No kidding, this orange coconut water mocktail recipe is going to become one of your favorite homemade drinks to make.
As you may or may not know, I love a good mocktail, and recently, mixing orange juice and coconut water together has been one of my favorite drinks to prepare.
If you are new to mocktails, let me first start by assuring you that you have made an excellent decision by deciding to switch out alcoholic drinks for non-acholic options.
As someone who is not the biggest fan of alcohol and has spoken about my detest for it several times on the blog, I understand the importance of having enjoyable alternatives that still allow you to socialize and have a great time without compromising your preferences.
That’s where this orange coconut water mocktail recipe comes in. It’s refreshing, nutrient-packed, and bursting with tropical flavors that make you feel like you’re living your best life on a private island.
Honestly, if you haven’t tried making mocktails by mixing orange juice and coconut water together, now is an excellent time to start.
What is Coconut Water and what are its benefits?
Short answer: coconut water is the water extracted from young coconuts.
It’s not some fancy 50-ingredient mixture or a special groundbreaking drink that was developed by some genius in a Harvard University lab. However, it shouldn’t be confused with coconut milk, which is something entirely different.
Coconut water has several health benefits making it a great drink to incorporate into your diet.
Besides the obvious benefits of helping you stay hydrated, coconut water is rich in potassium, antioxidants, and amino acids that can support overall well-being and muscle recovery.
Plus, it is low in sugar making it a healthier alternative to many commercial beverages.
Ingredients For Orange Coconut Water Mocktail
Coconut water: Preferably chilled. I used store-bought coconut water, but feel free to break open a coconut and extract the water (if you do, props to you).
Freshly squeezed orange juice: Orange juice adds a nice flavor to this mocktail. However, pineapple juice will work really well too.
Juice of a lime: Helps balance out the sweetness.
Agave or Honey: Coconut water can be pretty bland on its own, so to give it a little sweetness, I used agave. However, honey or maple syrup will work as well.
Mint Leaves: For a nice minty flavor.
Ice: Don’t skip the ice, please. This is totally not optional. Ice just makes this drink more refreshing, I promise.
How To Make Orange Coconut Water Mocktail Recipe
Preparing this orange coconut water mocktail is pretty straightforward. However, I recommend having a cocktail shaker on hand to combine the ingredients properly. Follow these step-by-step instructions to ensure you have the perfect drink. A recipe card is also included at the end of this post for exact measurements.
Step 1: Combine Citrus Juices
Extract the juice from both an orange and a lime, mix them together, and then set it aside.
Step 2: Prepare the Sweetener
In a small shot glass, combine agave syrup with a tablespoon of coconut water to create a liquid sweetener. Feel free to adjust the amount of agave according to your taste.
Step 3: Combine it all together
In a cocktail shaker, combine the chilled coconut water, orange-lime juice mixture, and the liquid sweetener.
Step 4: Add mint leaves
Slap a few mint leaves between your palms to release the oils and add them to the cocktail shaker. Cover the shaker and lightly shake to combine.
Step 5: Serve your orange coconut water mocktail
Fill glasses with ice cubes and mint, and pour the prepared mocktail into the glass. Garnish with a slice of lime for a vibrant touch and serve.
Why You’ll Love This Drink
As the trend towards healthier and refreshing beverages continues to grow, this orange coconut water mocktail stands out as a prime choice.
Using coconut water for this mocktail gives it a light and refreshing base, while the added fruit flavors make it fun to sip on.
It doesn’t have loads of sugar, so it’s better for you than many store-bought drinks. Perfect for hot days, parties, or when you just want something nice to drink, this mocktail is both delicious and good for you.
It’s a simple treat that’ll quickly become your favorite!
Can I use coconut milk instead of coconut water?
Yes, you can use coconut milk, but it will give the mocktail a creamier texture and a richer coconut flavor. You might need to adjust other ingredients for balance.
How long can I store the drink in the fridge?
It’s best to consume the mocktail immediately for the freshest taste without becoming too minty, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
I don’t like coconut; what’s a good substitute for coconut water in the mocktail?
There are several alternatives, such as Sprite or sparkling water. Each will give a different flavor profile to your drink, so keep that in mind.
Can I add alcohol to this recipe?
Absolutely! If you wish to turn it into a cocktail, you can add your preferred spirit. Rum or vodka pairs well with many coconut water-based drinks.
Orange Coconut Water Mocktail
- 1 cup coconut water - chilled
- ½ cup orange juice - freshly squeezed
- 2 tbsp lime juice - juice of 1 lime
- 2 tsp agave nectar - or honey
- mint leaves - one handful
- Ice cubes
- lime slice - for garnish
- Squeeze the juice out of one orange and one lime, mix them together, and then set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the agave nectar (or honey) with a tablespoon of coconut water to create a more liquid sweetener. Adjust the amount of agave according to your taste.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the coconut water, orange-lime juice mixture and liquid sweetener.
- Slap a few mint leaves between your palms to release the oils and add them to the cocktail shaker. Cover the cocktail shaker and gently shake to combine flavors.
- Fill glasses with ice cubes, and pour the prepared coconut water mocktail over the ice, ensuring each glass gets some mint leaves. Serve your orange coconut water mocktail and Enjoy!