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Rum Smoothie with Strawberries and Coconut

Updated on January 30, 2013
Rum smoothies with real strawberries and coconut milk is truly a tropical treat.
Rum smoothies with real strawberries and coconut milk is truly a tropical treat. | Source
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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 a rum smoothie: light rum, frozen strawberries, coconut milk, and coconut water.
Ingredients for a rum smoothie: light rum, frozen strawberries, coconut milk, and coconut water. | Source
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: About 4 servings (1 cup) or 6 servings (3/4 cup)

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
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Coconut water is pale yellow in color and watery...... while coconut milk is white and creamy. Add the frozen berries...... and blend.Rimmed with coconut, this smoothie is a party in a glass!
Coconut water is pale yellow in color and watery...
Coconut water is pale yellow in color and watery... | Source
... while coconut milk is white and creamy.
... while coconut milk is white and creamy. | Source
Add the frozen berries...
Add the frozen berries... | Source
... and blend.
... and blend. | Source
Rimmed with coconut, this smoothie is a party in a glass!
Rimmed with coconut, this smoothie is a party in a glass! | Source

How to Make a Rum Smoothie with Strawberries and Coconut

  1. 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!
  2. Blend for five seconds to break down the berries slightly.
  3. 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.
  4. Option: add some of the sweetened coconut to Step 1. It will result in a sweeter drink, which some might prefer.
Rim a glass with coconut or powdered coconut for a festive, professional look.
Rim a glass with coconut or powdered coconut for a festive, professional look. | Source

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!


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    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey, Cara! :-) I do like coconut rum, but I prefer it in drinks on the rocks. But why not bulk up the coconut flavor as much as possible in this blended drink? Next time I'm at the liquor store, I'll have to pick some up. :-)

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      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Yummy! This sounds delicious. Have you tried using coconut rum instead of the traditional rum? One of my favorite (easy) summer drinks is coconut rum and pineapple juice. I'm having company soon so I think I'll have to serve this one! :)

    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey, Brainy Bunny! I've never made a pina colada at home, but I'll see if I can come up with something good. :-)

    • Brainy Bunny profile image

      Brainy Bunny 

      6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      I've never had strawberries and coconut together, but I bet it's delicious. Do you have any tricks for a traditional pina colada? I'd like to learn how to make that.

    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, Rui! I appreciate it!

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      Rui Carreira 

      6 years ago from Torres Novas

      Want it! Great hub! Beautiful design

    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi, girishpuri! I hope she enjoys it. :^) Thanks so much for the vote!

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      sounds delicious, thanks for the recipe for my wife.voted up

    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      You're so welcome, Cyndi10! Thanks for stopping by. :^)

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      This looks delicious. I'll have to give it a try the next time I have friends over. Thank you for giving the recipe out.

    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, Alissa! When the time comes, let me know if you liked it as much as I do! :^)

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      Alissa Roberts 

      6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Now this sounds delish! One of these after a long stressful day is my idea of heaven on earth. Of course, I will have to wait awhile before I can give this recipe a try but rest assure this will be the first drink I make myself ;) Great recipe - voted up!

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