Fresh pressed pineapple juice. Coconut water. Coconut meat. Is there a more perfect combination for a summer drink?
This chef-made pineapple coconut juice recipe can be made as a mocktail (no alcohol) or a cocktail (by adding white rum).
Either way, you’re in for an outrageously refreshing and delicious beverage.
Read on to learn why we love this fresh fruit juice, as well as how to open a young coconut in preparation for the recipe.
Why We Love This Pineapple Coconut Juice Recipe
If you like sweet, creamy, and refreshing drinks (and who doesn’t), you’re going to love this juice. Every sip tastes like you just bit into a ripe pineapple chunk coated in coconut milk.
Plus, this juice has loads of health benefits. It’s got a ton of the immune supporting vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Here is what the creator of this recipe, expert chef Ari Sexner, had to say about it:
“We wanted to create a fresh take on the classic pina colada, a fairly common blend of ingredients. Since it is so simple, the key to making this recipe top notch is to use great produce.
You want to make sure the pineapple is sweet and ripe. For the coconut meat ingredient, make sure to use the meat from high-quality, fresh young Thai Coconut.”
Make sure you heed that tip about using great produce! You may need to go to a specialty grocery store* to find high-quality young Thai coconut, but we promise it’s worth it.
*Whole Foods or Asian supermarkets like H Mart or 99 Ranch are good places to find young coconuts consistently.
How To Open a Young Thai Coconut
What you need:
- Large sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Young Thai coconut
And here are the steps to open it safely:
- Lay the coconut on its side.
- Using the large sharp knife, cut away the white husk around the top of the coconut to reveal the inner shell.
- With the coconut upright, firmly tap with the heel of your cleaver on the the top of the coconut, until the shell cracks into an opening.
- Taking care not to cut yourself, use the tip of your cleaver to pry the inner shell upward and off.
Would a visual guide help? Check out this YouTube video.
You will want to make sure the coconut water is nice and clear. If it has a pink or purplish tint to it, do not use it, it has gone bad. Same with the coconut meat, if it looks pinkish and is not white, do not use it.
Once it is is open, the meat from a young Thai coconut is soft and can be easily scraped out with a spoon or firm spatula. You may get a little brown shell lining that comes off with the white coconut and that is okay, you can use it like that.
How to Pick a Ripe Pineapple
How do you find a perfectly ripe pineapple? It’s actually pretty simple. Use these 5 tips to pick a ripe pineapple next time you go to the market: How to Pick a Ripe Pineapple