Coconut Mojito

LAST UPDATED: May 07, 2021 | PUBLISHED: May 04, 2021 | By:

If you’re hoping to conjure up the best memories of your favorite Caribbean vacation, look no further than this incredible Coconut Mojito recipe! Whip up one of these easy and refreshing cocktails in minutes, and you’ll be reminiscing about island breezes and tropical seas.

Just like a classic mojito, this version is filled with sweet and tart lime juice, simple syrup, mint and rum. However, it’s the addition of cream of coconut that takes it to a whole new level!

A coconut mojito is a creamy, light and refreshing cocktail that is filled with the flavor of summer.

A coconut mojito garnished with mint on a marble surface.

While I won’t belt out the classic piña colada tune for you, I will do everything I can to encourage you to try this incredible Coconut Mojito! It’s the best parts of your favorite lime and mint classic mojito flavors, combined with the creamy joy of sweetened coconut like a piña colada.

Truthfully, I’m not the biggest fan of a piña colada, as much as I love that song. They are just a little too sweet for me! But this cocktail? It’s perfection, with the perfect mix of sweetened creamy coconut and tart lime.

In fact, out of all the incredible mojito recipes I’ve shared, this might just be my favorite. Or maybe it’s the Pineapple… or the Raspberry, I don’t know. I can’t choose!

The good news is that you don’t have to choose! I’m bringing you an array of all the best mojito flavors. Which one will you start with?

A mojito is so perfect for parties! In fact, you can learn how to set up a DIY Mojito Bar featuring the Best Rum for Mojitos that will the hit of your next gathering – don’t miss it!

A coconut mojito garnished with mint on a marble surface.

Coconut Mojito Ingredients

  • Cream of Coconut – You can find this in the juice or beverage section of your local grocer, or here. It’s a creamy coconut concoction that is perfect to mix with Piña coladas and all your favorite tropical cocktails!
  • LimesFresh will give you the brightest citrus flavor.
  • Mint – Any kind of mint will do, but spearmint is always a favorite. Or your local garden store may carry a variety called “mojito mint” – always a fun addition!
  • Sweetener – Mojitos need sweetness to balance the limes. Use a simple syrup, white granulated sugar, raw sugar, or sugar cubes.
  • White Rum – Aka blanco rum, silver rum, and light rum, or try a coconut rum as noted below. You can learn more about the best rum for mojitos here!
  • Soda Water – Club soda or sparkling water adds a little bubbly to this refreshing cocktail.
Ingredients for a coconut mojito laid out on a marble surface.

Variations

  • Make Skinny – Substitute diet lemon lime soda for simple syrup and club soda to reduce calories.
  • Less Sweet – Eliminate the simple syrup to make your coconut mojito a touch less sweet.
  • Coconut Rum – Normally I suggest a classic and simple white rum for mojitos. However, in this coconut mojito recipe, coconut rum is perfection!
  • Make a Mojito Float – Simply add a scoop of Lime Sorbet to your cocktail for the ultimate cocktail + dessert combo!

Tools

  • Muddler
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker or Stirrer
A white cocktail in a clear glass, garnished with fresh mint, lime in the background.

How to Make a Coconut Mojito in Four Easy Steps

  1. Muddle – Combine limes, mint, and sugar or simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle to release the juices and flavors.
  2. Strain – Strain over a cocktail glass.
  3. Pour – Add cream of coconut, rum, ice, and soda water. Stir.
  4. Garnish – To serve, garnish with lime wedges and mint sprigs.

How to Make a Pitcher (Serves 8)

  • 2 cups cream of coconut
  • 2 cups mint leaves, loosely packed (reserve several for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 4 limes, quartered into wedges
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1½ cups white or coconut rum
  • 4 cups club soda or sparkling water
On a marble surface, a coconut mojito garnished with mint, half a coconut and a full lime near the glass.

Make it Frozen

  1. Muddle – Muddle lime and mint.
  2. Purée – Blend cream of coconut and ice in food processor.
  3. Combine – Add rum, simple syrup or sugar, club soda, and coconut/ice purée.
  4. Add Ice – If you want it slushier, blend more ice and add in.
  5. Garnish – Garnish with lime wedge, and sprig of mint.

Serving Suggestions

  • Rim Glasses – Run a lime wedge along the rim of your glass. To line the glass, dip the edge in a plate filled with white granulated sugar.
  • Garnish – A slice of lime and sprig of mint to garnish makes this cocktail pretty and delicious!

Tips

  • Use Fresh Mint – It makes such a difference to the flavor and fragrance! You can find it at your local grocer or better yet, why not grow your own? Learn how to create an indoor hanging herb garden.
  • Use Fresh Limes – For the best possible flavor, you’ve got to use fresh limes! Their natural acidity balances out the fruit and sweeteners perfectly.
  • Shake – A cocktail shaker can be a fun change. It’s a bit more formal for shaking or stirring your mojito.
  • Balance – Not all mojitos are the same – and that’s great! Experiment with the amount of mint, lime, fruit, rum and sweetener until your mojito is the perfect mix for you.

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

On a marble surface, a coconut mojito garnished with mint, half a coconut and a full lime near the glass.

Shortcuts

  • Make a simple syrup ahead so it’s ready to go when you need it. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to a month! You can also use store-bought simple syrup or white granulated sugar to save time.
  • Try a juice attachment for your KitchenAid stand mixer if you tend to squeeze a lot of lemons and limes like we do!

Frequently Asked Questions

How many calories are in a coconut mojito?

This coconut mojito is not exactly a light and healthy cocktail! It’s meant to be sipped and savored like a dessert, and comes in at just under 500 calories per serving.

However, it’s easy to lighten it up a little! Switch the lime juice, simple syrup and club soda out for a diet lemon lime soda like a skinny mojito and eliminate lots of calories!

What alcohol is best for mojitos?

Traditionally, rum is used for mojitos. Most bartenders will suggest a classic blanco or silver rum.

However, you’re welcome to mix it up! Try a Vodka Mojito, Gin Mojito or Tequila Mojito for a fresh new take on the classic.

On a marble surface, a coconut mojito garnished with mint, half a coconut and a full lime near the glass.

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A coconut mojito garnished with mint on a marble surface.

Coconut Mojito

Author: Julie Blanner
Conjure up memories of your favorite Caribbean vacation with this incredible Coconut Mojito recipe! Whip up one of these easy and refreshing cocktails in minutes, and you'll be reminiscing about island breezes and tropical seas.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 1
Calories 483 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup Cream of Coconut
  • 10 leaves mint fresh
  • ½ lime quartered into or 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup or 1 teaspoon white granulated or raw sugar
  • ounces white rum or coconut rum
  • ½ cup club soda

Instructions
 

  • Muddle – Combine limes, mint, and sugar or simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle to release the juices and flavors.
  • Strain – Strain over a cocktail glass.
  • Pour – Add cream of coconut, rum, ice, and soda water. Stir.
  • Garnish – To serve, garnish with lime wedges and mint sprigs.

Notes

  • Use Fresh Mint – It will make all the difference to the flavor of your mojitos.
  • Use Fresh Limes – You can use bottled lime juice, but it won’t approach the flavor of fresh limes.
  • If you don’t have a traditional muddler, that’s okay! Instead of a classic mojito muddler, try using the end of a wooden spoon.
  • Play with the ingredients until you get it exactly as you like it! Try using more or less lime or syrup, etc. 

Nutrition

Calories:483kcalCarbohydrates:70gProtein:1gFat:12gSaturated Fat:11gSodium:75mgPotassium:53mgFiber:3gSugar:65gVitamin A:38IUVitamin C:10mgCalcium:21mgIron:1mg
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