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Colombian Tropical Coconut Drink
Have you ever been to the Colombian coast? It’s breathtaking and a foodie’s dream come true. When I last visited Cartagena, I had the most amazing limonada de coco, in a beautiful restaurant overlooking the ocean. The whole experience was magical, and I’ll never forget how refreshing and delicious the drink was.
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What is Limonada de Coco?
If you’re a fan of coconut and lime, this drink will become your new next favorite. I have experimented with various recipes, but this one is my favorite! It’s refreshing and has the perfect balance between sweetness and tartness. This limonada de coco is a hit at gatherings especially BBQs, and family dinners.
Coconut limeade is a refreshing tropical drink from the coastal region of Colombia, where coconut is abundant and is commonly added to many of their more traditional dishes like this arroz con coco. This recipe is easy, velvety, and made with coconut, lime, sugar, water, and ice!
Ingredients and Substitutions
I have great news for coconut lovers! After experimenting with different ingredients, I’ve found a winner. I replaced regular sugar with condensed coconut milk and coconut puree in my limeade recipe, creating a deliciously coconutty and refreshing drink. Try it out and let me know what you think!
- Frozen coconut puree – I love this Pitaya brand with individually packaged pureed coconut. I also love their frozen and individually packaged passion fruit recipe for a simple passion fruit juice.
- Freshly squeezed limes – juiced using a citrus juicer. Use one that can also strain any seeds.
- Condensed coconut milk – Instead of condensed coconut milk, substitute sugar in this recipe. However, I discovered that using condensed coconut milk adds a unique coconut flavor.
- Purified Water
- Ice – Use crushed ice for this recipe, or just regular ice cubes work.
This recipe is dairy and gluten-free. If you’re not a fan of sweetened beverages or on a low-carb diet, replace the sweet condensed coconut milk with a sweetener, remove the sweetener altogether, and double the coconut puree.
You’ll find several recipes that call for coconut milk, and that also works. However, I love the freshness of the coconut puree, it’s lighter and refreshing.
I also prefer the flavor of condensed coconut milk rather than just plain sugar. It enhances that coconut puree flavor and blends deliciously with freshly squeezed lime juice.
Other Ways To Enjoy Coconut Limeade
This is a non-alcoholic recipe, but if you’re having drinks, there’s a quick and easy way to turn this into an alcoholic recipe. Add rum, either coconut rum or light rum, to the blender.
When adding rum, add a 1/4 shot per cup, based on your preference. In terms of teaspoons, add 1/2 teaspoon per cup, or adjust.
Note: Coconut rum will amp up the coconut flavor ideal for this recipe. Coconut rum can be found in local stores.
See Below for Detailed Instructions
Instructions For A Delicious Limonada de Coco Recipe
Prep your ingredients – squeeze the limes using a citrus juicer, and set the lime juice aside.
Step Two – You’ll need a blender
Add a packet of coconut puree for every cup of coconut limeade. Add them to the blender with condensed coconut milk, lime juice, and water. Blend for 5-7 seconds.
If you prefer a frozen coconut limeade, add ice to the blender—roughly 2-3 ice cubes per serving, based on preference.
Step Three – Garnish optional
When you’re ready to enjoy your drink, pour it into a glass filled with some extra ice and add a sprig of mint or a wedge of lime to make it look extra pretty.
If you’re not a fan of mint, or if fresh mint is unavailable, add a lime wedge.
Pour the mixture into a lock lid jar or a glass airtight mason jar. Then store in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
This is a perfect recipe to make a day before a get-together. When ready, serve with fresh mint and fresh ice!
What to Serve with Limonada de Coco
Serve with snacks, appetizers, or dinner!
These are easy and perfect appetizers:
Other dishes seafood dishes to try:
- Coconut Shrimp
- Roasted or Pan-seared Salmon
- Pan-seared Halibut or Cod
- Fried Fish and Chips
If you prefer something else to seafood, serve it with a chicken or steak dish. Try these:
- Beef Empanadas
- Chicken Empanadas
- Cheese Empanadas
- Vegan Empanadas
- Grilled or Fried Chicken
- Roasted Chicken
- Ribeye, or Skirt Steak
- Pollo Apanado or Chicken Cutlet
In Cartagena, a traditional dish would include arroz con coco with raisins, pan-seared or grilled fish, a slice of sweet plantain, and a light refreshing shaved salad. Then served with a small side bowl of fish stew! It’s delicious and hearty.
Where is limonada de coco from?
Limonada de coco, a delicious coconut limeade made from fresh lime juice, coconut puree, condensed coconut milk, ice, and purified water, is from Colombia, specifically the coastal cities like Cartagena.
How Can I Adjust The Sweetness?
It’s super easy. Based on your preferred sweetness, play around with the condensed coconut milk. If you prefer an unsweetened version double the coconut puree, and reduce the condensed sweetened milk.
Is Limonada de Coco an Alcoholic Drink?
Traditional limonada de coco is non-alcoholic, but if you’re feeling adventurous, add a hint of rum for an alcoholic version of this delicious limonada de coco.
5-Ingredient Colombian Limonada de Coco (Coconut Limeade)
- 1 Blender
- 1 Cutting Board
- 1 Knife
- 1 Citrus Juicer
- 300 Grams Coconut Puree 3 packets Coconut Puree
- 3.5 Cups Filtered Water
- .5 Cup Condensed Coconut Milk
- 4 Whole Juiced Limes
- 1 Cup Ice
- 4 Leaves Fresh Mint Leaves, Optional
- Step OnePrep your ingredients – squeeze the limes, and set aside.
- Step Two – You'll need a blenderAdd a packet of coconut puree for every cup of limonada de coco. Add them to the blender along with the condensed coconut milk, lime juice and water.If you prefer a frozen coconut limeade, add ice to the blender—roughly 2-3 ice cubes per serving.Blend for 5-7 seconds.
- Step Three – Garnish optionalServe in a glass and garnish with mint or lime wedge. Add ice, based on your preference.
TipsYou’ll find several recipes that call for coconut milk, and that also works. However, I love the freshness of the coconut puree, it’s lighter and refreshing. I also prefer the flavor of condensed coconut milk rather than just plain sugar. It enhances that coconut puree flavor we’re looking for and blends deliciously with freshly squeezed lime juice.
Other Ways To Enjoy Coconut LimeadeThis is a non-alcoholic recipe, but if you’re having drinks, there’s a quick and easy way to turn this into an alcoholic recipe. Add rum, either coconut rum or light rum, to the blender. When adding rum, add a 1/4 shot per cup, based on your preference. In terms of teaspoons, add 1/2 teaspoon per cup, or adjust. A coconut rum will amp up the coconut flavor we’re looking for in this recipe.
StoragePour the mixture into a lock lid jar or a glass airtight mason jar. Then store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This is a perfect recipe to make a day before a get-together. When ready, serve with fresh mint and fresh ice!
2 responses to “5-Ingredient Colombian Limonada de Coco”
Wow! this really reminded me of my trip to Cartagena earlier this year. I have never seen condensed coconut milk before. Delicious!