Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch

Did you know that coconut water is great for helping with hangovers?

Coconut water is great for rebalancing the body and replenishing electrolytes because it’s high in potassium so after heavy exercise, heavy exertion, or heavy drinking, coconut water is fabulous.

Drinking coconut water with your wine or champagne is what I like to think of as good preventative medicine.

And let’s not forget, we’re getting our Vitamin C because of the fruit and juice.

You could of course forego the alcohol entirely in this recipe.

And chomp on fruit chunks in between sips of virgin punch.

But a little wine or champagne mixed with coconut water, juice, and fruit chunks is so tasty.

These adult beverages are just ever-so-slightly coconut-flavored since coconut water doesn’t have a particularly strong coconut flavor on it’s own.

When diluted with the juice, booze, and fruit, the coconut flavor is just barely there.

 Thirsty yet?

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Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch (Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, No Sugar Added)

Makes about 3 cups punch – double or triple the recipe as desired

1 1/2 cups coconut water, flavored or plain (I used one Vita Coco Coconut Water container in Pineapple flavor which is 11.2 ounces, or about 1 1/2 cups)

1 cup+ champagne or white wine*

1/2 cup+ orange juice (or other juice; pineapple, apple, pomegranate, grape)

1/4 cup to 2 cups+ fruit, frozen or fresh (quantity used will vary from a couple berries or cubes of pineapple as a garnish to 1 to 2+ cups of fruit added to the punch mixture such as orange wedges, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, watermelon cubes, mango cubes, etc.)

splash grenadine, optional

1 drop pink or red food food coloring, optional

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl or pitcher, stir to combine, chill in the refrigerator before serving.

*If you do not drink alcohol, you can use non-alcoholic wine or champagne, white grape juice, or simply omit and adjust proportions of other ingredients to taste.

Note: Ice waters down this punch more than I like and I suggest using frozen fruit since it will help keep the punch colder and (it’s cheaper than fresh anyway. Or freeze pineapple juice, orange juice, apple juice, or coconut water in ice cube trays in advance to use as the “ice” cubes. If you are using a considerable amount of ice, you may want to increase the amount of wine or champagne, to taste.

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I used one 11.2 ounce container of Vita Coco Coconut Water in Pineapple but if you have plain coconut water or another flavor you prefer, use that.

If you don’t “love” coconut water, make the punch anyway by using more champagne, wine, or more juice. This is not an exact science.

It’s more like dump the juices, fresh or frozen fruit, and booze you have on hand into a big pitcher, stir, pour, and serve.

I purposely kept this recipe small because not every day are we having a party for 20 people and need a bowl of punch big enough to bathe in.

Some days it’s just a party of one. Grab a seat on the couch, put your feet up, and enjoy.

Or go back to bed and have this as your breakfast in bed. I wouldn’t argue.

Please envision yourself here while drinking your coconut water fruit punch since it feels tropical-ish to me.

At the very least, it’s a perfect bridal shower, girls night in, and springtime recipe.

View of boat from chaise lounge not included with the coconut punch, sorry.

At the very least it will make Easter brunch a little tastier.

If you’re a coconut fan, here are all my coconut oil, coconut water, coconut recipes

(Best dessert ever included)

Also included are these two beverages with coconut water:

Coconut Water Sports Drink (vegan, GF) -  aka, Natural homemade Gatorade because of all the wonderful electrolytes and rebalancing properties of coconut water.

And

Coconut Milk Kefir (vegan, GF) A three ingredient countertop recipe that uses coconut water, coconut milk, and a starter. You don’t have to “do” anything other than put the three ingredients in a bowl on your countertop and wait for fermented fun times to ensue.

In this post, I recounted some of the many benefits and factoids about coconut water.

For instance, coconut water is identical to human blood plasma and is a universal donor.

In the Pacific War in the 1940s they used coconut water as blood plasma infusions for the wounded soldiers when human blood plasma was in short supply. Food trivia at its finest.

Do you like coconut?

I’m a huge fan of coconut these days even though as a kid I wasn’t that into it.

Times have changed and I love it.

Have you ever tried coconut water? Coconut Oil? Shredded coconut or coconut flakes?

Coconut, like mint for example, is one of those flavors that can dominate and quickly overpower any recipe it’s added to and I find this especially true with coconut oil. Lower quality oils tend to taste like you’re licking a bottle of Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil and I stick with Tropical Traditions for my coconut oil needs but to each her own.

With shredded coconut, I tend to use sweetened, store-brand flakes. The Ralph’s (Kroger/Safeway) store brand works perfectly in my baked dessert recipes and is half the price of the Baker’s brand.

I have tried Tropical Traditions sweetened and unsweetened coconut flakes and they’re more “natural” and give a different result when baking with them.

All this coconut talk makes me want a Magic Eight Bar

Thanks for the entries in the KitchenAid 7-Quart Stand Mixer Giveaway and have a great holiday weekend!

   

94 Responses to “Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch”

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    Destini — April 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    This is a wonderful recipe! Actually would be amazing for a bridal shower! WOW love your photos :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 5th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      I feel like it screams BRIDAL shower, orengagement party (or baby shower depending on how cool the mom-to-be is with others drinking). Thanks for the compliments…I struggled with these photos. I thought, oh, I have an “easy one” lined up..and little did I know, the glass glasses, the light, the height of them, the liquid, the toothpicks, it was one thing after the next. Lol

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    Kristi — April 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    yum, what a fabulous idea!! I could definitely go for one of those right about now :) I am a huge fan of coconut – my latest obsession is sprinkling dried coconut on top of waffles or pancakes and smoothies!

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    LiztheChef — April 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I’m trying coconut water again – I didn’t realize how healthy it is. OK if I keep the champagne as is ? ;)

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    j3nn — April 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    That’s so gorgeous!! It’s like something you’d imagine in a whimsical fantasy land. I love it! :)

    And yes, coconut water is great for balancing your electrolytes; it’s my new favorite weapon against the evil sodium. :twisted:

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 5th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks, Jenn! The gorgeous compliment…seriously struggled with these photos. I thought, oh, I have an “easy one” lined up..and little did I know, the glass glasses, the light, the height of them, the liquid, the toothpicks, it was one thing after the next. Lol

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    Blog is the New Black — April 6, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Too early for one of these! ;)

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — April 6, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Pretty sure I just took a complete vacation reading through this post, between the cocktail and the ocean pics. Look so refreshing, I love coconut water, haven’t tried it with alcohol yet, but there’s a first time for everything!

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — April 6, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Oh how fun for a brunch would that be (I think I say that a lot). I tried coconut water once and didn’t care for it – but it was the pulp. I liked the flavor OK which is funny b/c I don’t like shredded coconut. I imagine this is super light and refreshing. Fun!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 7:59 am

      It actually has very little pulp IMO. Far less than most orange juice for example. I think you’d actually love it. Try it again, just one more time. With all your running and cardio in that hot weather, it would be perfect for you and coconut water, unlike coconut flakes/shreds, is super mild tasting. Ok I’ll stop pushing it on you now :)

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    Nicole — April 6, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Beautiful photos! That pink is perfect!
    I just can’t get into coconut. I recently tried coconut milk and got really sick. I guess that means more coconut on the shelves for everyone else :) Happy Friday!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Eeeek, really? Are you allergic to it or do you think it was bad/spoiled? Or just one of those things you simply don’t like. Of all the coconut products out there, coconut water is EXTREMELY mild and non-coconutty. It tastes like barely sweet water more than anything else.

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    Paula — April 6, 2012 at 5:36 am

    That is such a beautiful shade of pink–great picture too! I love coconut anything/everything. I think my absolute favorite is coconut butter. Artisana is pricey, so I just process a bag of coconut in my food processor. It’s not quite as smooth as Artisana but for the savings, I’ll take a little texture!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 7:37 am

      Coconut butter is so pricey, you are right. I don’t make my own because I have such a stash of coconut oil, and I know they are different but I just can’t see buying it$$ or going to the trouble of making it when I have coconut oil in full supply.

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    Cassie — April 6, 2012 at 5:48 am

    These are gorgeous! Love that pink color, and I had not idea coconut water was good for hangovers. Good info!

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    katie @ KatieDid — April 6, 2012 at 6:00 am

    great, simple, bright springy pictures. this would be so nice for an easter brunch… not sure what my easter plans are but there will definitely be some champagne flowing in some way or another!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 7:35 am

      Thanks, Katie, and I definitely thought Easter brunch, springtime in general, bridal shower season. Enjoy your Easter, and champagne!

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    Anna @ On Anna's Plate — April 6, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Ooooh, this is so pretty!! I LOVE the color!

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    Amelia — April 6, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I had mango flavored coconut water that was pretty good… although I didn’t like the price; nearly two bucks for a cup container. I think the only time I’ll be purchasing it again is for this; it looks fabulous!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 7:34 am

      They usually have sales on it in my grocery store…one of those containers goes on sale for a buck each or 5 for $5 bucks type thing…I may be hosting a giveaway in the near future so stay tuned, too :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

    This looks so refreshing, and delicious! I love a good cocktail, and if is preventative medicine, that means I can have more! Gorgeous pictures!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Thanks, Erin. And I look at it as preventative medicine, indeed :)

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    sally @ sally's baking addiction — April 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

    averie, you cease to amaze me with each post. what i love most about your blog is how your recipe collection varies from desserts, to cocktails, to dinners, to snacks, to photography, to giveaways, etc. i keep coming back b/c your blog is a jackpot! anyway, sign me up for two of these as i sit at work craving a cocktail… :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Thank you so much, Sally, for the compliment! That means a ton! I try to keep my content varied and do love desserts, so they tend to take over for a variety of reasons (photography is better b/c I can shoot anytime unlike dinner hour food which is time-sensitive) but I do try to mix it up. Thank you so much for saying this :)

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    Katie — April 6, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I hate coconut everything, but I love drinks….and I’m starting to plan a wedding shower. This is a great idea.

    FYI – today is National Caramel Corn Day. Its practically an Averie-sponsored holiday!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 7:33 am

      I know you don’t like coconut but honestly, you really can’t “taste” the coconut in coconut water. I actually think you’d love it…it’s light and refreshing. I can totally see you rocking it with some citrus stevia (and a shot of something) in it!

      Thanks for the heads up on Natl C.C. day!

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    Tracy — April 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Since I can’t drink booze at the office (boooooo) I am sipping my green smoothie imagining I am in Aruba, lol. This looks like THE perfect drink for the holiday weekend. I love coconut and just happen to have a few tetra packs of that exact coconut water waiting for me at home. Now I just have to pick which champagne/wine to add…… the hard decisions in life ; )

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    jojo — April 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I love coconut water. You are right, it’s perfect re-hydrator after a hard work out. I like that it’s not loaded with calories like gatorade too! :)
    Given my love of coconut water, I must try your recipe! Looking at the photo makes me thirsty :P

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    If I wasn’t so attached to my coconut water, I’d totally be making this for Easter brunch but I like it too much to share my stash with 25+ family members ;)

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — April 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

    That might be the prettiest cocktail in the world.

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    Anna @ The Guiltless Life — April 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Coconut water is SO good for you but I can’t get with the taste of it out of cartons – for me it has to be right out of a freshly opened coconut or flavoured, like your recipe! I can’t wait to try it; it’s a fabulous post-party drink!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Well that’s of course the best way but for us mere mortals who aren’t cracking fresh coconuts or without access to them, this was the next best thing…haha :)

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    Deirdre — April 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

    You do me in each time with those vibrant blue tropical pix…keep ‘em coming.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 11:24 am

      I wanted to take myself on vacation when I was going thru my old pictures and posts for this post :)

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    Patricia — April 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

    This looks fabulous, and is something I never would have come up with. I think I have to make your horchata first, though :)
    “Licking a bottle of Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil” – that made me laugh! I’m fairly limited in my coconut oil products here because only one local store even carries it, and that store only has one brand. The brand they carry has been fine and not overly-coconutty, though.

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    Amber K — April 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I am not a huge fan of the taste of coconut. I like flavored coconut water (the pineapple flavor of Zico is the best!) and I like coconut milk in smoothies where the taste is muted. But coconut flakes are the worst, blech.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 11:24 am

      I think you’d like this b/c the coconut taste is INCREDIBLY mild!

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    Felicia (Natural + Balanced) — April 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    i like how you think!! i’m all about preventative medicine ;)

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    Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free — April 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Love coconut water!!! Use it all the time for hydration when playing tennis tournaments. I just made a fun coconut water-lime sparkler recipe last week and posted it a couple days ago. Tasty and refreshing!

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    Ambika — April 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Stunning photos!! Love this punch!!

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    vanillasugarblog — April 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    that pink color is so pretty!
    i want that in a pair of casual sneakers. LOL
    have a wonderful weekend hot stuff!

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    Luv What You do — April 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Where did you get the coconut water with the Romero Britto art work?
    I love his stuff! (Hence the picture to the right)
    : )

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I love the pink color and I love how you put the photos from your vacation! So perfect!! Oh and the drink looks fantastic!!!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      I wanted to take myself on my own vacation after looking at my old pics…lol

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    Michele Sparrow — April 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Averie, your ideas are just awesome. I never would have thought to make a delicious and festive cocktail with coconut water. Genius! And, your photos are just gorgeous. LOVE your blog!

    Yes, I absolutely love coconut water. I freeze it in a cup, then ice pick it til it is slushy, add cinnamon and NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia and eat it for dessert. It’s awesome! I also use it as the base of my green smoothie. Coconut is also always added to the boys cookies and granola bars. Good stuff! :-)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 6th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks, as always, for your glowing comments & support!

      and I know you have a little coconut water “dessert” you enjoy. Thanks for the reminder on what it is exactly.

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    Cheryl Boswell — April 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I am going to surprise everyone with this tomorrow for the family brunch. Once again this site does the heavy lifting. I am going to lie like crazy and say I thought it up myself. You have been fairly warned. ha, ha

    Great idea Averie!

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — April 8, 2012 at 8:15 am

    This looks fabulous, gorgeous colors and so festive for Easter!

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    Jenny — April 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    This is just awesome! I actually just bought a bunch of coconut water from Costco. Great idea!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 8th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Well have fun drinking your coconut water…hopefully with a little extra something in it :)

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — April 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I would love a glass of this right now…especially on the beach. :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 9th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      And thanks so much for the pin! And for all of them…you are always so sweet about that!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — April 14, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I will definitely be trying this coconut water champagne fruit punch!!! I love anything that helps with the morning after :-) Red wine alone … does not!

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    marla — May 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

    These really call out to me and I love the color!

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    Lauren T — May 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

    My 21st birthday is tomorrow, so I think I’m definitely going to have to celebrate with some of that coconut water champagne fruit punch! I would have never thought to put champagne and coconut water together, but it sounds oh so delicious. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the great idea!

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