Wishing you were on a tropical island? This Strawberry Coconut Daiquiri is an easy-to-make rum-based frozen cocktail that will have you feeling like you're on a beach vacation!
I'm so happy that summer weather is officially here. Of course, instead of sitting in my backyard, I'd much rather be on a tropical vacation somewhere luxurious. Mainly because I want to be by the ocean or pool and have someone bring me fun sugary cocktails.
But since there don't seem to be any cabana boys in my neighborhood (strange, right??), I opted to make my own frozen cocktails instead.
When I was planning this frozen cocktail, I had a few requirements in mind: 1) I wanted this beach-y drink to be easy to make. And 2) I wanted it to be fun and delicious, but not too sweet.
Don't get me wrong; I love a good sugary cocktail, but too much sugar always results in a serious headache and epic hangover... Especially when combined with a little too much time in the sun.
I love these strawberry coconut daiquiris because they're packed with tropical fruity flavor, but not a ton of sugar.
This frozen daiquiri has two components: a strawberry layer and a coconut layer.
For the strawberry layer, you'll need:
- Frozen strawberries
- White rum
- Simple syrup
For the coconut layer, you'll need:
- Coconut cream
- Coconut rum (can also use white rum)
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Simple syrup
In case you're unfamiliar, coconut cream comes in a can (but it's different than coconut milk!) and is sometimes called "cream of coconut."
If you want to add garnishes to the cocktail, you'll neeed:
- Shredded cocktail
- Fresh strawberries
💡 Cocktail Alterations
I love the strawberry and coconut combination in these daiquiris, but if one or the other is not your thing, there are plenty of substitutions you can make.
You can swap out the strawberries with any other frozen fruit.
For the coconut layer, if you're using a frozen fruit, you don't need to include the ice or lime juice. Here are a few suggestions:
- Lime (use more lime juice and simple syrup and include the ice)
🍬 How to Make Simple Syrup
I almost always have a jar of simple syrup in my fridge because I use it often for cocktails and for rimming cocktail glasses (it makes the best adhesive!).
To make a fresh batch of simple syrup, simply take equal parts sugar and water and bring them to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until syrup thickens.
Pour syrup into jar or bowl to let cool to room temperature. Store syrup in an airtight container in fridge. Full directions are here.
🍓 How to Make Strawberry Coconut Daiquiris
Once you've gathered all your ingredients, it's easy to make each of the layers in a blender.
I like to start with the strawberry layer and simply put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass, rinse out blender, and work quickly to get the coconut layer done (if it will take you longer than a few minutes, put the glasses with strawberry mixture into the freezer to stay chilled).
Same thing for the coconut layer- add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
Pour coconut mixture over the strawberry mixture. If you want more of a swirled look for the daiquiris, you can stick a straw or a butter knife in the drink and gently swirl the mixtures together.
Top with shredded coconut and a strawberry garnish and add a straw for sipping!
You'll want to drink these strawberry coconut daiquiris right away when they're nice and frozen.
You can pop them in the freezer if they're getting too liquid-y, but just note that if you leave them in too long, they may harden too much to drink out of a straw.
I highly recommend sitting outside in the sun and sipping this drink. You might even be able to pretend you're on the beach with your own personal cabana boy.
Strawberry and coconut is one of my favorite flavor combinations and just feels so refreshing and tropical to me. I also love that, though this is a sweet cocktail, it's definitely not overly sweet, like so many frozen cocktails you get at vacation destinations.
Aside from the natural sweetness from the strawberries and a little bit of simple syrup, these strawberry coconut daiquiris are more about the fruity tropical flavors than they are the sugar.
Of course, you can certainly add a bit more simple syrup in if you like your frozen cocktails sweeter.
Staying at home on a hot summer day suddenly isn't so bad, is it?? Of course, I'm missing a pool and/or beach right about now. But give me another strawberry coconut daiquiri and maybe I'll stop caring 🙂
What's your favorite vacation drink?
If you're looking for more summery frozen drinks, check out my Blackberry Lemonade Margaritas and my Blueberry Frozen Moscow Mules! I can't wait to make these Tropical Wine Slushies from Grandbaby Cakes!
Strawberry Coconut Daiquiri
- 8 oz. frozen strawberries
- 3 oz. white rum
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 3 oz. coconut cream
- 2 oz. coconut rum (can also use white rum)
- ½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 1 ½ cup ice
- Shredded coconut, if desired
- 2 small strawberries, if desired
- Add strawberry layer ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour strawberry mixture into a glass.
- Rinse blender out and add coconut layer ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour coconut mixture over strawberry mixture.
- Top with fresh coconut and garnish with small strawberry, if desired.
- To achieve more of a "swirl" look, use a straw or butter knife to gently swirl mixture together.
- Get simple syrup recipe in post body or here.