This coconut water mocktail is a copycat of a drink I got on our babymoon in Hawaii. It's super refreshing, healthy-ish, and full of summer flavors like coconut and lemonade. The whipped coconut cream on top makes it feel super indulgent and fancy. I almost don't even miss the alcohol.
This mocktail is perfect for summer. Coconut water has electrolytes, so it's super hydrating without all the crap that's in sports drinks, and it gives this mocktail a piña colada vibe. I also added a splash of lemonade, a quintessential summer flavor.
If you're looking for a cocktail, try adding a splash of rum to this recipe, or check out our skinny orange grapefruit margarita, another great summer drink option (don't worry, we've included a mocktail option for that recipe, too).
- Coconut water
- Canned coconut cream - Make sure you buy coconut cream and not coconut milk, which is thinner and more of a liquid. You can usually find coconut cream in the canned fruit and vegetable aisle or in the international aisle at the grocery store. We use Thai Kitchen coconut cream because our grocery store carries it, it whips well, and it has a subtle (not overwhelming) coconut flavor. I would not recommend Trader Joe's coconut cream because it has a super overwhelming flavor and doesn't whip well.
- Limes or lime juice
- Vanilla extract
- Lemonade - I like Simply Lemonade, but you can make your own or use your favorite brand.
See recipe card for quantities.
First, we lightly whip our coconut cream. It's a lot like making dairy whipped cream, but there's no need to get super stiff peaks here--you can tell my peaks are pretty soft in the picture below. To make it, empty the solid contents of your coconut cream into a mixing bowl, discarding any liquid. Mix with a hand mixer on high for 1-2 minutes, or until soft peaks start to form. Then add honey and vanilla, and mix until thoroughly combined.
Next, combine ice, coconut water, and half of the coconut whipped cream in a large jar with a lid or a cocktail shaker (I like to use a quart-sized Mason jar) and shake until the contents are mixed and the top is foamy (works best if you do a little dance while you shake). Then top with lemonade and stir to combine.
Dump the contents of the jar into two separate glasses with ice and top with a dollop of the remaining coconut cream. Garnish with a lemon, lime, or pineapple wedge and enjoy immediately!
Hint: This drink looks super cute served in a tiki glass or Mason jar.
Frequently asked questions
Coconut water is exactly what it sounds like: the liquid that's found inside of a coconut. It's low in sugar and calories and has electrolytes, which makes it great for staying hydrated on a hot summer day.
Coconut water is just the liquid inside of a coconut. Coconut cream is a combination of coconut meat and coconut water, so it's higher in fat than plain coconut water and takes on a solid form.
It is! It's made with coconut cream instead of dairy cream, so it's totally free of dairy.
- Make it a cocktail - I'm currently pregnant and trying to navigate summer without alcohol, so I made this a mocktail, but that doesn't mean you have to. Add a shot (or two) of your favorite rum to make this into a healthier piña colada-inspired cocktail.
- Replace the lemonade - This is also great with limeade if that's more your speed.