Creamy coconut and sweet strawberry join forces for a ridiculously delicious, too easy to sip, fruit cocktail. Strawberry Coconut Margaritas required a quick muddle and shake of a few ingredients to create a crowd-pleasing drink! Take it up a notch with a toasted coconut rim.
Cheers to you my friend!
And we can just keep finding things to toast to because these margs are just a fruity cocktail lover's dream! If you are a fan of frozen coconut margaritas or love tropical, coconut-based drinks, strawberry coconut margaritas are going to be a win.
Here's what you're going to love:
- fresh strawberry flavor
- sweet, creamy coconut
- sneaky, can barely tell it's there tequila
- crunchy toasted coconut rim
What is a coconut margarita?
If you've never had the pleasure, you are in for a treat! Coconut margaritas are a combination of tequila, creamy coconut milk, tart lime, and sweet coconut syrup shaken together with ice.
Strawberry coconut margaritas take the ingredient above and infuse it with fresh muddled strawberries. The muddling of the strawberries releases the juices of the fruit.
How to make strawberry coconut margaritas
We need to take some tools from our bartender kit for a couple of the steps, but don't sweat it! I've got some low-maintenance alternatives if you don't have things like a muddler or double strainer.
However, I'll just throw it out there that it's worth the investment. They're inexpensive and don't take up a ton of space. If you love making new cocktails at home a muddler is great for any fruit-infused drink and mojitos - like blackberry mojitos!
A double strainer is a super useful tool and is used to catch any pieces of macerated fruit or herbs from straining into a drink so you don't get pieces stuck in your straw while drinking, keeping the flavors and textures the same with each sip.
You can get something a little larger so you can use it in the kitchen as well to strain sauces. This cone-shaped double strainer is one that we use frequently at the bar so we won't waste a single drop of our hard work pouring into the glass!
To make your own strawberry coconut margaritas, toss a few strawberries in a glass and muddle them until the fruit is well macerated. You're essentially juicing the fruit into a pulp.
Add your tequila, coconut milk, creme de cocoa, and lime juice. Shake with ice and strain the shaker through the double strainer into a glass with fresh ice! That's it!
Tips & Troubleshooting
While this recipe isn't very complicated, if this is your first time using a muddler or you don't have the recommended bar tools - fear not! You can still easily make strawberry coconut margaritas.
No muddler? Grab a wooden spatula and use the handle!
No fancy double strainer? Any mesh strainer will work in a pinch and if you don't have that, these cocktails are still just as delicious even if you don't double strain them.
When straining the cocktails, you'll want to give both the cocktail shaker and the pulp in the double strainer a shake to separate all the delicious drops of margarita off the fruit pulp being strained. Don't leave any of this divine drink in the shaker!
What to serve with them
I mean, of course the first suggestion to that question is tacos. Because the creamy coconut milk adds a lot of richness to these drinks, keep the tacos light and fresh would be my recommendation!
Crispy Brussels sprout and kale tacos or chipotle bbq fish tacos are my first choice. You can also keep it light, yet filling with a salad. Chipotle chicken cobb salad or corn and avocado salad with seared halibut!
If you make these margaritas, be sure to let me know how you paired them in the comments and to leave a star rating below!
Strawberry Coconut Margarita
- cocktail shaker
- double strainer
- 1 ½ ounces coconut tequila
- 2 ounces coconut milk
- 1 ½ ounces creme de coco
- ¾ ounce lime juice
- 3 strawberries muddled
- sweetened shredded coconut for garnish
- agave for garnish
- fresh strawberries for garnish
- Muddle the strawberries in a shaker until finely mashed.
- Add the tequila, coconut milk, creme de cocoa, and lime juice to the shaker.
- Fill the shaker with ice, cover and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
- Rim a glass with toasted coconut, fill with fresh ice, and double strain the strawberry coconut margarita into the glass. Shake the double strainer to drain all the cocktail from the pulp.
Toasted Coconut Rim
- Spread the shredded coconut into one layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown, stirring every 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool slightly before using.
- To rim the glass, lightly dip the glass in lime juice or agave then into the toasted coconut. Shake off excess before turning over and adding ice.
- Creme de coco is a sweet, coconut syrup commonly used for drinks like daiquiris. The Coco Lopez and Goya brands should be available at most grocery stores with other beverage mixers.
- You can use coconut tequila or plain silver tequila to make this drink. The coconut tequila heightens to coconut flavor but its just as delicious with silver tequila.
- If you don't have a muddler, the handle of a wooden spatula works great in a pinch.