Coco Loco Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Coco Loco cocktail is a tropical delight that originated in the Caribbean. It is said to have been first created in the 1970s and quickly gained popularity among tourists visiting the region. The name 'Coco Loco' translates to 'Crazy Coconut' in Spanish, which perfectly captures the fun and exotic nature of this cocktail.

  • Popular in beach bars and resorts
  • Often served in a hollowed-out coconut shell
  • A favorite among those who enjoy fruity and tropical drinks

How Coco Loco Tastes?

The Coco Loco is a sweet and creamy cocktail with a hint of tanginess from the lime juice. It has a rich coconut flavor, complemented by the fruity notes of pineapple and orange. The rum adds a subtle warmth and depth to the drink, making it a perfect balance of flavors.

Interesting facts about Coco Loco

  • The Coco Loco is sometimes referred to as the 'Caribbean Pina Colada'
  • It is believed that the Coco Loco was first created in the Dominican Republic
  • The cocktail is often associated with beach parties and tropical vacations


White Rum

White rum is the backbone of many classic cocktails. It adds a crisp, clean alcoholic kick that doesn't overpower the drink's other flavors. If you skip it, you'll lose depth. Less booze, less fun!

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Dark Rum

Dark rum brings in a richer, molasses-like sweetness and warmth. Removing it would make your cocktail less complex. Imagine a beach without sun—still nice, but not quite right.

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Coconut Cream

Coconut cream is the soul of a tropical drink; it provides a creamy texture and sweet, nutty flavor. Without it, you'll miss out on that 'feels like vacation' sensation.

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Pineapple Juice

Hello, tropical vibe! Pineapple juice brings the party with its tart and sweet flavor. Removing it is like trying to dance salsa with no music.

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Orange Juice

For a citrusy zing and a bit of sweetness, orange juice is key. Skipping it won't ruin the drink, but it's like leaving your shades at home on a sunny day.

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Fresh Lime Juice

This adds some tart acidity to balance the sweetness. Without lime, the cocktail could feel a tad too sweet—like watching a romcom without the 'com'.

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Ice makes it frosty and fun! No ice means a warmer, less refreshing cocktail—more 'meh' than 'yaass'!

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Garnish: Pineapple Wedge, Maraschino Cherry

Looks matter—it's the Instagram effect. Garnishes provide a pleasing aesthetic and a hint of flavor. Plus, everyone loves a free snack at the end of their drink.

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Recipe. How to make Coco Loco Drink

  1. Fill a blender with ice
  2. Add white rum, dark rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, orange juice, and fresh lime juice
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy
  4. Pour the mixture into a chilled glass or hollowed-out coconut shell
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh juices whenever possible for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer.
  • If you're serving in a coconut, scrape out some fresh coconut meat and add it to the blender for extra flavor and texture.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus notes in the Coco Loco can complement the smoky flavor of grilled shrimp or scallops.
  • Tropical Salads: A salad with mango, papaya, and avocado will echo the tropical flavors of the cocktail.
  • Light Chicken Dishes: Chicken prepared with a citrus or fruity glaze would go well with the fruity flavors in the Coco Loco.

Drink Pairings

  • Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic option that keeps with the theme.
  • Sparkling Water: A bubbly, refreshing choice to cleanse the palate between sips.

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What you could change in Coco Loco

  • White Rum: Can be substituted with vodka or tequila for a different flavor profile.
  • Coconut Cream: If not available, use coconut milk. It won't be as creamy, but will still provide a coconut flavor.
  • Pineapple Juice: Mango juice can be used as a substitute.

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Spiced Loco

  • Replace white rum with spiced rum for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg on top for added spice. This twist will add a warming effect while keeping the tropical allure.

Coco Berry Loco

  • Add 0.5 oz of raspberry liqueur.
  • Garnish with fresh raspberries instead of a maraschino cherry. This version will have a fruity-berry twist, creating a harmonious balance with the coconut and pineapple flavors.

Frozen Mint Coco Loco

  • Add a handful of fresh mint leaves to the blender.
  • Use coconut rum instead of white rum for a more pronounced coconut taste. This will lend a refreshing minty twist and enhance the tropical coconut vibe, giving you chill vibes to match the chill drink.

In case you forgot basics how to make Coco Loco

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Coco Loco

What type of glass should I serve the Coco Loco in if I don't have a coconut shell?

If you don't have a coconut shell, you can use a hurricane glass or any other tall glass. Just make sure it has enough room to accommodate the cocktail and the ice.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Coco Loco?

Yes, you can easily make a non-alcoholic version of the Coco Loco by simply omitting the rum. The tropical fruits and coconut cream ensure that the cocktail still tastes delightful.

Is there a best time to enjoy the Coco Loco cocktail?

While you can enjoy the Coco Loco cocktail at any time, it's especially nice on a hot day or when you're dreaming of a tropical vacation. Its sweet, fruity flavors make it a perfect summer drink.

I have a nut allergy. Is it safe for me to drink the Coco Loco?

Coconut is not a nut, it's a fruit. However, if you have a tree nut allergy, you may want to consult your doctor because some people who are allergic to tree nuts are also allergic to coconuts.

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