This delicious coconut water mocktail is the perfect non-alcoholic drink to enjoy when you feel like adding a little bit of sunshine to your day! It is bright, zesty, perfectly sweet and done within 5 minutes. Delicious fuss-free drink that everyone can enjoy.
If you are looking for a delicious and easy non-alcoholic tropical drink to conquer the cold weather during the Dry January challenge, then this coconut water mocktail is for you!
I already talked about how mocktails have helped my husband and I cut our alcohol consumption dramatically. Not just during January, but all year around. So, we are always up for a new fun version of a virgin drink that's festive and that we can whip up within 5 minutes, even on a regular busy weeknight.
Our favorites are this strawberry mojito mocktail and our most recent obsession: raspberry matcha mocktail, we cannot stop making it! But now I thought I would experiment with coconut water to make for a change. And it didn't disappoint!
The simple combination of coconut water, lime and pineapple juice is absolutely remarkable. Plus, you can make it completely added sugar-free or sweeten it only slightly to your taste.
The fresh lime juice gives this easy mocktail that big fresh punch of flavor so irresistible in cocktails or mocktails and we loved the unique - almost salty - taste from the coconut water that balances well with the sweet pineapple juice. Then, if you have 5 extra minutes, you should make the optional toasted coconut lime rim, it really brings this tasty mocktail to a whole new level!
This coconut water lime mocktail is so stunning and delicious, that you will forget all about the booze! Cheers! ❤️
Why this recipe works
- Easy and quick to make
- Made using only a few simple ingredients
- Amazing smooth tropical flavors
- Healthy drink that's low-in-sugar
- Versatile and can be customized in many ways
- Delicious festive drink made without alcohol
- Everyone can enjoy it!
Ingredients you will need
(See below in the recipe card for the measurements)
- Pure coconut water: I like the organic coconut water from the brand 365. It is natural and unsweetened, plus not made from concentrate.
- Pineapple juice: to make this mocktail as healthy as you can, then choose an organic pineapple juice made without extra sugar or sweetener and not made from concentrate. I usually always find one in larger grocery stores. I like this freshly pressed pineapple juice from the brand Lakewood.
- Lime: I highly recommend using a real fresh lime for making this mocktail recipe, the flavor is so much better than bottled lime juice.
- Sweetener: I like using maple syrup in drinks for its amazing flavor, but agave nectar or simple syrup works too.
- Shredded coconut: optional, to cover the rim.
How to make a mocktail using coconut water
(See below in the recipe card for the full recipe)
This drink can be done as quickly as in 5 minutes. All you have to do is combine a few simple ingredients in a glass, that's all! That being said, I highly recommend the extra step of adding coconut to the rim for an extra oomph. It is worth it!
Cover the rim with coconut (optional)
First, add the shredded coconut to a small non-stick pan (without oil). Warm up on medium heat until golden brown shaking the pan or stirring once in a while. It can take 7-10 minutes. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn! Once done, transfer it to a small plate and let it cool down.
Run a lime wedge all around the rim of your glass and then, flip the glass over the toasted coconut. Twist/press the glass on the plate and use a small spoon to help the coconut stick on the rim.
Make the mocktail
Then, add the pineapple juice, lime juice and sweetener. Use a spoon to stir.
Add lots of ice (crushed ice or ice cubes) and then, pour the coconut water over. Garnish with a slice of lime and sprinkle more of the toasted coconut over the glass. Enjoy!
- You might not need to add any extra sweetener to your mocktail recipe, which depends on your taste and if your juice already is pretty sweet.
- I think crushed ice works best in this mocktail. If you only have regular ice cubes, then add some to a large bag and hit the cubes using something hard, like a rolling pin, until crushed to your liking.
Serving suggestions and variations
We love making our own mocktails since they are so versatile and easy to customize following the inspiration of the moment!
This drink works well in a short glass with a wide rim. We love to garnish the rim with toasted coconut which makes this mocktail even more tropical-ish, but feel free to simply cover it with coarse sugar too or skip it altogether.
I like to also sprinkle some more coconut over the glass, which adds texture and more flavor, and place a lime wedge on the rim in case you feel like an extra zesty drink.
Here are easy ways you can personalize your mocktail:
- Fruit juice: feel free to switch the pineapple fruit juice for what you like or have. Orange juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice or homemade watermelon juice (just blend watermelon) would work well. Also, we love making mango mocktails using this mango coulis made using real mangoes, which would also work well here in place of the juice.
- Creamy: make a creamy and thicker mocktail by adding coconut cream or coconut milk! Add about 1-2 tablespoons to the pineapple juice mixture first and make sure it is well dissolved before pouring the coconut water over. If necessary, use a cocktail shaker to help dissolve it completely.
- Sparkling: to make your coconut water mocktail bubbly, then use a larger class and finish up with sparkling water, club soda or any soda water.
- Fresh herbs: you can make a coconut mojito mocktail if you prefer. Simply muddle a few mint leaves at the bottom of your serving glass first to get the most of their flavorful oils.
Can I make a pitcher?
Yes! Simply make a large batch of the recipe (x4 or x5) and combine the ingredients in a large pitcher. It would look great with extra slices of fresh pineapple and lime in the pitcher as well. Add the ice cubes just before serving!
Is this recipe healthy?
Yes, this mocktail makes for a healthy festive drink! Not only is it made without alcohol, but also, coconut water is very hydrating and full of electrolytes, such as potassium, sodium and manganese. Also, lime juice is packed with vitamin C!
Can I make it ahead?
Because this mocktail recipe isn’t sparkly, it makes it easier to prep ahead of time. You can make a larger batch and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Then, simply serve over ice cubes when ready to enjoy!
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I hope you like this coconut water mocktail recipe as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Coconut Water Mocktail with Pineapple
- ½ cup pineapple juice - I used the organic fresh press pineapple juice from Lakewood, see notes
- ½ lime - juiced, plus more as needed
- 1 tsp maple syrup - or to taste, optional
- ½-¾ cup coconut water - I used the organic unsweetened coconut water from the brand 365
- ice cubes - to serve
- shredded coconut - optional, to serve
- If you want to garnish the rim of your glass with toasted coconut (optional), then start by transferring the shredded coconut to a nonstick pan (no oil) and toast on medium heat shaking the pan often until it turns slightly golden brown. This can take 5-10 minutes and watch closely as it burns quickly. Once done, transfer to a small plate and let it to cool down.
- Run a lime wedge around your serving glass and then, flip it over the plate with the toasted coconut and twist/press until the rim is covered.
- Then, add the pineapple juice, lime juice and sweetener (start with 1 teaspoon and adjust later). Stir to combine, then add plenty of ice cubes. Pour the coconut water over, sprinkle more toasted coconut and serve!
- For a healthy mocktail, then be sure to use a no-added-sugar brand of pineapple juice that does not come from concentrate.
- You can use other kinds of juice if you want, such as orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, etc.
- For a sparkling mocktail, then use a taller glass and top it off with some sparkling water.
- You can also make a creamy coconut mocktail by adding 1-2 tablespoons of coconut cream or coconut milk! In this case, you might need a cocktail shaker to help dissolve the cream.