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.

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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!

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.

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 comments on “Lightened-Up Raspberry Coconut Punch”

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

    • 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! :)

  2. 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

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

  4. 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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