This Coconut Mojito is a fun twist on the classic Cuban cocktail, made with coconut, fresh mint, lime juice, simple syrup and silver rum. It's as beautiful to look at as it is tasty, and brings the flavor of a tropical island to your kitchen in just 5 minutes.
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This coconut infused version of the classic mint and lime cocktail is the perfect summer cocktail.
Here's everything you'll need to make a coconut mojito:
- mint leaves
- lime juice (freshly squeezed), plus 1 lime cut into slices
- coconut cream or water
- silver rum
- simple syrup
- a splash of sparkling water to finish
See recipe card for quantities.
Muddle. Add half of the mint with a few slices of lime and muddle in a glass.
Hint: if using coconut cream or milk, whisk or run through a mesh strainer to make sure it's smooth, creamy, and clump free before using.
Add ice, lime juice, coconut cream or water, rum, simple syrup, and mix well.
Serve. Top with sparkling water, a slice of lime and fresh mint.
Coconut in Cocktails
These are your options for incorporating coconut into your mojito:
- Coconut Cream - using cream means the consistency will be significantly thicker, causing a thicker overall cocktail. You will definitely want to whisk the solid cream in with any liquid water in the can, before running through a mesh strainer to remove any clumps.
- Coconut Milk - coconut milk can come in a can that usually separates into solid cream and water, or it can be found at the grocery store as a liquid. If using the liquid, you don't need to strain it. If using the can, I recommend whisking together a bit of the solid cream with some of the water, then running through a mesh strainer.
- Coconut Water - while this option results in a visually lackluster mojito (no white color like you get from the milk or cream), it's just as delicious and refreshing.
You can also buy this coconut cream online; it's manufactured specifically for using in coconut cocktails.
The best garnishes hint to the main ingredients in a cocktail.
Here are the best options for a coconut mojito:
- a slice of lime - sliced thinly and sat on the brim of a glas
- shredded coconut - just wet the rim of a glass with lime and dip in shredded coconut
- fresh mint - a generous sprig of fresh mint hits the nose every time you take a drink and never disappoints
Other Tropical Cocktails We Love
All of my favorite cocktails include tropical fruit, so let's dive right in:
- Traditional Mojito - the classic Cuban cocktail that inspired this coconut mojito
- Pineapple Mojito - a bit of pineapple flavor adds to the fresh mint and lime juice in a sweet and tangy way
- Pina Coladas - this blended Puerto Rican cocktail is a global sensation thanks to the classic pairing of coconut and pineapple
- Pina Colada on the Rocks - this spin on the blended drink is super easy to make and delicious every time
- Jungle Bird - this Campari based cocktail takes pineapple juice and lime and creates a truly colorful drink
- Chi Chi Drink - this vodka based drink spins off the pina colada with coconut and pineapple
Also check out these spicy strawberry margaritas for a sweet and spicy drink!
To make a simple syrup, combine 2 parts sugar to 1 part scolding hot water and mix until the sugar dissolves completely. Cool before using.
To make a mint and/or coconut infused simple syrup, toss a few mint leaves or a few teaspoons of shredded coconut in a pot with sugar and water over medium low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then cool before straining and using.
Coconut Mojitos for a Crowd
These coconut mojitos are super easy to make for a crowd.
Here are the measurements for making a pitcher:
- 50 mint leaves
- 1 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed), plus 1 lime cut into slices
- 1 cup coconut cream, milk, or water
- 2 cups silver rum
- 1 cup simple syrup
- a bottle of sparkling water to finish
- ice to serve
- garnish: additional mint, coconut flakes, or lime slices
If making a pitcher, make sure to serve over ice instead of mixing the ice into the pitcher. This helps prevent the mojitos from getting watered down.
What to Eat it With
One of my favorite Puerto Rican snacks (that's also commonly found in Cuban cuisine) to enjoy with tropical cocktails like this one is plantains!
Here are some fun plantain recipes to enjoy with a coconut mojito:
- tostones (crispy fried green plantains)
- alcapurria (stuffed fried plantain fritters)
- maduros (sweet fried plantains)
- plantain fries
- mofongo (mashed plantains)
To make this cocktail you will need a muddler. If you don't have one, feel free to use the handle of a wooden spoon or utensil!
If you're anything like me, cocktails can be pretty hit-or-miss depending on the ingredients, the bartender, and the type of liquor used.
That's why my top tip when making mojitos (or any cocktail for that matter) is to use the recipe as a loose guide.
Make sure to taste and adjust the ingredients to your liking before cleaning up so that you actually enjoy your drink.
A splash of additional lime juice and/or simple syrup can really tame that intense alcohol flavor, while an ounce of additional rum can amp things up if that's what you're looking for.
Don't be scared to experiment and adjust to your liking!