Can't decide between a piña colada and a margarita? The coco margarita is the best of both worlds. This fun cocktail recipe has the tequila base of a margarita and the delicious combination of pineapple and coconut that makes the piña colada great.
A delicious drink, the coco margarita is very easy to mix up. It's a shaken margarita and, as with all pineapple cocktails, the shaking produces a wonderful froth that complements the creamy coconut. You'll also find that switching from the colada's rum to tequila gives it an interesting background flavor.
It's a perfect cocktail for any summer party and a great way to show off your favorite tequila.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour all the ingredients.
- Shake well and strain into a chilled margarita glass.
- Garnish with a pineapple wedge.
If you like, this margarita can be blended. Simply pour the ingredients into a blender with about 3/4 cup ice. Add more ice or cream of coconut if it's not quite as thick as you like.
Choose Your Tequila
As with all margaritas, the tequila you choose to pour will enhance the flavor of the coco margarita.
Since it does have such strong flavors, you don't have to pour your best tequila, but it should be one of a decent quality.
For a margarita like this, a good blanco (or silver) tequila is a great way to go. These unaged tequilas have a rather neutral flavor that's similar to rum, though it's not sweet. Instead, you get that great earthy flavor that is a signature of tequila.
Blanco tequilas also tend to be the most affordable. If you have a favorite brand, you can typically expect to pay $10 less for the blanco than you would for the slightly aged reposado. Yet, there is something to be said for adding that slight oak flavor to the coconut-pineapple mix. It's intriguing and worth trying at least once.
When it comes to the other ingredients, fresh is best. The sour mix is very easy to make at home and is nothing more than lemon-lime-flavored simple syrup. You can control the flavor to suit your taste and it's much better tasting and cheaper than buying those sugary sour mixes at the liquor store.
Fresh lime juice is also highly recommended. The average lime yields between 1/2 and 1 ounce of juice, so you can easily get one or two margaritas out of a single fruit.
If you have an electric juicer, grab a fresh pineapple. You'll want it for the garnish, anyway. It will produce a superior coco margarita to one made with canned pineapple juice.
Pineapples are so juicy that you can even muddle chunks to extract the juice without a juicer. It takes a little more work, but it's one of the easier fruits to juice by hand.
Simply strain out the chunks of pineapple through a fine mesh strainer, pressing it to get even more juice. Squeezing it in cheesecloth bundle can also maximize your juice yield.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||5 g|
|Saturated Fat||4 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||4 g|