Rum Smoothie with Strawberries and Coconut
Are you having dinner guests soon? Planning a tropical party? Or maybe you've simply bought a new blender and want to celebrate with a smooth, blended cocktail. Creamy drinks don't have to just be for summer!
Why not try a rum smoothie with real strawberries and the indulgent creaminess of coconut milk? This recipe cuts the calories with coconut water, but provides all the refreshing flavor expected in a thick, blended drink.
Ingredients for Strawberry Coconut Rum Smoothie
- 3 cups frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 3/4 cup light rum
- 1/8 - 1/4 cup lime juice, optional
- Sweetened dried coconut, or powdered cream of coconut to taste, optional
How to Make a Rum Smoothie with Strawberries and Coconut
- To the blender, add the following ingredients: the coconut water, coconut milk, lime juice, and the frozen strawberries. The lime juice is optional, but it will cut some of the sweetness of the strawberries and brighten the flavor of the drink tremendously. Simply smelling the tanginess of lime juice will have you smacking your lips in anticipation!
- Blend for five seconds to break down the berries slightly.
- Add the rum and blend until smooth. Pour into pretty glasses (i.e. daiquiri, margarita, or martini style), garnish with dried sweetened coconut if desired, hand out to your guests, and enjoy! Serve immediately, as you do not want the drink to lose its body.
- Option: add some of the sweetened coconut to Step 1. It will result in a sweeter drink, which some might prefer.
Make it Look Pretty
Dip the edge of the serving glasses in coconut milk and then sweetened coconut or powdered cream of coconut to bring the excitement of the tropics to your table.
Fill with the rum smoothie and sip, sip, sip!
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Coconut Milk vs. Coconut Water
Coconut milk is a thick, viscous, sweet fluid pressed from the meat of mature coconuts and loaded with calories and fat (one cup of this highly caloric liquid boasts about 550 calories and 50 grams of fat). Lite coconut milk has about a quarter of the calories and far less fat, but what you avoid in calories you also lose in richness and flavor.
Coconut water is the pale yellow clear liquid from inside young coconuts. It's naturally sweet with 450mg of potassium per cup and only 45 calories. However, it's not suitable to substitute coconut water for coconut milk in recipes since the flavors and consistencies are so different. You can make your own coconut water by hammering a nail through the the eyes of young coconuts and letting the liquid inside drain out.
Calories and Substitutions
In this recipe, I used Goya regular coconut milk, which is lower in fat and calories (and not as thick) as other brands available.
If you choose to use lite coconut milk, omit the coconut water and bump up the ratio of lite coconut milk accordingly. You certainly don't want a drink that is too watery!
When serving four people, the calories in this drink equal about 225 per person and six grams of fat; if serving six, the count goes down to 150 calories with 4 fat grams. These amounts make one of these drinks a perfect dessert treat or something relaxing to sip while poolside. Enjoy, but don't overdo it!