Lightened-Up Raspberry Coconut Punch

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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

By Averie Sunshine
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.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 12 ounces, serves 2 - double/triple as necessary
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Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • To a large bowl or large glass, add the sweet-and-sour, vodka, Malibu, and stir to combine.
  • Drizzle in the grenadine and leave unstirred for a gradient effect, or stir in for a pinky-peach uniform color.
  • Optionally, garnish the punchbowl or each glass with raspberries.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 393kcal, Carbohydrates: 80g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 2g, Sodium: 428mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 46g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 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

  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

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

    1. 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! :)

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

  4. 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.

    1. 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 :)

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

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

    1. 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 :)

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

  8. What a beautiful cocktail. Pinning!

    And anything with Malibu is destined to taste like summer.

  9. 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!