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Coconut Margarita

This Coconut Margarita is refreshing, sweet and tangy. It's made with a few simple ingredients and comes together in a few minutes. It's a tropical drink that has a toasted coconut rim.

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two coconut margaritas that are rimmed with toasted coconut and topped with a dried lime slice.

why you’ll love this recipe

  • This Coconut Margarita is refreshing and full of tropical flavors.
  • It comes together in just a few minutes and will have you feeling like you’re on a beach!
  • Has a toasted coconut rim for an added boost of flavor.
  • Perfectly sweet, tangy and full of zesty flavor.
  • Made with only tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, cream of coconut and a touch of honey.
  • This cocktail is great for any gathering and perfect for summer.
  • Check out this cucumber margarita for another great cocktail recipe!

ingredients and Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for this Coconut Margarita. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this page for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

You must use cream of coconut and not coconut cream. I have tried it with both ingredients and the cream of coconut is far better.

Triple sec is an orange liqueur that adds a fruity flavor in mixed drinks, alternatively you can use cointreau.

Use fresh lime juice for best results, or you can use lime juice from a jar.

A touch of honey adds a sweet and subtle flavor that pairs perfectly with the tequila. Or you can use maple syrup or simple syrup.

You can use any type of tequila such as reposado or blanco, I personally love casamigos for this recipe.

how to make

ONE: Start by toasting the coconut on the stovetop, oven or air fryer.

TWO: In a cocktail shaker, add in all the ingredients with a handful of ice. Add on the lid and shake vigorously until the ingredients are well combined.

THREE: Next, rim a glass by dipping it in honey and then coating it in the toasted coconut. Fill it with ice and then pour the mixture over and enjoy!

Tips and tricks

Use cream of coconut and not coconut cream. There will be a big difference in the cocktail.

To make this recipe vegan use maple syrup instead of honey.

Shake ingredients vigorously for 30 seconds to ensure everything is well incorporated.

Before juicing the lime, firmly roll it on the countertop under the palm of your hand. This helps get the juices flowing. Use a lime juicer for best results.

You can add more sweetener or coconut cream for a sweeter margarita.

How to serve and store

Serve this coconut margarita over ice and with a toasted coconut rim.

This drink is best served immediately, if making a big batch add in the ice last.

and overhead shot of two of the coconut margaritas with toasted coconut on the side and a dried lime slice on top.

Taste

This coconut margarita is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. It has a lovely tropical flavor, it’s strong but not overpowering at all. The toasted coconut on the rim adds a lovely texture and flavor.

frequently asked questions

How do you toast coconut for the rim of the glass?

You can toast it on the stovetop, in the oven or in the air fryer. On the stove, add the shredded unsweetened coconut to a pan and watch it carefully. Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Alternatively you can bake it in the oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper at 350F for 3-5 minutes.

How can I make a big batch?

You can make a pitcher of this coconut margarita, just be sure to store the ice separately.

Can I use coconut cream instead of cream of coconut?

Yes, absolutely. However, I have tested it with both and I much prefer the cream of coconut. It’s much sweeter and have a better taste. If opting for canned coconut, you will need to add in much more sweetener.

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Coconut Margarita

This Coconut Margarita is refreshing, sweet and tangy. It's made with a few simple ingredients and comes together in a few minutes. It's a tropical drink that has a toasted coconut rim.
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
3 minutes
COOK TIME:
2 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
5 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

FOR THE RIM

  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Honey or agave

DRINK

  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp honey, agave or maple syrup
  • 1 oz cream of coconut
  • 2 oz casamigos tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • Ice

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

1 cocktail

Directions

  1. Start by toasting the coconut on the stovetop, oven or air fryer.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add in all the ingredients with a handful of ice. Add on the lid and shake vigorously until the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Next, rim a glass by dipping it in honey and then coating it in the toasted coconut. Fill it with ice and then pour the mixture over and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use cream of coconut and not coconut cream. There will be a big difference in the cocktail.
  • To make this recipe vegan use maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Before juicing the lime, firmly roll it on the countertop under the palm of your hand. This helps get the juices flowing. Use a lime juicer for best results.
  • You can add more sweetener or coconut cream for a sweeter margarita.

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