Coco Loco Cocktail – Outstanding Colombian Coconut Drink

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About The Coco Loco

The Coco Loco is a popular beach and street stand cocktail in Colombian that has spread to other parts of the Caribbean. Now I’ve never been to Colombia and couldn’t find any old recipe books mentioning it so everything I have learned about it I got from the all mighty Google. Granted it does seem to be a pretty popular beach goer and tourist drink with each selling using a different recipe. I couldn’t find anything canon on the coco loco and like so many Caribbean cocktails it seem to be comfortably living as a quite local drink with countless variations. The coco loco is often made right on the beach in front of the customer. The vendor cuts the top off a coconut, add the ingredients in with the coconut water, gives the coconut a couple shakes and put a straw in the hole. Although even with all the variety every recipe I tested includes coconut cream, coconut water, lime juice, simple syrup, vodka, white rum, and silver tequila. So basically I just stuck to the average of most recipes I found. I do question how old it is and can’t see it being older than the 1950s, at the most. The inclusion of vodka is odd since vodka didn’t really leave Russia in large volumes till the bolshevik revolution in 1917. Furthermore vodka didn’t become a popular cocktail spirit till the 1940s with the invention of the Moscow Mule in LA. If the Coco Loco is older than that then I imagine vodka was a later addition to boost the ABV for suit american taste.

Variations of the Coco Loco

From what I read there seem to be as many recipes for the coco loco as there are people making it. Its a cheap and easy to make cocktail that tourist can be suckered into paying a high price for. In fact most of the major Caribbean cruise ships have their own recipe for it too. The recipe provided here is the sum of all the recipes I could find for it in English and Spanish averaged out. Think of this as a default recipe, but if you want to add something that improves it or make it unique then go for it.


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Coco Loco Cocktail – Outstanding Colombian Coconut Drink

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Colombian






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Learn how to make a Coco Loco.


  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz Coconut Milk

  • 2 oz Coconut Water

  • 1/2 oz Vodka

  • 1/2 oz Silver Tequila

  • 1/2 oz White Rum


  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker and add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass filled with ice.


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