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The Best Rum and Coconut Cocktails to Feed Your Tropical Needs

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When rum and coconut combine, they create the tastiest tropical cocktails—just look at the classic Piña Colada, a favorite of vacationers and beach bums everywhere. Whether you’re looking for a beach-worthy tipple or a rich, chocolatey milkshake, these seven cocktails will feed your need for creamy, islandy flavors. Here, the best rum and coconut drinks around.

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Fresh juices are the secret to making an extra delicious Painkiller. Pair the bright, citrusy flavors of pineapple and orange with dark rum and rich cream of coconut, and take off to tiki paradise.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Pineapple Juice
Cream of Coconut
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Next time you prepare corn on the cob, save the cornsilk to make cornsilk-infused coconut milk for this creamy brunch cocktail. The infused coconut milk comes together with rum and banana liqueur for an adult beverage that’s reminiscent of the sweet cereal milk you loved as a kid.

The Essentials

rum
coconut milk
banana liqueur
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The best Girl Scout Cookie (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise) is even better in cocktail form. This decadent dessert drink mixes dark rum, coconut cream and honey liqueur to recreate the cookie’s flavor, while the Samoa cookie for garnish makes it your ultimate snacking pleasure.

The Essentials

dark rum
coconut cream
honey liqueur
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We’re suckers for a quality blue drink, and this bright tipple will transport you to a poolside afternoon in the Greek islands. The coconut water syrup is just as easy to make as regular simple syrup, but the infused syrup adds a creamy, tropical sweetness.

The Essentials

Pisco
Jamaican Rum
Blue Curaçao
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When the standard Piña Colada wasn’t strong enough for vacationers in Fire Island, local bartenders decided to do something about it. To make this version of the classic, they poured 151-proof rum right into the straw, turning the first sip into a strong jolt to get the party started.

The Essentials

dark rum
Amaretto
pineapple juice
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Kahlúa and crème de cacao give this Piña Colada variation a chocolatey, coffee-tinged edge. Add them along with white and dark rums, Coco Lopez and milk to a blender, and you basically have the tastiest milkshake ever.

The Essentials

white rum
kahlua
Coco Lopez
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If a Piña Colada is too heavy for your taste, try this lightened-up version, which swaps coconut cream for coconut water. While the traditional pineapple juice of a Piña Colada isn’t present in the cocktail, an egg white gives the drink a rich texture that’s even more satisfying than fruit juice.

The Essentials

Rum
Egg White
Coconut Water

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