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Recipe for Colombian coco loco

Recipe for Colombian coco loco

We absolutely loved Cartagena in Colombia. We came here to celebrate Seb’s birthday with a boat trip around the islands. One of the things we discovered was the famous Coco Loco cocktail.

Coco Loco literally means crazy coconut in Spanish. It’s a fresh coconut with vodka/tequila/rum/whiskey mixed in with the coconut water inside to produce an awesome beach cocktail. It is sold by vendors around the Caribbean beaches in Colombia who make it in front of you using fresh coconuts.

However, on a rainy grey day in London, fresh coconuts aren’t as easy to come by, so we put together this recipe to try to recreate this tropical Colombian memory when back home. Our recipe for Colombian coco loco serves 4 people.

Ingredients for Colombian coco loco

  • 2 shots of rum (around 60ml)
  • 2 shots of vodka (around 60ml)
  • 2 shots of tequila (around 60ml)
  • 480g (around 2 cups) of coconut cream
  • 240g (around 1 cup) of coconut water
  • 3 lemons or limes – squeeze the lime juice to use
  • ice cubes for serving

How to make Colombian coco loco

  1. Place all the alcohol, coconut cream and coconut water in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Mix in the lemon/lime juice.
  3. Pour into a glass and serve with ice.


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Sebastien is the co-founder, editor and author of He is a tech geek, a total travel nerd and a food enthusiast. He spends the majority of his time planning Nomadic Boys' travels meticulously right down to the minute details. Sebastien has travelled to over 80 countries with his partner in crime and the love of his life, Stefan. He regularly shares his expertise of what it’s like travelling as a gay couple both on Nomadic Boys and on prominent publications ranging from Pink News, Matador, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and many more. Originally from France, Sebastien moved to London in the early 2000s where he pursued a career as a computer programmer for Thompson Reuters and Bloomberg. He subsequently left it all to explore his passion for travelling around the world with Stefan to hand, and thus Nomadic Boys was born.

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