We combined coconut and bourbon in one delicious and bubbly cocktail–what’s not to love?


Credit: Southern Living

Recipe Summary

45 mins
15 mins

We combined coconut and bourbon in one delicious cocktail–what’s not to love? This delightful beverage is both flavorful and refreshing. It all starts with a coconut simple syrup, and it really is that simple! Just combine sugar, water, and sweetened coconut flakes in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until all 3 ingredients are fully incorporated. The coconut simple syrup adds an irresistible sweetness to the smoky bourbon. Of course, we topped it off with sparkling water for a bubbly twist.

Whether you’re sitting on a sunny beach in the summer or enjoying a cozy fire in the winter, this Coconut Bourbon Spritz does just the trick. It’s the perfect combination of sugary and robust. And naturally we added a festive garnish to this bubbly beverage, and it comes together in mere minutes. Just pop toasted coconut into a food processor to create a tasty and adorable rimmed glass. Cheers, y’all!


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk together sugar, 1/2 cup coconut, and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium, whisking often, until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, place remaining 1/4 cup coconut in a medium cast iron skillet and cook over medium-low, stirring often, until coconut is toasted, about 5-7 minutes. Remove coconut from skillet and set aside to cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

  • Once coconut is cool, place in a mini food processor and process on high until coconut is very finely chopped, about 30 seconds. Place coconut on a small plate.

  • Strain coconut syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a wide-rimmed bowl; discard coconut. Dip rims of 2 rocks glasses in the coconut syrup, then dip rims into the chopped coconut to create coconut-rimmed glasses. Turn glasses over and fill with ice.

  • Combine lemon juice, bourbon, and 1 ounce of the coconut syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain mixture through cocktail shaker and evenly divide among coconut-rimmed glasses. Top each glass with 21/2 ounces of sparkling water to serve.