If you want a drink that evokes pleasant days on a tropical island, you can’t go wrong with coconut vodka. It’s simply vodka infused with coconut flavor, but it makes for some great cocktails to really get you into that sunny mood.
What can I mix coconut vodka into?
What are cocktail parties without mixed drinks? Coconut vodka’s flavor makes it a fitting choice for cocktails on the beach or at summer parties. Though, it’s really timeless like the Piña Colada. Wherever it’s had, coconut vodka plays a significant role in concocting some of the best cocktails ever!
Let’s kick off this list with a classic. Mix 1 part coconut vodka with 1 part pineapple juice, blend with ice and garnish with more juice and cherry. It’s a quick trip to the tropics and a quicker way to satisfy your cocktail craving.
Ciroc Coco Light Martini
Ciroc shares lots of cocktail recipes (no complaints here). This one’s quite fancy, being one of the official cocktails served at the 86th Oscars Governors Ball in 2014. It incorporates 1 ½ oz unsweetened coconut water, 1 ½ oz coconut vodka, 1 oz pineapple juice, ¼ oz fresh lime juice, and some ice cubes into a shaker. Strain the mixture into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist for some classy sipping.
This one’s perfect as a summer drink. Blend ½ oz blue curaçao, ½ oz cream of coconut, ½ cup ice, 2 oz coconut vodka, ½ cup fresh pineapple and a scoop of vanilla ice cream until smooth. Adjust until you get the texture you want. If you want something sweet, try this with 60 proof coconut vodkas such as Skinnygirl or Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut.
Ciroc Holiday Spice Cocktail
Another recipe by Ciroc Vodka, this incorporates flavors of winter and summer in one refreshing drink. Combine 1 oz milk, 1 egg white, and a dash each of cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice with ½ oz cream of coconut cream, ¼ oz pineapple juice and 1 ½ oz coconut vodka. Shake vigorously and top with the same spices.
Death by Chocolate
Indulge yourself by blending 1 cup crushed ice, 1 oz chocolate syrup, 1 oz coffee liqueur, 1 oz dark crème de cacao liqueur, 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream and 1 oz coconut vodka. Garnish with whipped cream and maraschino cherries. Use 70 proof coconut vodka like New Amsterdam or Pinnacle if you prefer a stronger alcohol kick. Just don’t down it one go. It’s named the way it is for a reason.
This stronger variation of the piña colada is from Van Gogh Vodka. Just mix 1 oz pineapple vodka, 1 oz coconut vodka and ½ oz pineapple juice in a shaker. Pour into a two-once shot glass and see who among your friends could down the most shots in 30 seconds.
These are just some drinks you can mix yourself. There are lots of other great recipes at The Spruce Eats. You can always experiment to find the perfect cocktail for the occasion.
What goes well with coconut vodka?
Due to coconut’s delicate flavor, coconut vodka is generally lighter on the alcohol. This makes this flavored vodka ideal for highball drinks.
Still, different brands carry different flavor profiles. Some brands have a more prominent vodka flavor which can be toned down with fruit mixes. Other vodkas are sweeter and are great ingredients for dessert drinks.
Since it’s coconut-y, it goes well with fruit juices. Citrus tastes such as lemon and orange add lightness to this drink. Refreshing tastes such as mango and pineapple complement it. Some also mix it with ginger ale.
Those who can’t tolerate the vodka flavor indulge in this drink by throwing in some coconut cream to mask the vodka. Some throw in decadent chocolate, vanilla or caramel to appease their sweet tooth.
If you aren’t down for additional calories, go on the rocks with no added flavors. It’s a great way to just appreciate the delicate coconut hint married into your vodka fix.
Whichever way you prefer it, coconut vodka is a great addition to your personal bar. Drink it with friends or alone; just do it responsibly.