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How to Drink Out of A Coconut


My friends at Paradise Cocktails sent me an email asking how to serve drinks in a coconut.  This is something I hadn't tried before, but it sounded like fun.  So I did some research.  It turns out it is really pretty easy to hack open a coconut so you can use it as a cup.


The first thing you want to do is drain the coconut water.  To do that use a nail or punch to put two holes in the coconut.  The best place to do this is in the eyes of the coconut.  They are softer and easy to poke through using a hammer.

Next, drain the coconut water.  Be sure to save the coconut water it is delicious, and can be used in a variety of different cocktails.  I suggest you filter the coconut water to separate out pieces of the shell that may have fallen in.  You can even freeze the coconut water to save it for longer periods of time.

After the coconut is drained use a large knife and chop the end off.   Be sure to keep turning the coconut as you chop away the hard shell. This makes it easier to break open.  After a few minutes you should break through the tough shell.  You may want to do this outside.  We had pieces of coconut flying everywhere.

After that, wash out the coconut.  Then, it is ready to serve drinks in.  You can reuse the same coconut several times throughout the night. Just keep filling it.  

Coconut Water, Rum Cocktail

Since I had coconut water I decided to make a coconut water, rum cocktail. First add some ice to the coconut. Then add:


  • 2 oz coconut water
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/4 of a lime


Stir everything together and serve.  This is a great simple cocktail.  The coconut water has a mildly sweet, yet refreshing, flavor. It is also slightly salty.  The rum and the lime really complement the coconut water.



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Reader Comments (9)

What a fantastic and informative video! Not everyone can break open a coconut that easily... and as neat!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Beach

Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. The coconut was neat, but the shell flew everywhere!

March 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterLet's Tiki

I was worried for you as you were hacking away at that coconut. I have never tried this before and wondered how hard it would be. I think I will leave this one to the experts. Glad you didn't take off a finger. Im drinking a coconut cocktail right now. Very tasty, and coconut water is really good for your too.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine Tiki

I know! I was waiting for the knife to slip. That's why I called in the reinforcements. :-)

April 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterLet's Tiki

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December 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpintrl pintrl

that was the funniest thing I ever saw. You couldnt cut off the top of the coconut and my 8 year old neice could!:)

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertiki wiki

I opened my coconut with a drill and a 2 inch hole saw bit. If you have these items already, it's easier than using a knife. It makes a perfect round hole too.

April 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrancis

Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue. I just found another blog on coconut water too

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoconut water

I ended up with a couple of coconuts. I like the flavor but can do without the texture so I've been looking for things to do with these. I may try this. Thank for the write up

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWaldoe

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