Coconut Cooler

Coconut Cooler tastes like vacation in a glass! One sip of this coconut drink and you’ll feel like you’re lounging beachside in the sun. Creamy, refreshing and delicious!

Ever feel like you need a little tropical escape?

A pitcher of Coconut Horchatas isn’t exactly the same as an island vacation, but it might just be the next best thing.


Creamy Coconut Cooler

Coconut Horchatas are a spin on the traditional Mexican rice drink. This recipe is made with condensed milk and coconut water for a refreshing cold drink that’s easy to make. If you’re looking for a more traditional version with rice, I have a Mexican Horchata recipe too!

Ingredients for a Creamy Coconut Cooler

What do I need?

This Coconut Cream Cooler comes together in no time just a handful of ingredients.

  • coconutWe use a fresh, medium sized coconut, cut into small pieces.
  • coconut water You can use bottled coconut water or get it fresh from the coconut.
  • evaporated milk
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • vanilla Use vanilla extract or vanilla bean seeds for incredible flavor.

You will also need water and ice for serving the coconut coolers.

A pitcher of a drink made with coconut.

Can I use coconut milk instead of coconut?

You can use coconut milk in place of the coconut meat and coconut water, but the results won’t be the same.

For best flavor, I recommend buying a whole coconut and extracting the water first before chopping the meat. If you’re short on time, you can also use pre-chopped coconut and a bottle of packaged coconut water to make this coconut cooler recipe.

Process shots for a Coconut Cooler drink.

How do I get water out of a coconut?

You don’t need a special tool to get the water out of a fresh coconut. I use a corkscrew wine bottle opener!

Find the “eyes” of the coconut–the dark spots located the top. Insert the tip of your corkscrew into one eye and twist, just as if you were opening a bottle of wine. Once you’ve fully punctured the coconut, remove the corkscrew.

If you don’t have a corkscrew, you can use a sharp paring knife to carve out a whole instead.

Once you’ve made a hole, hold the coconut upside down over a bowl to drain the water. Once all the water is extracted, slice the coconut in half and chop up the flesh inside.

To make the Coconut Horchata, you’ll blend the coconut and coconut water with the milks and vanilla. Serve over ice!

Pouring a coconut cooler into a glass.


  • Coconut Horchata can be topped with all kinds of fun garnishes. Try serving it with a sprig of mint, a sprinkle of cinnamon, shredded coconut flakes, even some fresh pineapple slices!
  • These refreshers can be served strained or unstrained. I like the added texture the coconut chunks add to the creamy drink. If you like a smoother coconut cooler, strain the liquid into a pitcher to remove the extra coconut.
  • This recipe makes about 4 generously portioned Coconut Refreshers. Feel free to double the recipe if you’re serving a larger crowd.

Drink Recipes

Whether it’s summer time or I just WISH it were summer, I’m all about the refreshing beverages with tropical flavors! These Pina Colada Milkshakes are another easy coconut drink I make year round. You’ll love them with or without the rum. For lemonade fans it doesn’t get any better than Fresh Strawberry Lemonade, especially on a sunny day.

When cocktail hour arrives, everyone goes crazy for these Frozen Bahama Mamas. They’re the perfect way to get a party started or for just sipping on the porch on a warm night. For a boozy drink that doubles as dessert, try this Marshmallow Mudslide recipe.

Need a sweet drink the whole family can enjoy? This Reese’s Peanut Butter Creme Pie Shake is a delight for the kid crowd, but the adults deserve a few sips too!

A coconut drink with a piece of coconut.

Even more drink recipes to sip and savor. . .

Coconut Recipes

After you make the coconut refreshers, give these other glorious coconut recipes a try.

A Coconut Cream Cooler

A cool refreshing drink, this Coconut Cooler will take you right to the tropics with one sip of that creamy coconut flavor!

Creamy Coconut Cooler


Coconut Cooler

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Coconut Cooler, Coconut Cream Cooler
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 487kcal
Author Lynne Feifer


  • chef’s knife
  • cutting board
  • Blender
  • fine sieve
  • pitcher


  • 1 medium coconut cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup coconut water from the coconut
  • 8 cups water divided
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ice


  • If you are using a natural coconut, begin by making a small hole in the coconut to remove the water. Open it in half and chop the coconut meat into small pieces.
  • Put the coconut flesh, the fresh coconut water, 4 cups of the water, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla into a blender. Blend until smooth and the coconut is very soft.
  • Strain half of the mixture into a pitcher and add the remainder of it without straining, so you have some pieces of fresh coconut. If you prefer not to have any pieces of coconut, strain all of it. You may add a tablespoon or two of the contents in the strainer for extra flavor.
  • Add the remaining 4 cups of water to the pitcher. Stir and refrigerate or serve immediately over glasses filled with ice.
  • Garnish with slices of coconut, mint, cinnamon or sliced fresh pineapple.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 817mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 468IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 534mg | Iron: 1mg

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