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Coconut Daiquiri

Coconut Daiquiri 1.000

Scott Suchman for the Washington Post/food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Spirits Jun 22, 2021

This is an easy and delicious daiquiri riff, with all the classic brightness of lime enhanced with coconut rum. Note that you want a real coconut rum here, not a coconut liqueur, such as Malibu. We used Koloa, but depending on the sweetness of the rum you select, you may opt to dial the demerara syrup up or back slightly. If you don’t have pimento bitters, Angostura makes a fine substitute.

Total time: 10 mins (plus 1 hour cooling and chilling time)

Make Ahead: The syrup needs to be prepared and thoroughly chilled before making the drink(s).

Storage Notes: The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • For the demerara syrup
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For the drink
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice (from about 1 lime)
  • 1/2 ounce demerara syrup (see above)
  • 2 dashes pimento bitters (may substitute with Angostura bitters)


Make the demerara syrup: In a small pan over medium heat, combine the demerara sugar the water and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Boil for about 30 seconds, then remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Transfer to a bottle and refrigerate until needed.

Make the drink: Chill a cocktail coupe in the freezer for at least 5 minutes, or until frosted.

When the coupe is sufficiently chilled, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum, lime juice, syrup and bitters, close the shaker and shake hard for 30 seconds. Double-strain into the chilled glass and serve right away.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 153

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 4mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 25g 8%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 24g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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