This Tropical Cocktail Is King of All Coconut Rum Drinks

Can't afford an island getaway? This cocktail is the next best thing. You can make these tasty coconut rum drinks for two or for a whole party!

There’s nothing like summer on the back porch with a tropical drink in hand. And these guava coconut rum drinks feel a little more sophisticated than your standard strawberry daiquiri or pina colada.

This recipe is perfect for two, but feel free to size up the batch for a party—all you need is a bigger pitcher!

We love these cocktails and mocktails for a backyard bash, too.

Here’s Our Coconut Rum Drink Recipe

This recipe comes from Melanie Milhorat in New York. “My beverage is so sensational it’s like a taste of the tropics in a glass,” she says. “The guava adds a touch of sweetness to this coconut drink.”

Yield: 2 cocktails

Ingredients

  • Ice cubes
  • 4 ounces coconut rum
  • 4 ounces guava nectar
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 6 to 8 dashes bitters
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • 4 ounces coconut water
  • Fresh pineapple wedge, for garnish

Step 1: Collect your ingredients

Get started by gathering up your ingredients. Guava nectar is a little outside the standard cocktail pantry, but it’s easy to find at most grocery stores or on Amazon. And most tropical drinks don’t feature bitters, but this recipe uses a few dashes to balance out the sweet coconut rum and nectar. (Psst! Might as well order a bottle while you’re getting that guava nectar.)

Step 2: Chill and stir

Fill a pitcher or large glass 3/4 full with ice. Pour in all the ingredients (except the coconut water) and stir vigorously until condensation forms on the outside of the glass.

Step 3: Strain and serve

Strain the drink into two tumblers. Then, add fresh ice and top with coconut water. For major vacation vibes, garnish with a pineapple wedge or festive cocktail umbrella. Enjoy!

How to Make This Coconut Rum Drink Your Own

The best part about this recipe? It’s completely customizable. Try these fun add-ons and substitutions to fit your taste.

Pop in some pineapple. Can’t find guava nectar? Substitute pineapple juice. It will give the drink a tart, refreshing twist.

Make it sparkle. Instead of topping your cocktail with coconut water, pour in some sparkling wine. (Your favorite rosé will keep the drink nice and pink.)

Blend it up. Instead of making a stirred drink, pour all the ingredients into a blender (this one’s our fave) with a cup of ice. You can even substitute the coconut water with coconut cream for an extra-creamy twist. Then blend and serve!

Make it zero-proof. Skip the booze and make this a refreshing summer spritz by substituting the rum with sparkling water or soda.

Now, pair this drink with a Caribbean-inspired dish and you’ll feel like you’re on an island getaway—even if you’re just escaping to the backyard.

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Mandy Naglich
Mandy is a food and beverage writer with bylines at WNYC, Munchies, Mic and October. She's a Certified Cicerone and award-winning homebrewer living, writing and cooking in New York City.