Tapped straight from young, green coconuts, coconut water is one of nature’s best low-calorie drinks. It is also loaded with potassium and vitamin C—and it happens to be delicious in cocktails. Now that there are more and more quality coconut water brands on the market, such as CoAqua, Harmless Harvest and Vita Coco, it’s easier than ever to make a cocktail that tastes like you made it in a freshly cracked open coconut. From a Coconut Vodka Soda to a skinny take on a Piña Colada, here are three healthy-ish cocktails to make with coconut water.
3 Super-Easy Coconut Water Cocktails
Just when you thought your Vodka Soda couldn’t get any healthier, we went and added a splash of ultra-hydrating coconut water. Coconut water and vodka, really? Don’t knock it until you try it. The combination is silky, refreshing and downright magical on a hot day. After drinking one down (which should only take a few seconds), you’ll want another and then another.
A Coconut Martini shouldn’t be a sugary monstrosity. It should be refined and refreshing—a sophisticated cocktail that just happens to be beach-ready, like a really stylish cover-up. This shockingly loyal take on a Martini is bright and subtly tropical, with the same boozy power of the original stirred and strong sipper. And it’s seriously easy to make.
A Piña Colada is a lot of things—tropical, delicious, a vacation in a glass—but it is definitely not low calorie. Enter this easy Coconut Fizz. Made with white rum, good quality coconut water and egg whites (which give the drink a creamy, indulgent quality), it’s a perfect, diet-friendly island drink. Of course, you don’t have to be on a diet to enjoy it. It’s crazy-delicious even if you aren’t watching your calorie intake.