Coconut Margarita

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
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Served with a crunchy coconut rim, this coconut margarita with lime juice and tequila will add tropical vibes to any margarita night. Shaken or stirred, it’s perfect for any party of one, two, or more!

Why You’ll Love This Coconut Margarita Recipe

Coconut margaritas are the definition of the perfect cocktail. Whether you love drinks on the sweeter side or only need an easy pick-me-up, here are all the reasons why you (and everyone else) will love this recipe:

  • Prep-friendly. Whether you like to be prepared for last-minute cocktail cravings or are expecting friends over, this recipe gives you the chance to prepare things in advance.
  • Crowd-pleaser. Everyone loves a good margarita. Paired with lots of coconut, there’s no going wrong with it for your next gathering.
  • Easy. All you have to do is add the ingredients to the cocktail shaker and shake. It’s incredibly easy!
  • Fruity. Made with coconut milk, coconut cream, lime juice, and orange liquor, this cocktail is about as fruity as margaritas get.
  • Perfect for one. Don’t worry about having lots of leftovers. This recipe is perfect for a party of one.
Ingredients for a coconut margarita.

What Goes In A Coconut Margarita?

This coconut margarita recipe is packed with tropical flavors and your favorite kinds of alcohol. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for full ingredient amounts.

For the Margarita

  • Ice
  • Coconut Milk – Make sure it’s plain, not the kind with vanilla or almond flavors.
  • Coconut Cream Don’t skip it for the creamiest margarita ever.
  • Lime Juice – Lemon juice is a good swap.
  • White Tequila
  • Triple Sec – Feel free to use your favorite orange-flavored liquor.
  • Fresh Mint – This is optional.

For the Coconut Rim

  • Shredded Coconut – You get bonus points for using toasted coconut!
  • Lime Wedge
Coconut margarita beign poured out of a cocktail shaker into a cocktail glass.

What’s The Best Tequila for a Margarita?

You can use any type of tequila you like, but I find that white/silver tequila goes best with the light flavors of coconut. Aged tequila like “reposado” or “añejo” are much smokier and have stronger hints of caramel, which is great but it will change the flavor of the margarita slightly.

Are Coconut Cream and Cream of Coconut The Same?

No, but you can get both from the same can of coconut milk. Avoid shaking the can of coconut milk right before opening it. Then scoop out the thick coconut cream that is sitting on top, which is also considered the coconut milk’s fat. The rest of the can is coconut milk.

Angled shot of coconut margarita with a fresh mint and a lime wedge.

How To Make A Coconut Margarita

This easy coconut margarita recipe is ready in just 5 minutes with a few simple steps.

  • Coconut Rim: Rub the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and then press the glass into shredded coconut.
  • Shaker: Add ice, coconut milk, coconut cream, lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake well, until you feel the shaker become well chilled.
  • Pour: Fill your glass ⅔ full with ice and strain the margarita into the glass. Serve! 

Tips for the Best Margarita

Coconut margarita or not, you’ll be whipping up the best cocktails with the help of these easy tips:

  • Sweeten it. Simple syrup, agave syrup, raw honey, and even sweetened coconut milk are all great options for adding a bit of sweetness to your margaritas.
  • Add a topping. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of toasted coconut flakes on top of your margarita for a nice crunch.
  • Make it frosty. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of ice to the blender. Add in all of the margarita ingredients and blend until nice and icy. Serve and enjoy for a frosty treat.
  • Avoid store-bought juice. One of the secrets to a great margarita is always using freshly squeezed lime juice. The bottled stuff you can get at the store is convenient, but you’ll never get the same flavor from it.
Close-up of a tropical margarita with a coconut rim.

Can I Make a Big Batch of Coconut Lime Margaritas?

Absolutely! Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe (except for the ice) and combine everything in a large pitcher. Stir it well to combine and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, add the coconut rim to your glasses, stir again, and serve over ice.

Serving Suggestions

This coconut lime margarita is great for margarita night when served with easy snacks and appetizers. For a snack-like bite, try my Crispy Baked Potato Wedges or Honey Mustard Pretzels.

If you’re going for an appetizer-packed dinner, then definitely go for my Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos or Pulled Pork Crescent Ring. Or go classic with a trio of the best dips: Homemade Guacamole, Restaurant Style Salsa and Mexican Bean Dip!

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Coconut Margarita

This easy coconut margarita is the perfect way to end the night on a tropical note. Served with a coconut rim, you'll love every creamy sip. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

Ingredients

For the Margarita

  • Ice
  • 1.5 oz coconut milk
  • 1.5 oz coconut cream
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ oz white tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 or 2 mint sprigs, optional garnish

For the Coconut Rim

  • Shredded coconut
  • Lime wedge

Instructions 

  • Coconut Rim: Place your shredded coconut on a small plate. Grab your glass and moisten the rim with the lime. Place your glass upside down into the coconut to stick the coconut onto the rim of the glass. Set aside. 
  • Margarita: In a cocktail shaker, add a few ice cubes, coconut milk, coconut cream, lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Shake for about 30 seconds, until you feel the shaker become well chilled.
  • Fill your glass ⅔ full with ice and strain your cocktail into the glass. Garnish with mint, lime slices, or extra coconut, as desired, and serve immediately. 

Notes

Margaritas For A Crowd: Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe (except for the ice) and combine everything in a large pitcher. Stir it well to combine and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, add the coconut rim to your glasses, stir again, and serve over ice.
Sweet: These Coconut Margaritas are not sweet, just a little natural sweetness from the coconut cream and milk. If you like your cocktails sweeter, you can add simple syrup, agave, honey or even use sweetened coconut milk. and sweetened coconut cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 831kcal, Carbohydrates: 89g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 40g, Saturated Fat: 37g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 268mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 65g

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