture.
The cocktail is topped with coconut flakes, which add a fun crunch to the drink. This cocktail is perfect for those who love coffee and coconut flavors, and it is a must-try for anyone looking for a new twist on an old favorite.
20. Raspberry Colada Cocktail
The Raspberry Colada Cocktail is a refreshing and unique drink that combines the classic flavors of a piña colada with the tartness of raspberries. Made with coconut milk, rum, lime juice, and fresh or frozen pineapple, this cocktail is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day or for serving at your next backyard barbecue.
The frozen raspberries are pureed separately and used to paint the glass for a beautiful presentation. Garnish with raspberries, a pineapple wedge, or a pineapple leaf to complete the tropical vibe. Give the Raspberry Colada Cocktail a try and transport yourself to a tropical island paradise.
21. Rum Piña Colada
The Rum Piña Colada is a tropical delight that will transport you to a paradise beach with just one sip. Made with Bacardi rum, sweetened condensed coconut milk, and pineapple juice, this cocktail is sweet and creamy with a touch of nutmeg to add some spice. The crushed ice gives it a refreshing chill that's perfect for a hot summer day.
Garnished with pineapple wedges, maraschino cherries, and cute little drink umbrellas, this cocktail is not only delicious but also visually appealing. Whether you're enjoying a romantic date night or a fun gathering with friends, the Rum Piña Colada is the perfect addition to your cocktail menu.
22. Pineapple Cooler
Looking for a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that will transport you to a tropical paradise? Look no further than the Pineapple Cooler. This cocktail combines the sweet and tangy flavors of pineapple and lime with creamy coconut milk and rum for a deliciously refreshing drink that is perfect for a hot summer day.
The addition of coconut rum liqueur adds an extra layer of tropical flavor that will have you dreaming of white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Garnished with a fresh pineapple wedge and lime wedge, this cocktail is as beautiful as it is delicious. So why not whip up a batch of Pineapple Coolers and transport yourself to a tropical paradise today?
23. Pina Colada
If you're looking for a tropical cocktail that will transport you to a beach in the Caribbean, look no further than the classic Pina Colada. Made with coconut milk, pineapple, and rum, this cocktail is a refreshing and sweet treat that's perfect for sipping on a hot day. Traditionally made with cream of coconut, this recipe swaps it out for coconut milk, making it easier to find the ingredients you need.
The addition of Malibu rum adds an extra layer of coconut flavor that takes this cocktail to the next level. Whether you're lounging by the pool or dreaming of a tropical vacation, the Pina Colada is a must-try cocktail that's sure to satisfy your cravings for something sweet and delicious.
24. Batida De Coco
Batida De Coco is a classic Brazilian cocktail made with coconut milk and rum. It's a creamy and flavorful drink that's perfect for any party or gathering.
The combination of coconut milk and rum creates a smooth and refreshing texture, making it a great choice for a summer barbecue or a fun and festive drink. Give it a try and experience the tropical flavors of Brazil!
25. Blue Coconut Cocktail
The Blue Coconut Cocktail is a tropical drink that changes color from blue to purple when lime and pineapple juice are added. It's made with coconut rum infused with butterfly pea flowers, giving it a unique and stunning blue color.
The addition of coconut milk makes the drink creamy and smooth. It's a must-try for anyone who loves colorful and indulgent cocktails.
26. Jack Frost Cocktail
Looking for a winter cocktail that will impress your guests? Look no further than the Jack Frost Cocktail! This delicious drink is perfect for any holiday party, and takes just minutes to make. With a blend of pineapple juice, Blue Curacao liqueur, rum, and cream of coconut, this cocktail is sure to please any palate.
Plus, you can easily make it non-alcoholic by eliminating the rum and using a blue curacao syrup in place of the blue curacao. And if you're looking for a tasty treat to pair with your drink, try our Coconut Rum Balls! So why not whip up a batch of Jack Frost Cocktails for your next gathering and become everyone's new best friend?
27. Ponche De Coco
If you're a fan of coconut and rum, then you need to try Ponche De Coco. This Cape Verdean cocktail is made with coconut milk, condensed milk, and grogue (a type of liquor made from sugar cane), resulting in a sweet and creamy drink that's perfect for sipping on a hot day.
Ponche De Coco is traditionally served during the holidays in Cape Verde, but it's a refreshing and delicious drink that can be enjoyed year-round. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail to add to your repertoire, give Ponche De Coco a try.
28. Banana Daiquiri
The Banana Daiquiri is a delicious and refreshing cocktail that combines the sweetness of fresh bananas with the smoothness of coconut milk and the spiciness of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. This cocktail is perfect for those who love fruity and tropical flavors, and it's easy to make in just 5 minutes.
The combination of the ingredients creates a creamy and smooth texture that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. Whether you're hosting a party or just looking for a refreshing drink, the Banana Daiquiri is sure to be a hit. So, grab your blender and get ready to enjoy the best ever Banana Daiquiri!
29. Ackee Ponche De Creme
If you're looking for a unique twist on the classic Ponche de Creme cocktail, the Ackee Ponche De Creme is definitely worth trying. This eggless version of the Trinidadian favorite features the smooth and creamy texture of ackees, with subtle nutty notes that add a delicious complexity to the drink.
Unlike traditional Ponche de Creme, this recipe doesn't call for eggs, making it a great option for those with dietary restrictions or who prefer to avoid eggs in their cocktails. The addition of rum gives the cocktail a nice kick, while the absence of lime allows the other flavors to shine through. If you're a fan of coconut milk and rum cocktails, the Ackee Ponche De Creme is a must-try.
30. Piña Coladas
Piña Coladas are a tropical delight that have been Puerto Rico's national drink since the late seventies. This frozen cocktail is made with creamy coconut and tropical pineapple, and is a must-try for anyone who loves a refreshing and sweet drink. The drama surrounding the origin of the Piña Colada is hilarious, with competing claims from different bars and restaurants in Puerto Rico.
But what's not up for debate is the delicious combination of pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and rum that make up this classic cocktail. Whether you're sipping one at a posh hotel bar or a roadside kiosk, Piña Coladas are a must-try for any rum lover looking for a taste of the tropics.