Homemade Cream of Coconut (a.k.a. Coco Lopez, for Pina Coladas)?
March 9, 2013 9:02 PM Subscribe
Does anyone have a recipe for making cream of coconut at home? Not coconut milk, not coconut cream, I'm talking about the syrupy sweet thick goopy stuff in the can that is used (as far as I know only) for making Pina Coladas.
posted by madmethods to Food & Drink (7 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
So I have discovered that the Pina Colada can actually be a seriously tasty cocktail. Who woulda thunk it? Shaken and strained rather than frozen into a slushie, high quality pineapple juice instead of the little cans, good rum, proper Cream of Coconut rather than just using Malibu or that industrial waste product in the squeeze bottles. Currently I use 2oz of 10 Cane rum, 3oz of pineapple juice, and 2oz of Cream of Coconut / Coco Lopez. Make sure that at least two of those are well chilled. Put it all in a shaker, shake the daylights out of it, and strain it (important) into a glass (I use a big martini glass because that's what I have).
The texture is incredible and the coconut flavor is great, and I haven't been able to reproduce that with anything other than the Coco Lopez. I'd really like to be able to get away from using it. It's getting hard to find, it's kind of...industrial, and it just is what it is so I can't fine-tune it (I'd like to have some more fun continuing to fiddle with the recipe). I cook quite a lot, including some modernist / molecular stuff, so I would up for trying fairly exotic techniques / ingredients if anybody has any ideas.