What’s better to follow up the Red, White, and Blueberry Bacon Burger with Basil Aioli than a red, white, and blue cocktail? maybe a red, white, and blue dessert, but today it’s going to be a cocktail. This Blueberry Coconut Sparkler is a cute and clever way to incorporate all the colors of the flag in what promises to be a sweet and tasty cocktail. Best of all, I’m making it with Malibu coconut rum which is only 20% alcohol. This cocktail will have a little more oomph than a beer and a little less than most liquor. It sounds like a good in-between to me!
Summer is in full swing, so it’s time to cool off with this Blueberry Coconut Sparkler! This drink recipe is refreshing and fun…and perfect for the 4th of July!
Just five ingredients are needed for this cocktail, and they’re all easy to find and reasonably priced items. One thing to note is the coconut flakes for the garnish are listed optional, but I had to have them! I found unsweetened grated coconut flakes just for this recipe. Coconut flakes are smaller than grated coconut, and I’m sure that made using them to rim the glasses much easier.
Making my Blueberry Coconut Sparkler cocktails was pretty quick and easy. This is a batch cocktail, meaning the recipe makes enough for several cocktails at a time. This is a great recipe for crowds! I had a batch made and two glasses garnished in just 7 minutes.
My first move was to make the blueberry garnishes, then I muddled the rest of the blueberries per the recipe instructions. I did this in a medium mixing bowl with my measuring glass (anything with a flat bottom will do). It only took light pressure to crush the berries and release their juices. A mesh sieve placed over a small mixing bowl was perfect to strain out the blueberry solids and then mix the rest of the ingredients.
With the cocktail mixed, it was on to rimming the glasses. I cut an extra lemon into wedges and ran one around the rim of each glass. Then I dipped each rim into a saucer of the coconut flakes and voila! After that, all I had to do was add ice cubes, pour the cocktails, and pop in the blueberry garnishes I made earlier.