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21 Coconut Rum Drink Recipes That Are Irresistibly Easy

Karen Frazier
Pinacolada cocktail in a fresh coconut

Coconut rum drinks give you a taste of the tropics all year around. So if you'd like to feel like you're on a tropical vacation even when you're chilling at home, try mixing up one of these mixed drinks containing coconut rum.

13 Coconut Rum Cocktail Recipes

Coconut rum is as versatile as it is delicious. The most well-known brand is Malibu Rum, but many other distillers make delicious coconut rum that's readymade for tasty tropical-themed tiki cocktails.

1. Blue Hawaiian Drink Recipe With Coconut Rum

A traditional blue Hawaiian cocktail gets its vivid blue color from blue curaçao and its tiki drink status from white rum, but you can also make a delicious blue Hawaiian mixed drink using coconut rum.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½ ounces coconut rum
  • ¾ ounce blue curaçao
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the pineapple juice, lemon juice, coconut rum, and blue curaçao.
  2. Add ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a tiki glass or Collins glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with the pineapple wedge and cherry.
Blue Hawaiian cocktail

2. Coconut Aviation Cocktail

A traditional aviation cocktail is made with gin, crème de violette, maraschino liqueur, and lemon juice, and it has an eye-appealing violet color. This version retains the violet hue but replaces the maraschino liqueur with coconut rum for a tropical edge.

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce coconut rum
  • ¼ ounce crème de violette
  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • Ice
  • Lemon wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or a coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemon juice, coconut rum, crème de violette, and gin.
  3. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the prepared martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Coconut Aviation Cocktail

3. Miami Vice

Fans of 80s television probably remember Miami Vice, and this cocktail evokes the flavors and colors that were part of the show's aesthetic. The Miami Vice mixed drink is a layered frozen cocktail with layers of piña colada and strawberry daiquiri. It's sweet, tropical, and refreshing.

Miami Vice Cocktail

4. Coconut Sunrise

With vibrant orange and red hues, this delicious and colorful drink is a variation on the traditional tequila sunrise.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1½ ounces coconut rum
  • Ice
  • ½ ounce grenadine

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the orange juice and coconut rum.
  2. Add ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass or hurricane glass filled with ice.
  4. Top with the grenadine. Don't stir.
Coconut sunrise cocktail on the beach

5. Piña Colada

The piña colada is made with white rum and coconut cream, but you can increase the coconutty flavor by using coconut rum in place of the white rum in the recipe. Follow a standard piña colada recipe but use coconut rum in place of white rum as a direct substitution to make this tropical favorite.

Woman holding pina colada cocktail and enjoying the view

6. Coconut Paloma

The paloma is a classic Mexican cocktail made with tequila and grapefruit soda. This variation uses fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, and coconut rum along with a sweet/salty rim.

Ingredients

  • 1 grapefruit wedge
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 1 ounce blanco tequila
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces club soda or soda water

Instructions

  1. Run the grapefruit wedge around the rim of a rocks or Collins glass.
  2. On a small plate, stir the salt and sugar together. Dip the glass into the mixture to rim it. Scoop ice into the glass.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine the grapefruit juice, rum, and tequila.
  4. Add ice and shake to chill.
  5. Strain into the prepared glass. Top with soda water. Stir gently.
  6. Garnish with the grapefruit wedge.
Cocktail sparkling pink Paloma

7. Coco-Lime Spritz

Similar to a vodka-soda-lime classic cocktail, the cocoa lime spritz is a simple, light, and refreshing cocktail that's easy to mix.

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1½ ounces coconut rum
  • Ice
  • Club soda
  • Lime wedges for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice and coconut rum.
  2. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.
  4. Top with the club soda and stir.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.
A slice of lime with ice in a sparkling drink

8. Coconut Aperol Spritz

Aperol is a bitter Italian liqueur used as an aperitivo. It has a beautiful, sunset color that makes gorgeous mixed drinks. Coconut rum adds a sweetly tropical flavor to the classic Aperol spritz.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • ½ ounce Aperol
  • 2 ounces Prosecco
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces club soda or soda water
  • Orange peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks or wine glass, combine the coconut rum, Aperol, Prosecco, and ice. Stir to mix.
  2. Add the soda water. Garnish with an orange peel.
Coconut Spritz and wine on a table

9. Tropical White Sangria

Sangria is a popular Spanish wine punch that is a perennial summer favorite. It's perfect for parties and crowds. If you love sangria, and you're looking for a tropical version, you'll love this coconutty punch. It yields about ten 8-ounce servings.

Ingredients

  • 750 mL fruity white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Muscat Canelli
  • 1 cup coconut rum
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups pineapple chunks
  • 4 cups soda water
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients. Stir.
  2. Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving. Stir before serving.
White sangria with coconut

10. Choco-Coco Mudslide

This frozen blender drink is a coconutty desert in a glass that's a variation on the classic frozen mudslide.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 2 ounces RumChata
  • 1 ounces Kahlúa
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream and chocolate syrup for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the coconut rum, RumChata, Kahlúa, heavy cream, and vanilla ice cream. Blend.
  2. Pour into a milkshake glass and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
Choco-Coco Mudslide

11. Ginger Coco-Cucumber Cooler

Sweet, refreshing, spicy, and lightly tropical, this cocktail offers an exciting blend of flavors.

Ingredients

  • 3 cucumber slices, plus additional for garnish
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce ginger simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces coconut rum
  • Ice
  • Club soda

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber slices with the lime juice.
  2. Add the ginger simple syrup, coconut rum, and ice. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top off with club soda and stir.
  4. Garnish with additional cucumber slices.
Fresh coconut and ginger cocktail

12. Green Hawaiian

A green Hawaiian is melon and coconut variation of the blue Hawaiian using Midori melon flavored liqueur for both color and flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1½ ounces coconut rum
  • 1 ounce Midori
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the pineapple juice, lemon juice, coconut rum, and Midori.
  2. Add ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a hurricane glass.
  4. Garnish with the pineapple wedge and cherry.
Green Hawaiian Cocktail

13. Coconut Mojito

A classic mojito is made with white rum, syrup, mint, and fresh lime juice. This version adds a little tropical flare.

Ingredients

  • 6 mint leaves
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces coconut rum
  • Ice
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Lime wedges and mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 6 mint leaves with the lime juice and simple syrup.
  2. Add the coconut rum and ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice.
  4. Add the club soda and stir gently.
  5. Garnish with lime wedges and additional mint leaves.
Coconut mojito in a bar

4 Coconut Rum Shooters

Shooters are a great way to enjoy coconut rum, and they're quick and simple to make.

1. Piña Colada Jello Shots

Jello shots are a fun variation on cocktails, and coconut rum makes fantastic jell-shots because it blends so well with the various flavors of gelatin. Blending it with pineapple gelatin and pineapple juice makes a tasty Piña Colada flavored version. This makes 12 (2-ounce) shots.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 (3-ounce) box pineapple flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup coconut rum
  • 12 jello shot cups

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the pineapple juice on low heat until it simmers.
  2. Put the gelatin in a bowl and pour the hot pineapple juice over it. Whisk to mix.
  3. Add the coconut rum.
  4. Pour into the jello shot cups and refrigerate for four hours to set before serving.
Shot glass with alcohol on a dark background

2. Coconut Café au Lait Shooter

Looking for a creamy, easy shot with plenty of coconut flavor? Try the coconut café au lait shooter.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce Kahlúa
  • ½ ounce RumChata
  • ½ ounce coconut rum

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into a shot glass. If you wish, you can layer it by pouring each layer over the back of a spoon.

Cafe-au-lait shot

3. Melon Coconut Shooter

This bright green shooter is a sweet combination of melon and coconut.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce Midori
  • ½ ounce coconut rum
  • ½ ounce dark rum
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake to chill.
  2. Strain into a shot glass.
Multi-color liquors on shot glasses

4. Coconut Cherry Bomb

Coconut and cherry also makes for a tasty, sweet shot.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce coconut rum
  • ½ ounce white rum
  • ½ ounce maraschino liqueur
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients. Shake to chill.
  2. Strain into a shot glass.
Hand Holding a Coconut cherry bomb

4 Simple Coconut Rum Drinks

With just a few ingredients and easy processes, coconut rum drinks don't need to be complicated. Enjoy these easy to make and even easier to drink coconut rum cocktails.

1. Coconut Lemonade

Sometimes simple is best, and it doesn't get much simpler than coconut lemonade. For best results, start with freshly made lemonade. For even more coconut flavor, use coconut water in place of the water in the lemonade.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces freshly made lemonade
  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • Ice
  • Lemon wheel and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemonade and rum.
  2. Add ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig.
Two glasses of Coconut Lemonade

2. Coconut-Lime Daiquiri

A daiquiri is simply a rum sour made with lime, and it's a refreshing choice. This version replaces white rum with coconut rum for an additional tropical twist.

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounces lime juice
  • ¾ ounces simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces coconut rum
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, simple syrup, and rum.
  2. Add ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
White cocktail with lime and coconut

3. Coconut Rum and Pineapple Juice

Two ingredients plus ice - it's as easy as that. It's best to mix this in a cocktail shaker to help the alcohol blend with the juice.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients. Shake to chill.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass. Add ice if you wish.
Coconut rum and pineapple juice in a glass

4. Coconut Cuba Libre

The Cuba libre, or rum and coke, is a classic, easy cocktail. This version simply replaces the white rum with coconut rum.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces cola
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the coconut rum and lime juice. Add ice and shake to chill.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Pour in the cola.
  3. If desired, garnish with a lime wheel.
Coconut Cuba Libre and Fine Cuban Cigar

What Mixes Well With Coconut Rum

You can also make your own simple cocktails by knowing what flavors blend well with coconut rum. Try mixing it with:

  • Ginger ale
  • Ginger beer
  • Club soda
  • Lemonade or limeade
  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Guava juice
  • RumChata
  • Bailey's
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Cola

Tasty Coconut Rum Mixed Drinks

Coconut is a versatile flavor that can take a run-of-the-mill drink from ordinary to extraordinary. So if you're looking for drinks with a tropical flare, reach for a bottle of coconut rum.

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21 Coconut Rum Drink Recipes That Are Irresistibly Easy