A cocktail with strawberries and coconut water

strawberry cocktail

I have wanted to experiment and make drinks using coconut water since I first sipped this delectable nectar straight out of a coconut a few years ago. It was love at first sip and I’ve been looking for it ever since. This is how a cocktail with strawberries and coconut water came about.

Only recently have fresh coconuts shown up on our shelves, so when Tandy came to cook her bouillabaisse at my house recently, I decided to make this drink. I had strawberries which are now in season and thought this would be a perfect partner and not overpower the subtle flavour of the coconut water.

coconut water cocktail

strawberry and coconut water cocktail

You can make this a ‘virgin’ (no alcohol) or add a splash of white rum to make it more exciting. Vodka will also do the trick. It’s so delicious I really should give it a name. Any suggestions are welcome.

The fun and games started when two women with one large kitchen knife attempted to hack the coconut open. It is not as easy as it looks in movies. It requires some brute force and a level of accuracy, and it’s at times like these that I wish I had a man around. Anyway, my coconut came with a little picture instruction booklet on where to cut the top off which we eventually managed to do.

The impossible part came later when we tried to crack the whole thing open to get to the white fleshy bits. I opted instead to give Tandy the fruit to take home since I’m not a big fan of coconut flesh anyway.

a delectable cocktail with strawberries and coconut water

Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes


  • 1 cup 250ml of fresh coconut water
  • 1 cup 250 ml strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 3 T of sugar syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 shot as much as you like of white rum *optional


  • To make the sugar syrup you need to boil sugar and water together in a ratio of 1:3 sugar to water, and boil in until it thickens to a runny syrup consistency. Store in a jar for all future cocktail making. It pretty much lasts forever.
  • Cut open the coconut, or if you are lucky enough to live in a country that sells fresh coconut water in a bottle, measure one cup. Add the strawberries, sugar syrup and rum and blend with a blender.
  • Serve with loads of ice.


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  1. Oh my Sam this sounds & looks amazing–i am sure i am going to make it for our Diwali celebrations in the next 2 weeks.

  2. You will love it Usha, I just wish that coconuts were not so expensive.

  3. Thanks Sam, you should try one of the green grocers in the prominent Indian areas, as you should get it for around R10-R12 each. You can also try the dry coconut, but when you buy that shake to hear if there is any water in it.

  4. Wow, Sam! Your pictures and styling are always so stunning!! I love the Stellenbosch Slow Market – might see you there!

  5. Beautiful – a perfect summer drink!

  6. Hi Lori, this coconut water is the shiz nizz – Im going to hunt down cheaper ones as per Usha’s advise 🙂

  7. Thanks Zirkie, I hope I do. I’m most definitely going to be after Rudi’s strawberry sausages.

  8. You know I have never liked coconut water. It is so super sweet. That’s not to say I wouldn’t like your drink. It looks too pretty not to like.

  9. Thanks Suzanne, I didn’t find it sweet at all, perhaps because it was a young coconut? not sure. It definitely needed the sugar syrup.

  10. I went to buy a green coconut yesterday and there weren’t any. Kim tells me that there is definitely tetra packs of the water available so I am going to see if I can find some. I managed to get the flesh out, but it was not that nice and got tossed 🙂 I have a fantastic recipe to try if I can find the coconut water.

  11. Hi T, Ja my friend Lori said she has seen packs in Joburg and I had heard at Spar in Green Point as they stock a lot o f imported drinks. I went to check, and they didn’t have,it would be so much more convenient to buy it in a bottle. Let me know if / where you find.

    S x

  12. beth perry-davis says:

    I have been calling this a coco rojo! Feel free to use that. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  13. HI Beth – Coco Rojo is pretty cool 🙂

  14. Linda Brickhouse says:

    To open the coconut, take a hammer and tap around the coconut. Most of the time it will split open. To get the coconut water stick an ice pick in the indented area which is a darker spot. Put it over a glass and let it drain out. This is what we did when I was growing up. My 94 year old mother used fresh coconut all the time.

  15. Hi Linda, thanks so much for this awesome advise. No ice pick around here, but the hammer I will do next time.

  16. Barbara Sloan says:

    How about “Pink Maui”? Also, isn’t coconut water the same as coconut milk? We have that in the states in cans in a regular grocery store. I have some on hand since I am on a coconut oil kick as recommended by Dr. Bruce Fife who writes several books on the subject. VERY healthy! Quite the opposite of everything we’ve been taught about “healthy oils”. Well, enough of that, on to making some cocktails!! Thanks for the recipe, Sam!

  17. Hi Barbara, no coconut water is very different to the milk and cream. The water is a clear liquid found in the middle of a young coconut. The milk and cream come from the white flesh of the fruit. This can separate into white solids and a clear liquid part.

  18. Barbara Sloan says:

    Thanks, Sam. I found the coconut water the other day. Can’t wait to try it. Cheers!!

  19. Watermelon Coke (for coconut:) You can purchase coconut water at costcos with over a year shelf life. 24 for about 10 bucks.

  20. HI Chris, yes that is right and yes its a lot. All the flavour comes from these herbs. Enjoy! Its seriously an amazing recipe and very popular

  21. very nice cocktail and beautiful photographs, looks so refreshing, thank you for this!

  22. Thanks Sabrina 🙂

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