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Welcome to Wicked Good Kitchen’s Cocktails A-Go-Go feature!

Cocktails A-Go-Go will be a rotating feature as part of our Feature Fridays and I’m so excited about it. Although some of the featured cocktails will be vintage recipes centering on “the classics”, many will be newly created cocktails. It is so much fun to concoct new cocktails and I look forward to sharing my recipes with you during the upcoming fall and winter holidays.

Today’s feature is Wicked Good Kitchen’s new cocktail, the Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita. It happens to be one of my favorite cocktails and so appropriate to kick off my birthday month. (I have talked about my adoration of the Margarita and all of its incarnations in this post here, On Love, Gratitude & Margaritas. And, our Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita was featured here, previously, but without the recipe as it was part of a guest blog post in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. This was done with the understanding the recipe would also be featured here at Wicked Good Kitchen at some point in the near future.) Yes, The Big Lug and I are complete dorks and celebrate our birthdays all month long. Why? Because we can, of course!

Since The Big Lug and I have no children, we tend to spoil each other silly for our birthdays with little treats all month long. As I tweeted this past week, I received a new MacBook Pro from hubby as an early birthday present. I’m just ecstatic over it. Opening the box, complete with bow, was very special. As I mentioned in my tweet, it felt just like opening a box from Tiffany’s! I have never owned such a tricked out laptop before and I absolutely love it.

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Originally, I had planned on sharing a special recipe round-up with y’all today. However, after experiencing a long web hosting outage, and upon checking my blog reader feed early this morning, I decided to delay it until next week. Why? Well, because there are at least two more recipes I’d like to add to the post and I’d like to write about them. So, I will feature the round-up next week. You’ll see…it’s a good one!

Now, let’s talk about this cocktail. This is no ordinary ‘Lime in the Coconut’ Margarita made with everyday simple syrup, my friends. No siree. This unique Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita calls for an infused simple syrup that is extraordinarily good because it starts with coconut water. It is sweetened naturally with agave nectar and then infused with fresh ginger and whole black peppercorns to kick up the ginger flavor profile with a hint of smokiness. If you like barbecue and Margaritas, you will adore this cocktail!

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Ginger goes with coconut. And, ginger goes with lime. And, since lime and coconut have such a natural affinity for each other, I knew this threesome would make a major splash for a new twist on the beloved Margarita.

The first incarnation of this Margarita was inspired by Martha Stewart’s Ginger Margarita and other Coconut Margaritas (found online) to create a memorable cocktail a year ago last spring. However, it was Jennie of The Messy Baker, and her recipe for Lime in the Coconut Margarita (in a guest post at Juanita’s Cocina), who inspired me back in February, to kick up the coconut by using a coconut tequila—that is, 1800® Coconut Tequila as featured in her recipe. Besides the outstanding flavor of this special tequila, I appreciated the fact that 1800® Coconut Tequila is naturally flavored. No artificial anything. It was kismet. Also, this post would be incomplete without mention of the bottle design. The design is totally wicked and looks like a bottle of tequila that Captain Jack Sparrow would drink in modern day.

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Being such a fan of ginger, ginger ale and everything gingerbread, I wanted this Kicked-Up Coconut-Ginger Simple Syrup “brew” to rock my ginger-loving world. So, I started thinking of just why I was smitten with my favorite gingerbread recipes. My favorite recipes for gingerbread call for freshly ground whole black peppercorns in addition to the traditional spices such as ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves and nutmeg. Now you know where my thought process went, right? Straight to my beloved tiny whole black peppercorns for a special kicked up version of my Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita! Yes, the very same whole black peppercorns I adore and use every Thanksgiving holiday in savory applications to make yet other special “brews” such as my Apple Cider and Citrus Turkey Brine with Herbs & Spices and Golden Tangerine Turkey Giblet Stock.

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What really confirmed I was on track with this new flavor profile or twist, specifically with regard to adding black pepper to this Margarita cocktail, is how incredibly irresistible Margaritas are when the rim of the glass is garnished with sea salt enhanced with a whisper of ground chili peppers, such as smoky chipotle chili peppers (as is the case with the Margarita Salt by, for a little heat. Swoon!

Oh, and to keep this Margarita tropical, as well as remind us of our fabulous two-week Hawaiian honeymoon? The Big Lug and I selected a Hawaiian pink (or red) sea salt, (Alaea Red Hawaiian Sea Salt available at Cost Plus World Market), for this distinctive cocktail, our Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita. Bliss.

What makes our Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita wicked good? Duh!






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Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita

Yield: Recipe makes 2 cups simple syrup and enough sweet and sour mix at 4 cups to make 6 to 8 Margarita cocktails.

Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita

What makes our Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita wicked good? Duh!


  • For the Kicked-Up Coconut-Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 2¼ cups (530 ml) organic coconut water
  • 1 cup (336 grams) organic light agave nectar, plus additional to taste
  • 3 ounces (85 grams) fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 2 teaspoons (8 grams) whole black peppercorns
  • Homemade Sweet & Sour Mix by the Half Pitcher
  • 1 recipe (2 cups or 16 ounces) Kicked-Up Coconut-Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup (8 ounces or 243 grams) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup (8 ounces or 243 grams) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • For the Rim Garnish
  • Sliced fresh limes, to moisten cocktail glass rims
  • Pink sea salt, such as Alaea Red Hawaiian Sea Salt in Medium Grain, crushed
  • For Optional Cocktail Pick Garnish
  • Fresh California Cara Cara (pink navel) oranges, sliced into small wedges
  • Fresh lemons, sliced into small wedges
  • Fresh limes, sliced into small wedges
  • For the Cocktail
  • Ice for cocktail shaker
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) Homemade Sweet & Sour Mix
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) 1800® Coconut Tequila
  • 1½ ounces (3 tablespoons) Cointreau® Orange Liqueur
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) Grand Marnier® Orange Cognac
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) Domaine de Canton® Ginger Liqueur, optional
  • Special Equipment
  • Cocktail shaker with strainer
  • Cocktail glasses
  • Cocktail picks
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Mini cube ice cube trays, for mini ice cubes, optional
  • Rimmed shallow plates for rim garnish, optional


Prepare the Kicked-Up Coconut-Ginger Simple Syrup: Combine coconut water, agave nectar, ginger and peppercorns in a medium saucepan over medium heat-high. Bring to a soft boil, stirring until well combined (or until the sugar dissolves, if using sugar). Reduce heat to medium-low and continue simmering until the syrup smells very gingery and thickens slightly, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve. There should be about 2 cups of syrup. If there is more, simmer the syrup until it is reduced to about 2 cups; if there is less, add enough coconut water and, if desired, a little agave to measure about 2 cups. Cool completely. Transfer to a bottle and cap it closed. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare the Homemade Sweet & Sour Mix by the Half Pitcher: In a small pitcher, combine together simple syrup with citrus juices; stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare the Rim Garnish: Place salt into a rimmed shallow plate. Moisten cocktail glass rims by rubbing sliced limes around rim. Immediately, dip rim of glass into plate to coat with salt.

Prepare the Cocktail Pick Garnish: Spear 3 pieces of fruit onto cocktail picks; one each of the orange, lemon and lime wedges. Place over cocktail glass rims just before serving.

Prepare the Cocktail: After rimming cocktail glasses, fill generously with mini ice cubes taking care not to disturb salted rim. To cocktail shaker, add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously, about 20 seconds. Strain into prepared cocktail glasses. Place cocktail garnish on top and serve.

Recipe Notes


Recipe for Kicked-Up Coconut-Ginger Simple Syrup can easily be doubled and 1½ cups (300 grams) organic granulated cane sugar (I use Zulka® or 365 Organics by Whole Foods Market®) can be substituted for agave nectar. Keeps up to 1 month refrigerated.

Recipe for Homemade Sweet & Sour Mix by the Half Pitcher can easily be doubled to make full pitcher.

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.


  1. Oh my goodness, Stacy. These look so irresistible, icy cold and refreshing! Pass one this way, I’m begging you, lol! We’re melllttinngg here in Austin!
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    • Hahaha! Thank you, Georgia! Oh, girl…try to stay cool and keep a cold one on hand to kick back at all times! Honestly, had I attended BHF in Austin last June, I would have melted! Thanks for dropping by. Headed on over to your blog now. I missed you this morning while I was working through my host’s outages. Site was down all day. Not a fun Friday! Have a great weekend, my friend! xo

  2. This is such a fun summer margarita! Thanks for sharing.
    Rayna recently posted…Toasted Coconut and Lime Sour Cream Bundt CakeMy Profile

  3. I love that you mentioned that birthdays go on for a long time in your household. We have 2 week long birthdays, there’s week prior to birthday, birthday, then week after birthday – and all are special and the person gets spoiled.

    Loving your pictures, so fresh, colorful and summery!

    Have a great weekend!
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    • Thank you, Pamela! It makes me happy knowing that birthdays are celebrated for at least two weeks in your family. Life is meant to be celebrated and any ol’ reason is good enough! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! xo

  4. Aw, these look absolutely refreshing and tasty. I love the coconut, lime and ginger combo. MUST make this asap, it’s so hot here!!
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  5. WOW! Sip sip sip! That’s all I want to do…reach over, grab that glass and sip on it!
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  6. I love interesting flavors in margaritas, and this recipe definitely accomplishes that! Pinned!
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  7. Loving all the flavors going on in this margarita!!! Pinned for later!!!
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  8. I’m thirsty just looking at your cocktail! This is such a unique flavor margarita and you present it beautifully Stacy. 🙂 Great post!
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  9. And I thought creating a mojito was complicated. Of course, I usually just pour a glass of what-ever-i’m-cooking-with wine. But this def sounds worth the effort. Can’t wait to try it!
    Thank you.

  10. Kumar's Kitchen says:

    flavorful sweetness from coconuts, refreshing tartness from limes and a bit of heat from ginger….can this get any better?….truly perfect sip…such a pleasant change from the usual margaritas 🙂

    • Thank you, Kumar! You’re such a sweetheart. I hope you’ll try this Margarita version soon. You’ll love it!

  11. Oh my GOODNESS!! I’m calling you positively brilliant. What a fabulous combo of ingredients. I’ve been a margarita girl for over 25 (wow… that sounds like a lot!!) years, and this one sounds best ever!! Pinned and printed (in case of emergency…!!! 🙂
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    • Hahaha! Thank you, Kim! You are too kind. Kim, you will adore this Margarita. I hope she becomes a new favorite this summer! Cheers!

  12. I’m so down with a “birthday month”! 🙂 Hubby and I have a baby on the way, but we’ve been together for over 9 years now, so we had lots of “just us” time. I wouldn’t trade it for anything! 🙂

    These margaritas look crazy delicious! I love the addition of the ginger 🙂
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    • Thank you, Jennifer! I hope you will keep this Margarita recipe in mind for when you are able to imbibe once again. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Cheers!

  13. Oh gosh!! How incredible does this sound?! I think it’s time for mama to have a drink!
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  14. Even though it’s Monday I need this!
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  15. Oh girl, this margarita has got it going on! Coconut & ginger are two of my favorite things ever, so I know I’d loooooove this!

  16. These margaritas look so incredibly refreshing! Love the combination of ginger and coconut!
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  17. oh goodness, a strong and delicious cocktail is ALWAYS needed on a Friday! your photos are lovely and i love all the step by steps!!
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  18. goodness i love the flavours.
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  19. Holy yum! It’s like summer in a cup. LOVE the sound of the simple syrup!
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    • Thank you, Annalise! With your love of ginger, you will just LOVE this Margarita! Thanks for stopping by, my friend. I appreciate your support. Cheers! xo

  20. What a knockout recipe and photos!! We will be trying this one out. Great post!
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  21. Omg, the ginger simple syrup looks so good and the pink salt, so sweet. Your partner is a sweetheart. Have fun with your new toy and I’ll try your recipe out. Thanks..and a early hug for your birthday..

    • Thank you, Asha! The Big Lug is a true sweetheart. I shall keep him. I hope you’ll try this Margarita. You will love it. Cheers!

  22. This just made me so thirsty! LOL I just made a drink with coconut water last week. So good!! Oh and this would be great with my Mexican week on my blog this week haha
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    • Thank you, Ashley! And, yes…this cocktail would most definitely go with everything you’re serving up this week for Mexican Week on your blog. Cheers!

  23. This Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita is so gorgeous and definitely refreshing! Can’t wait to make it for my next gathering.
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  24. Maria | Pink Patisserie says:

    Oh, Stacy!! This is a stunner! I’ve been eyeing that ginger liqueur forever and been wondering what to do with it. NOW I know! Truly, truly spectacular..

    • Thank you, Maria! If you’re interested in ginger liqueur, you simply must try my Ginger Boulevard cocktail as well…a ginger twist on the classic Manhattan cocktail. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

  25. I am so thrilled to have stumbled across your site, Stacy! Your photographs are phenomenal and this recipe sounds so delicious and different! I’m a fan already 🙂

  26. WOW–this marg is packed with flavor!
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  27. Recipe sounds phenom and i ADORE those glasses!! Where did you get them?
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Heather! The glasses are from Anthropologie, one of my favorite shops for props. You can read about them in this link from my blog when I wrote about them last May on my blog as part of a guest post (scroll down to bottom of post): Coconut Ginger Lime Margarita. Cheers!

  28. Um, holy #@%$ but can we toast to this? Oh my god, it looks INSANE, Stacy! Coconut rules my soul, and margaritas are probably the best drink ever invented. I am so intrigued by the peppercorns, too! Amazing.
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  29. I love margaritas and your twist on it is refreshing. I bet I would drove this version all the flavors are my favorite.

  30. This looks so refreshing and delicious, ginger, lime and coconut all my favorite flavors in one cocktail!
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