This coconut margarita has the familiar flavors of a traditional margarita with coconut tequila and coconut cream added for a tropical flair. Serve this creamy, chilled, sweet cocktail poolside, at a party, or during your next Taco Tuesday!
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If you love coconuts and margaritas then this coconut margarita recipe is a no-brainer! There are so many margarita recipes to choose from but this is the one I always come back to. It’s cool, refreshing, and frothy, thanks to added coconut cream.
You may have had Chili’s coconut margarita but this one is even better. If you’re not on vacation, lounging on a beach with white sand, one sip of this homemade cocktail will make you feel like you are!
Why This is the Best Coconut Margarita Recipe
- Easy to Make: If you have 5 minutes and 6 common ingredients, this coconut lime margarita comes together so simply!
- Great for Parties: This adult beverage is a party starter! Everyone loves margaritas so this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And it’s especially great for summer gatherings and celebrations.
- Absolutely Delicious: It is the perfect balance between sweet and sour. The lime contrasts well with the coconut, and the tequila adds that zing!
What is a Margarita?
The classic margarita originated in Mexico during the 1930s. It’s one of the most popular cocktails. In its most basic form, margarita recipes include 3 main ingredients: tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.
Coconut Margarita Ingredients
- Coconut Tequila: Use your favorite brand.
- Orange Liqueur: This adds a nice depth of flavor to the cocktail. Alternatively, use Triple Sec.
- Coconut Cream: Do not confuse this with coconut milk or cream of coconut. Coconut cream is thicker than coconut milk and isn’t as sweet as cream of coconut. It’s actually unsweetened but coconut has a naturally sweet essence. It provides a creamy consistency and isn’t overwhelmingly sweet.
- Fresh Lime Juice: This is an essential ingredient. The tartness of the citrus fruit cuts through the tequila and complements the coconut.
- Agave: Use this as a natural sweetener. Some recipes use simple syrup. Either will work here.
- Ice: For serving.
- Lime Wedges
- Shredded Coconut
How to Make a Coconut Margarita
Prepare the Glass
Begin by rimming the glass with shredded coconut. To do this, take a lime wedge and run it along the rim or side of the glass. Then dip the rim into a shallow plate filled with shredded coconut. Set the glass in the freezer while you make the margarita.
Combine Ingredients in a Shaker
In a shaker, combine the tequila, orange liqueur, coconut cream, agave, and fresh lime juice. Add ice and shake for a few seconds.
Taste Test Coconut Margarita
Taste the mixture to see if you’d like to make any adjustments. You can add more lime juice if you prefer it tangier, more coconut cream, or even more tequila.
Pour the coconut margarita into the prepared glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge or flat a slice of lime on top. Finally, enjoy!
- This recipe makes one serving but double or triple it for more.
- Use room-temperature lime and roll it with your palm before extracting the juice. This enhances the flavor.
- Shake the margarita with ice, rather than simply chilling it. Shaking the beverage vigorously with ice for just a few seconds aerates the drink for a smoother finish.
The serving size for this Coconut Margarita recipe is one drink, typically served in a standard margarita glass. The ingredients mentioned in the recipe are intended to make a single cocktail. If you want to make more servings, you can scale up the recipe accordingly by doubling or tripling the ingredients to match the number of drinks you wish to prepare.
- Coconut Pineapple Margarita: Make this a mash between a pina colada and a margarita by adding one ounce of pineapple juice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple.
- Blue Coconut Margarita: Swap the orange liqueur for Blue Curaçao for a stunning blue drink.
- Skinny Coconut Margarita recipe: For a lower calorie option, swap the coconut cream for coconut milk and skip the agave.
- Toasted Coconut Margarita: Enhance the coconut flavor by using toasted shredded coconut along the rim of the drink. Just coat the rim with the juice from a lime wedge and then roll it in shredded coconut. For even more coconut flavor, dip the rim in coconut cream instead of lime.
Can Coconut Margaritas Be Made Ahead?
You can premix the drink (without ice) about 2 hours in advance and keep it stored in the fridge. Any longer than that, and it will lose its frothy quality.
What are the ingredients in a classic margarita?
The main ingredients in a regular margarita are tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.
Is a Coconut Margarita hard alcohol?
Yes. Margaritas contain tequila, which contains 33% ABV (Alcohol By Volume). It is a relatively strong cocktail, dependent on how much alcohol is used.
Is Cointreau or triple sec better in Coconut Margaritas?
These ingredients are interchangeable. Triple sec is an orange liqueur and cointreau has a similar taste profile but has a stronger alcoholic content and is a bit smoother. So it comes down to personal preference.
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Always remember to drink responsibly and be mindful of the alcohol content in your beverages. Enjoy your Coconut Margaritas responsibly and in moderation. Cheers!
- 2 oz Coconut Tequila
- 1 oz Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec
- 2 oz Coconut Cream
- 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 1.2 oz Agave
- Ice for serving
- Lime Wedges and Shredded Coconut for garnish
- Prepare the Glass: Begin by rimming the glass with shredded coconut. To do this, take a lime wedge and run it along the rim or side of the glass. Then dip the rim into a shallow plate filled with shredded coconut. Set the glass in the freezer while you make the margarita
- In a shaker, combine the tequila, orange liqueur, coconut cream, agave, and fresh lime juice. Add ice and shake for a few seconds.
- Taste the mixture to see if you’d like to make any adjustments. You can add more lime juice if you prefer it tangier, more coconut cream, or even more tequila.
- Pour the coconut margarita into the prepared glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge or flat a slice of lime on top. Enjoy!