Limonada de Coco (Coconut Limeade)

by Erica Dinho on August 23, 2010

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Limonada de Coco

Since summer began I have been receiving e-mails from some of my readers asking me about a Coconut Limeade that they had in Cartagena and loved. Okay guys, after some phone calls to Colombia, I have the recipe for you.

I don’t know how good the Limonada de Coco that my readers had in Colombia was, but let me tell you, this recipe is really delicious and refreshing. Thanks to my wonderful readers that told me about this drink and to my friends in Colombia who helped me to find the recipe for you.

Buen provecho!



(2 servings)

  • 1 cup cream of coconut
  • 2 1/2 cups crushed iced
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar or to your taste


  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately and enjoy.
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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa August 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Though I can’t wait for the weather to cool down, this will certainly do while we wait.


2 girlichef August 23, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Oh my goodness…this sounds amazing! I want one =)


3 Tracey@TangledNoodle August 23, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I can’t tell you how delicious this looks! Forget strawberry smoothies – this will be my hot weather quencher. 8-)


4 NotoriousMLE August 23, 2010 at 1:00 PM

I LOVE Limonada de Coco and we always get it at Wok. Thank you for posting this Erica!


5 Melanie August 23, 2010 at 7:26 PM

I am making this! What a lovely combination of flavors. I love it.


6 Sandra G August 23, 2010 at 10:17 PM

this Looks So Good! I Love Anything With Coconut!


7 Cheri August 24, 2010 at 12:08 AM

This is SO good! Thank you for posting, it has a permanent place in my recipe book. ♥


8 peanutts August 24, 2010 at 4:11 AM

wow, this is completely new to me. never thought of combining coconut milk and lime together for a drink. looks very refreshing


9 Kim August 24, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Wow! This is a gorgeous and fun drink!


10 norma August 24, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Looks delish….can I add a little rum?


11 Erica August 24, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Norma- That sounds good :)


12 Oysterculture August 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Oh wow, this just sounds so refreshing! I have got to make this for this evening What a treat.


13 jim pazynski August 24, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Erica, yes this is a great drink here in Cartagena, in several restaurants we often visit they use ..leche condensada..condensed milk, this gives it a still smoother texture
thank you


14 Erica August 24, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Jim- I have to add sweet condensed milk next time… sounds wonderful! Thank you!


15 Gringolombiano April 15, 2012 at 4:46 PM

The last time I was in Cartagena & Barranquilla, earlier this year, I heard that indeed they use condensed milk, but instead of using crema de coco, they use agua de coco with lime juice and condensed milk, with ice. Now, I have to do a LOT of research to figure out the proportions! Today, I discovered that it may be good with rum, but please use the light rum, since the dark Jamaican rum makes it taste like limonada de coco with molasses…not good!


16 grace August 24, 2010 at 5:05 PM

if you asked me yesterday what my favorite refreshing beverage was, i would’ve said a strawberry limeade. now i’m not so sure–i LOVE coconut!


17 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen August 24, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Wow, this sounds like a super refreshing and delicious drink! Thanks for sharing!


18 Mari's Cakes August 24, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Looks delicious! Which brand of cream of coconut do you recommend? Is it the sweet one?

Thanks for the recipe.


19 Erica August 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Mari’s- I used coco real.


20 5 Star Foodie August 24, 2010 at 11:31 PM

A delightful summer drink!


21 tasteofbeirut August 26, 2010 at 7:46 AM

Sounds wonderful, and easy to achieve; I have some cream of coconut handy so I can’t wait to give this a shot! Looks deliciously refreshing!


22 myriam August 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I am Colombian and taste this refreshing beverege at my nices house in Cartagena last January and now this is favorite refreshing beverage. I LOVE coconut


23 Sophie August 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM

A stunning refreshing coconut drink!!



24 karol November 19, 2010 at 10:45 PM

esta receta se ve rikisima, me acorde cuando molestabamos en la casa cuando pedian limonada y no habian limones entonces deciamos q mejor una limonada de mango….. veo q tambien hay limonada de coco!!!!


25 Rachel December 5, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Loved it :)
It made me feel like it was summer, even though its 40 degrees here, delicious :)
thank you!


26 Shelbie April 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM

how much ingredients would i need to make enough for a spanish class of 20???


27 viviana May 26, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Sounds delicious and easy! I’ll try it. By the way, do you know of any other recipe for making postre de pina? not Flan, but one that seems to have pieces of pina as well as angel cake or something that looks like bread. I tried it once when I was a little girl and it was so good.
Thank you.


28 Gringolombiano April 15, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Would the pineapple dessert that you described have been called a “Merengon”? I had something like this once, but it was with guanabana instead of pineapple.


29 Katherine H May 29, 2011 at 4:13 PM



30 Aurelien April 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I’m in Yopal, Casanare (Colombia) right now and I was looking for the recipe cuz this drink is just AWESOME :)

I’ll make it when I get back to Europe, which is next week !


31 jami June 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Tasty, but seriously high in calories and saturated fat. Don’t make this a regular drink. :(


32 eliseo June 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I just got back from Cartagena and sat at the bar of the Montesacro restaurant at the Plaza Bolivar and watched them make this. They only used the coconut milk and sugar. After trying the limonada de coco at Montesacro, I ordered it also at other restaurants and was sorely disappointed. El Hotel Caribe’s was the worst. Erica, the recipe you’ve listed is identical to the Montesacro’s. Less sugar would be just as good.


33 Erica June 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Eliseo, Thank you so much for your comment!


34 eliseo June 5, 2012 at 2:01 PM

oops… to clarify, they used the limes and the rest of the recipe but didn’t use “leche condensada”.


35 Mari September 13, 2012 at 6:26 PM

This looks delicious, Erica. Perfect for this warm weather.
Have a wonderful weekend :)


36 Lina February 1, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I had this in villa de leyva about recently but it didn’t have the ice so it was creamier. I absolutely loved it. Haven’t tried your recipe but it seems like it has all the right ingredients, though I think they make the limeade with the rind too. I will give it a shot :)


37 debi May 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I made this last night as directed in the recipe. It was very good – even better with a shot of coconut rum.
I do think that next time I’ll try either the condensed milk (for the smoother & sweeter drink) or regular coconut milk (for the calories).


38 Christy October 28, 2013 at 3:31 AM

I love the flavors of this drink but when I made it, it was too sweet for us. Is there a way to minimize the syrupy Cream of Coconut but leave the yummy coconut flavor?


39 Erica Dinho October 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Christy- Just use coconut milk and omit the cream of coconut next time.

Some people in Colombia don’t add cream of coconut and they make it with condensed milk and coconut milk.


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