Lightened-Up Raspberry Coconut Punch

Summertime refreshment at its finest.

This punch goes so down easily that you’ll find yourself looking for a refill in no time.

Lightened-Up Raspberry Coconut Punch - Sweet, tangy, refreshing and isn't a caloric lead balloon! But don't worry, it still packs a punch!

I was trying to think of something new to make on a warm evening when I spotted a nearly forgotten about bottle of sweet-and-sour mix in my fridge. Only 10 calories for 8 ounces which helps keep the punch from becoming a total empty-calorie delight, which most punches are.

Light sweet-and-sour mix, paired with light raspberry-pomegranate vodkaMalibu, and a drizzle of grenadine, is all that’s needed for a sweet-and-tangy, mildly fruity drink with faint coconut undertones. There’s just enough coconut to lend a tropical, summertime, warm weather vibe without it being overly pronounced.

Lightened-Up Raspberry Coconut Punch - Sweet, tangy, refreshing and isn't a caloric lead balloon! But don't worry, it still packs a punch!

For the photos, I kept ice out of the glasses and drizzled the grenadine into each glass for a gradient effect. Seeing that fade makes me thirsty.

Once you stir in the grenadine, you lose the gradient but the mixture turns a gorgeous shade of pinky-peach, and the color alone will lure anyone in.

Lightened-Up Raspberry Coconut Punch - Sweet, tangy, refreshing and isn't a caloric lead balloon! But don't worry, it still packs a punch!

You can serve this punchbowl-style or go fancier and serve it in martini glasses. Either way, there’s a whole lot of pucker going on.

The punch is tart and tangy, not overly sweet thanks to the sour mix, and packs a stronger punch than you’d suspect.

Lightened-Up Raspberry Coconut Punch - Sweet, tangy, refreshing and isn't a caloric lead balloon! But don't worry, it still packs a punch!

But don’t all punches. Hence, their name.

Punch like this is just another reason I love summer.

Lightened-Up Raspberry Coconut Punch - Sweet, tangy, refreshing and isn't a caloric lead balloon! But don't worry, it still packs a punch!

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Lightened-Up Raspberry Coconut Punch

Light sweet-and-sour mix, paired with light raspberry-pomegranate vodka, Malibu, and a drizzle of grenadine, is all that's needed for a sweet-and-tangy, mildly fruity drink with faint coconut undertones. There's just enough coconut to lend a tropical, summertime, warm weather vibe without it being overly pronounced. The grenadine can either be left unstirred for a gradient effect, or stirred in for a uniform color. Serve it punchbowl-style or fancier in martini glasses. The punch is tart and tangy, not overly sweet thanks to the sour mix, and packs a stronger punch than you'd suspect without being a caloric lead balloon.

Yield: about 12 ounces, serves 2 - double/triple as necessary

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

8 ounces light sweet-and-sour mix
2 ounces light raspberry-pomegranate vodka (or your favorite flavored vodka)
2 ounces Malibu rum
grenadine, drizzled
raspberries for garnishing, optional
ice, optional

Directions:

  1. To a large bowl or large glass, add the sweet-and-sour, vodka, Malibu, and stir to combine.
  2. Drizzle in the grenadine and leave unstirred for a gradient effect, or stir in for a pinky-peach uniform color.
  3. Optionally, garnish the punchbowl or each glass with raspberries.
  4. Add ice to glasses and serve; or go ice-less and serve in chilled martini glasses. Recipe is intended for those for whom alcohol use is legal and appropriate. Always drink responsibly.

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56 Responses to “Lightened-Up Raspberry Coconut Punch”

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    How to Philosophize with Cake — July 10, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Looks yummy!

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} — July 10, 2014 at 4:06 am

    I love a good summertime drink and this one looks like it doesn’t disappoint. :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 10th, 2014 at 5:13 am

      Thanks, Maryea, and it didn’t. It packed a whollop :)

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — July 10, 2014 at 4:45 am

    I love how beautiful and layered this drink looks, Averie! And what a wonder way to combine raspberry and coconut together. Looks so refreshing!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — July 10, 2014 at 4:46 am

    This is a sunset in a glass. Also HOW do you get your glasses so clean? They are SPARKLING!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 10th, 2014 at 5:12 am

      sunset in a glass <— love that, I agree!

      I have certain glasses/dishes I only use for blogging. These were brand new and may not be used again for like 6 months, but they were pretty cheap. Life of a food blogger, right! Never.ending.dishes.

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    Bri | Bites of Bri — July 10, 2014 at 5:11 am

    What Erin said! Seriously, how?! These punches are beautiful and I love the gradient too!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 10th, 2014 at 5:13 am

      LOL just replied to her seconds ago :)

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    lisatberry — July 10, 2014 at 5:17 am

    This is almost too beautiful to drink….almost…it looks like a sunset and I love drinks that aren’t overly sweet…I like to eat my calories not drink them so this is perfect.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 10th, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Thanks for the lovely compliments, Lisa! And I agree, I’d rather eat my cals than drink them. It’s amazing how fast they add up too in sweeter drinks, like 300 a pop. Three drinks later, that’s a half day’s allowance!

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    Paula — July 10, 2014 at 6:33 am

    I love drinks with color gradients–they look so artistic! I also like lightened up fruity drinks–it would be too easy to put away quite a bit of sugar and I know you’re aware of my sweet tooth:). This one is beautiful and sounds delicious!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Paula and yes, it’s very easy to just drink sugar with most fruity cocktails. They’re sugar bombs! I prefer to at least chew my sugar bombs :)

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    Sarah @ The Woks of Life — July 10, 2014 at 6:39 am

    oooooh such beautiful colors in this drink! You have so many lovely drink recipes! Will have to try one this weekend. : )

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — July 10, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Just had amazing raspberry sorbet with toasted coconut… so this is sooo up my alley :)

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — July 10, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Almost (ALMOST) too pretty to drink. ;) This would go down very easily with my and my friends Averie. Raspberries and coconut are so good together! Your wine glasses are sparkling, they’re so clean!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks, Sally! I wish we were sipping these together :) And that was the first time those glasses have been used. I buy blogging dishes whenever I see things I think will work ‘someday’ and that someday finally came for this shoot!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 10, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I am sure someone already said that but it looks like sunset in a glass! Love the colors! This punch sounds fantastic! Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Someone did!! I wish I had thought of that to write that in the blog post because a few people have said that now! Thanks for pinning :)

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    Ashton — July 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Good grief girl! These are GORGEOUS! I don’t even drink alcohol, but I just HAD to pin for how beautiful these are!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks for pinning and I know you don’t drink and so for you to pin and comment, that’s so nice of you, Ashton! :)

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    Mary Frances — July 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I did not need to see this. Hello gorgeous! I can’t believe how cold and refreshing this looks without being a total empty calorie bomb! And the flavors are incredible. Coconut and raspberry for the win!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      how cold and refreshing this looks without being a total empty calorie bomb! <— amen and glad you can appreciate that :)

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — July 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Totally refreshing and perfect for summer!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      I’ll swap you this for the Mojito you posted today :) We can do a taste-test. Or a drink-off :)

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    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron — July 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    What a gorgeous drink! Love the layering with the grenadine! This sounds and looks so tropical and delicious, perfect for summer :)

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    Joyti — July 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Oh, that gradient effect is so pretty!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — July 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    The color gradient is absolutely gorgeous Averie! And the way you photographed it with the light from behind… So stunning. Any drink that’s full of flavor and not too many calories is always welcome in my hand during the summer!

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine — July 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    What a beautiful cocktail. Pinning!

    And anything with Malibu is destined to taste like summer.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks for pinning & agreed about Malibu!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — July 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Seriously, some day soon we need to be on a beach drinking these together! Now I’m thirsty. :) Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      YES please. Let’s make that happen. For real!! Thanks for pinning :)

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    Happy Valley Chow — July 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I love when drinks have an almost gradient tone from light to dark like that. Sounds quite refreshing, great summer drink :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks, Eric. The gradient is one of my favorite things in drinks, too! Makes me always want to order another so I can see it again :)

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    sippitysup — July 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    You’ll never know how much I needed this. Cheers. GREG

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — July 11, 2014 at 4:28 am

    I love the different colors in the drink – so cool! I love raspberry and coconut – great flavors! Pinned :)

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    Paula — July 11, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Ok, I’ve been reading but not commenting because I catch up on my fav blogs on my phone at night before I go to sleep and it’s so hard to type on the phone. Fat fingers. Anywho…I’m still here, reading and enjoying your recipes! I love this cocktail, well, I love most cocktails, but this is so pretty! It reminds me of a candy corn and the flavors sounds tasty! Pinned.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      No apologies necessary and I never comment on blogs from my phone…omg what a hair tear! Can’t even handle that either! Thanks for pinning :)

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    marla — July 11, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Such a beautiful & refreshing cocktail!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks, Marla! Wish we were sipping one together! :)

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    Karen @ Lushious Eats — July 11, 2014 at 7:08 am

    This looks so delicious, I just want to sit outside on a hot sunny day with one in hand. :) Sounds refreshing!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — July 11, 2014 at 7:31 am

    So beautiful! Sounds like the perfect light and refreshing drink for summer.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks, Ali, and thanks for the pin, too :)

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    Cristina Ferrare — July 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Looks refreshing!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks for your comments today, Cristina! I appreciate them!

      I was looking through your cookbook last week actually because I was hosting a party and was in need of some new inspiration and was thumbing through all my tried-and-true cookbooks for some hidden gems to try out! :)

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen — July 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Pomegranate vodka? WHY have I never tried this drink – Amazing! I love the look and flavours of this perfect summer cocktail! Pinning to use this summer :D

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks for pinning and yeah, that vodka is awesome. Pom or raspberry vodka work so well in fruity-ish drinks!

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    Ann — July 14, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Such a beautiful, and tasty drink. Just what you need at the end of a busy day.

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    Valerie — July 14, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Gorgeous colour(s)! I practically live on sweet + sour cocktails during the summer – it’s probably a good idea to lighten things up a bit. :D

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