DIY Cream of Coconut

DIY Cream of Coconut

DIY Cream of Coconut (Coco Lopez alternative)

Coco Lopez creme of coconut is the commercial product of choice for many bars around the world but it can be difficult to source in some countries outside the US. Jeff “Beachbum” Berry has stated that Coco Lopez is the best for cocktails.
The DIY recipe listed above avoids all the emulsifiers, stabilisers and growth inhibiting agents for a tastier, fresher and more natural cream of coconut. The shelf life won't be as long but once you taste a Painkiller made with the DIY version, it won't last long at all.
Each serving is calculated to approximately 6.5 cents USD compared to 24 cents per serving for Coco Lopez. If your bar serves 300 Pina Colada's or Painkillers a week, you'll save $2,730 USD per year by simply making it yourself.
3.76 from 1433 votes


  • 400 mL Coconut Milk 1 can
  • 375 g Sugar 1 3/4 cups
  • Pinch of Salt


  • Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan
  • Place on a low heat on the stovetop
  • Stir until the sugar is dissolved (colour changes from white to partially transparent)


Thanks to Art of Drink for the Cream of Coconut recipe.
Coco Lopez ingredients: Coconut, Sugar, Water, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan monostearate, Salt, Propylene glycol alginate, Mono and diglycerides, Citric acid, Guar gum, Locust bean gum
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    January 22, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    5 stars
    Super helpful!! Thx!!

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    May 16, 2022 at 5:30 am

    Thanks for the recipe. Way too sweet for me. I will have to adjust next time.

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    Dave BW
    August 13, 2022 at 8:07 am

    5 stars
    My wife needed some of this for pina coladas for a party we’re having and I suspected it was going to be difficult to get at short notice in the UK.
    She was very skeptical of your recipe but having now made it up and tested the drinks, she said they were the best she’s ever tasted! Thanks!

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    March 7, 2023 at 4:07 am

    3 stars
    Hey Steve! Big fan, Too sweet but I appreciate the scratch made version over any store bought brand. Can we admit Coco Lopez is absolutely disgusting?

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      Steve the Bartender
      May 24, 2023 at 3:41 pm

      Haha, yeah.. very sweet so it needs to be used sparingly..

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    Jim Murray
    April 2, 2023 at 8:28 am

    Yes. I have now made this several times. I make a 4x batch and add 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Makes it even creamier! Last about 3 weeks Max refrigerated.

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    May 12, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    Have you tried using light coconut milk?
    I’m looking for a no sugar low calorie option. I will try it with monk fruit sugar

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