Frozen Coconut Rum Drink

A true Type A personality, I tend to get pretty disappointed when a recipe doesn’t turn out.  But sometimes it leads to something even better.  Case in point: the gizzadas (Jamaican chewy coconut tartlettes) I attempted were a total failure.  The filling was too watery and the pinched dough of the crust didn’t hold up.  The good part is that I only tested half a batch, leaving a good amount of frozen young coconut left over and so back to the drawing board, i.e., my stack of Jamaican cookbooks, I went.

I kept coming back to a super simple drink recipe… coconut water with rum.  The cookbook author kept referring to it as the “man’s drink” of Jamaica.  Well fellas, thanks for the idea but we ladies like to do it up a little bit.  And so this simple pairing of rum and coconut morphed into a gorgeous, pure and dazzling white frozen drink.  Sweetened with condensed milk, the coconut shreds and ice give the drink body while the rum gives it just a little kick.  I’m seriously wondering how these things aren’t a staple at tropical beachside bars around the world.

The only thing in its way?  The lack of snazzy name.  Perhaps the Coconut Rum Blizzard?  Or the Whiteout?


Frozen Coconut Rum Drink

Yield: 2 servings


* 1 cup frozen young coconut, partially thawed
* 3 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
* 2 Tablespoons rum, your choice of white, gold, or coconut
* 2 cups ice
* Toasted coconut, for garnish (optional)


In a blender, combine the coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rum and ice and blend until smooth. Top with toasted coconut, if desired.

Note: frozen young coconut can be found at many Asian grocery stores.

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5 Responses to “Frozen Coconut Rum Drink”

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    Trei — April 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    If you liked this drink you should try coquitos! It's a similar coconut drink but a bit warmer with some spices added in. Delicious.


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    Kathleen — April 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Sounds delicious!


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    Morgan — April 18, 2011 at 2:26 am

    This is an amazing recipe. I know what I'm making this summer once it gets hot.


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    Olivia — April 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I love coconuts and everything that's made with it. This sounds like the perfect mix for a cocktail served on a sunny beach. :)


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    Josh — April 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Hey, some guys like to “do it up” too. Nice recipe turnaround. Nothing like a cocktail to temper that disappointment. Cheers.


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