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Spiced Coconut Rum Shakes

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Spiced Coconut Rum Shakes aka adult milkshakes! Coconut sorbet, vanilla ice cream and spiced rum blended into a delicious spiked dessert finished with whipped cream and nutmeg.

For my Captain Morgan party, my sister and I crafted this rum milkshake recipe and it’s absolute perfection. I’m hesitant to call it a frozen cocktail because it is undeniably dessert in a glass but with a little (okay a lot) of spiced rum.

I blended coconut sorbet and vanilla ice cream with rum and topped it with homemade whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg (I adore nutmeg). For a nostalgic and whimsical presentation, I served these shakes in retro milkshake glasses with straws. Needless to say, they were a hit!

*I was gifted Captain Morgan and a gift card to help develop this recipe, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Want to see what the other bloggers are making for their holiday parties? Follow the hashtag #CaptainHolidays on Twitter and join the party! Cheers!*

ingredients for spiced coconut rum shake

Ingredients //

  • Coconut Sorbet – makes this milkshake smooth, creamy, and coconut flavored. Ciao Bella is my personal favorite.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream (or gelato) – because what would a milkshake be without it?
  • Captain Morgan Spiced Rum – is a budget-friendly spiced rum that tastes delicious with ice cream. It adds sweet vanilla and caramel flavor and warming spices to this shake.
  • Toppings – I swirled a layer of whipped cream and sprinkled nutmeg on each drink.

How to Make // The Steps

This recipe yields about 4 small spiked milkshakes.

ingredients for spiced coconut rum shake in a mixing bowl

Step 1: Add ingredients to blender:

In a blender, add the pint of coconut sorbet, the pint of ice cream (or gelato) and 6 ounces (about 3/4 cup) of Captain Morgan.

Step 2: Blend ingredients:

Blend ingredients into a dense milkshake juts thin enough to drink through a straw. Add a splash more of rum to thin it out if you need to.

Step 3: Garnish and serve:

Pour into milkshake glasses and top with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. Serve asap with a straw. Enjoy.

ingredients for spiced coconut rum shake with a blender

Tips & Tricks

  • For the best texture, keep the sorbet and ice cream in the freezer until right before you’re ready to blend.
  • The consistency of the shake should be thick and creamy but thin enough to drink through a straw (*think Wendy’s Frosty*). To thin your milkshake out, simply add a splash of rum and re-blend.
  • If you’d like to thin it out without adding more alcohol, you can use milk.
spiced coconut rum shake in a glass with sprinkled nutmeg

Why are Spiced Coconut Rum Shakes So Good?

  • Quick and easy. Simply blend the ingredients and enjoy.
  • It is delicious. Actually, it’s dangerously delicious.
  • Perfect for parties. Make this dessert for the adults at your next holiday gathering.
  • It can be made without the rum for the kids and non-drinkers.

Variations //

For this recipe, you can switch up the sorbet and ice cream flavors and use these instructions as a guide to making your own spiced rum shake flavor. Check out a few flavor variations below:

  • Caribbean Rum Cake Shake – Pineapple Sorbet + Vanilla Ice Cream + Spiced Rum
  • Banana Fosters Rum Shake – Banana Sorbet + French Vanilla Ice Cream + Spiced Rum
  • Spiced Pecan Pie Rum Shake – Coconut Sorbet + Butter Pecan Ice Cream + Spiced Rum
spiced coconut rum shake in a glass with Captain Morgan

FAQ //

How do I make a spiced coconut milkshake without rum?

If you’d like to make a non-alcoholic version for the kids, I would thin it out with whole milk, starting with a 1/2 cup and adding more as needed. To achieve the warming flavor of spiced rum flavor, you can add a small splash of rum extract and pumpkin pie spice.

Can I use a non-spiced rum in this milkshake?

The sweet and warming flavors in spiced rum are what make this milkshake so delicious. You do not necessarily need to use Captain but spiced rums will taste the best.

Can I store leftover rum milkshakes?

You can but it isn’t recommended. Once the sorbet and ice cream melt, the texture is never quite the same even when refrozen.

Quick Holiday Entertaining Tips

  • Create a menu that makes sense. For instance, if your theme is a holiday luau, then serve tropical food, like a pork slider and this coconut rum shake for dessert. Don’t forget the paper umbrellas and colorful leis.
  • Use all white plates and platters to make the food stand out the table settings look clean and cohesive. Use flowers to decorate and garnishes to add color.
  • Don’t lose sleep over making everything from scratch. Buy desserts. Buy dips. Buy the cheese tray. I promise your party will still be amazing.
  • Make whatever you can ahead of time. I try my hardest to not make anything during the party. I want to enjoy my guests, so I cook, set the table, label platters, and set up the bar beforehand.

More Festive Drink Recipes

Mulled Red Wine Sangria

German Mulled White Wine

Poinsettia Cocktails

Warm Cranberry Cuddle

spiced coconut rum shake in a glass with Captain Morgan

Spiced Coconut Rum Shakes

5 from 1 vote
Course cocktail
Cuisine American
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Matt M

Saturday 1st of January 2022

I have just tried Spiced Coconut Rum Shakes and guess what, It tastes amazing. It's totally worth trying this. I will definitely let my friends know about this recipe and will try it together again.

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Monday 3rd of December 2012

um, i definitely need this. soon.


Saturday 8th of December 2012

Yes! When I up your way, I will make these in copious amounts.

Rebecca {Foodie with Family}

Saturday 1st of December 2012

Gorgeous and oh-so-inviting! That sounds wonderful, Bree! All this experimenting with rum is pretty fun, isn't it?


Sunday 2nd of December 2012

Yes it is! Thanks Rebecca, these milkshakes are a little too good!