This Coconut Lime Mocktail is such an easy and tasty non-alcoholic drink! It's perfect for anytime from Dry January to those summer days when you just want a fancy drink without the booze. With fresh lime juice and coconut milk, it's absolutely delicious and is a fantastic alternative for anyone looking for a non-alcoholic drink that doesn't skimp on flavor.
This is a great springtime mocktail, perfect for sipping on St. Paddy's day or throughout the summer. Of course, it's perfect for Dry January too!
If you're a fan of mocktails, try out some more of my booze-free sips! This Pineapple Mocktail is such a tasty and easy tropical mocktail. The Citrus Slush is a great frozen mocktail, or the Ginger Beer Bitters Mocktail is a great drink that uses non-alcoholic bitters.
Making a Mocktail
Creating great mocktails is a little bit different than cocktails. Without the added layer of alcohol and the flavors from that, mocktails can get watered down really quickly.
In this drink, combining a creamy ingredient like coconut with fresh lime juice will give us a ton of flavor without being too watery. If you find that your drink is getting too watered down, try using a sweeter simple syrup (2 to 1 ratio of sugar to water) so you don't have to add as much liquid to get the same sweetness.
Here are the ingredients you'll need to make this drink:
- Lime juice - preferably fresh lime juice, for the best flavor.
- Coconut milk - using unsweetened coconut milk will give you the power to choose the sweetness level.
- Simple syrup - I used homemade simple syrup, but you can buy this in the store too.
- Lime flavored seltzer - this amps up the lime flavor even more. Topo Chico makes a great lime sparkling water, or just use any you can find in the grocery store.
- Lime slice for garnish - optional, but definitely recommended!
Here are some ways you can substitute the ingredients in this drink:
- Coconut Milk - if you don't have coconut milk, try using cream of coconut. This is actually a coconut based syrup, so you'll have to omit the simple syrup since it will have plenty of sweetness already. (**NOTE: don't use dairy milk in this drink, because the lime juice will just make it curdle.)
- Lime sparkling water - you can use plain sparkling water here instead of lime, or try a different flavored water like coconut flavor or vanilla flavor.
- Syrup - instead of simple syrup, you can use maple syrup or agave nectar.
Here are some variations on this recipe:
- Keto Friendly Coconut Lime Mocktail - it's easy to make this into a keto-friendly low sugar drink. Just switch out the simple syrup for a syrup made with a sugar free sweetener. My favorite is allulose! You can use store bought sugar free syrup, or you can find more info on how to make your own in my How to Make Simple Syrup post.
- Mojito Version - Add fresh mint leaves and gently muddle them with the lime juice for a mojito mocktail twist. Serve this one over ice and add some more mint as garnish.
- Additional garnish - try dipping the rim of the glass in syrup and then into sweetened dried shredded coconut for an extra fancy garnish. Or, try rubbing sugar together with lime zest and add that to the rim instead.
- Alcohol Substitute version - if you want a little extra oomph in the flavor department, try adding ½ to 1 ounce of an alcohol substitute. In this drink, try a rum substitute, like Lyre's White Cane non-alcoholic spirit, or a tequila substitute, like Lyre's Agave Blanco.
You'll want to have a cocktail shaker and strainer for this one, because the coconut milk can sometimes settle. So, it's better after shaking and aerating the liquids together.
Also grab a jigger and a citrus juicer, plus a martini glass to serve the drink. You'll also want to have a knife and cutting board to prep the fresh lime and garnish.
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Start out by preparing your lime and lime slice garnish. Cut a slice from the middle of the lime for the prettiest presentation!
Add fresh lime juice and the simple syrup to your cocktail shaker.
Measure and add in your coconut milk, and then fill the shaker with ice.
Give everything a vigorous shake, about 10 to 15 times.
Then, strain the drink into your serving glass.
Top it off with the lime seltzer, and then add on your garnish before serving.
Hint: Try chilling your serving glass for about 30 minutes in the fridge before making this drink. It'll help keep the drink colder for longer!
Because of the coconut solids in the coconut milk, you might see some separation in the drink if you let it sit for a while. If that happens, just use a spoon or stirrer to mix everything together again.
Coconut Lime Mocktail
- Cocktail serving glass (Martini glass) (or a stemmed coupe glass)
- Knife and cutting board
- Prepare your lime slice. Cut a slice from the center of your lime, and then cut a slit in the side that we'll use to attach it to the glass rim later. Set aside.
- Add the lime juice, coconut milk and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
- Fill the shaker with ice.
- Shake the drink vigorously about 10-15 times to chill the liquid.
- Strain the drink into your serving glass.
- Top it off with the lime seltzer.
- Attach the lime slice to the rim of the glass before serving. Cheers!