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

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

  2. 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!

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

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

    1. 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! :)

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

    1. 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 :)

  5. 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!

    1. 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!

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

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

  8. 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!

    1. 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 :)

  9. 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.

    1. 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!

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

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

    1. 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.

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

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