“ Type: Liqueur „
~Cococabana - A rum and coconut flavoured liqueur~
Cococabana coconut liqueur is a product that I have bought from time to time from Tesco. I have found that this liqueur is generally far cheaper to buy than the branded alternative product (Malibu). I would recommend this product as an alternative to the brand leader as the depth of flavour provided by the liqueur is very good, as is the sales price.
I find that the taste of this liqueur is comparable to Malibu with it being just as well flavoured in my opinion. I feel that Cococabana liqueur is a versatile product that can be mixed with other ingredients to make a variety of cocktails with a coconut influence. I have mixed the liqueur with diet cola and poured it over ice to make a nice cooling summer time drink that I feel tastes rather nice. The liqueur works equally well when mixed in to pineapple juice and crushed ice, which makes a fruity coconut flavoured drink great for warmer days.
The coconut flavour you get from this liqueur is strong and sweet without being too overpowering. The basis of the product is rum and coconut, which have been blended together really well in my opinion. The liqueur is alcohol based and has roughly 10 1/2 units of alcohol per 70cl bottle, so should be used with care. I find that a full bottle of the liqueur goes a long way when used as a cocktail mixer, as only a small amount of it is required in order to make a refreshing coconut/ rum flavoured drink.
The balance between the rum and coconut used in the product is just about right in my opinion as neither overpowers the other too much. The tropical feel that the liqueur gives works really well with a good number of mixers and fruit juices. For a nice change I add some coconut milk and pineapple juice to the liqueur to make a drink that reminds me of exotic pina coladas. I like the blend of flavours in this liqueur which is why I have bought the product on a number of occasions.
~Price/ product rating~
At a cost of around £5.15 for a 70cl bottle, I feel this liqueur offers good value for money when compared with the brand leader which retails for at least £15 in most supermarkets. The depth of flavours in Cococabana is good in my opinion with everything tasting well blended. As an alternative to the brand leader this product works really well and is far more cost effective. My rating for the liqueur is 5 stars .
I have only quite recently discovered Cococabana and it is now my substitute for Malibu as this is like a cheaper generic version and quite a tasty one too. It is made with white rum and coconut and has an ABV of 17.5%.
I bought it in Tesco on a whim as it was only £4.99 for a 70cl bottle and I was in the mood for something light and tropical but not too fruity as I was sick of the cold winter weather and wanted to sit and pretend that I was on a tropical beach somewhere.
This is so similar to Malibu that I am sure most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference. It has the same thin and watery consistency to it and it also smells strongly of coconut and the taste is pretty spot on. The only slight thing that I think this is missing compared to the original is that this perhaps doesn't have the same strong coconut flavour of Malibu but it is only a very slight difference and one that you would be hard pressed to even notice.
It really does have a strong tropical flavour to it without being fruity so is perfect for those times that you want something just a little bit different from the norm. When drinking this I could really imagine being on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean.
It mixes really well with a variety of different mixers but my favourite one is with Pineapple juice as this gives it an ever more tropical flavour and it really compliments the coconut in it.
Malibu is or at least was a drink that I bought myself occasionally when I was in the mood for something different and summery but as Malibu is £15 for the same size bottle as this I shall no longer be purchasing it as the difference in taste is so minimal that I refuse to spend the extra just to get a brand when this is just as good.
This liquer is like the Carribbean in a bottle, it makes you feel like you are on a beach somewhere soaking up the culture. It is extremely like Malibu but a lot cheaper, this drink can take you to Jamaica in seconds without the jetlag and the suntan (sadly). I intitally bought this alcohol as it was a cheaper alternative to Malibu which I was going to originally buy as it tastes gorgeous with lemonade, coke, or if you are looking for something a bit fruitier, and something that tasters like fruit juice, vimto works wonders.
You can hardly tell that you are drinking alcohol, which can be viewed as a good or bad thing depending on your perspective. Good because unlike many other liquers it does not burn your throat or leave a bitterness in your mouth, it does not also taste sharp, like vodka or whisky. It is a bad thing because you do not realise how much you are drinking and can become very drunk very quickly although the percentage of alcohol is low.
The taste is extremely fruity with the blissful taste of coconut, which is like waves of carribbean shores breaking onto your tongue as soon as you taste this drink. I personally have mine with Lemonade which gives the drink a more fruity and refreshing kick, or diet coke which is a lot more common. Or as mentioned above vimto gives the taste of fruit juice which can be a bit risky due to the alcohol intake.
This drink is reasonably priced at £4.99 from Tesco, it comes in a 70cl bottle, which means the price is extremely reasonable considering the amount of liquer you recieve. Plus it is just as good taste wise as Malibu which can range anything from £13 for a 70cl to £20 for a 1L bottle thesedays. This is certainly both cheap and cheerful and does not fail to disappoint, so if you are looking for a liquer with a carribbean twist and cannot afford malibu, cococabana is most definitely the choice you should make, without a doubt. The bottle also gives you the funky carribbean feel, with palm trees on the neck and a sunrise on the front, plus with a more funkier name than malibu how can you say no!
Quite often myself and my mate Liz like to have a girly dvd night in. On these nights we like to grab a takeaway and a few nibbles, nip to blockbusters and get some drink in and then we spend hours gorging ourselves and end up kinda tipsy as a rule. The other night Liz went out and whilst she was out she grabbed a few bits and this she treated us to as we both like Malibu which in essence this is simply a cheaper version of coming in at about £4.99 a bottle to which she got from our local Tesco store.
Well since this link went up for this review the bottle of this seems to have now changed quite alot. It is now a black bottle with a matching twist on/off cap/lid to the top of it and on the front of it we are told that it is Cococabana Tropical Alcoholic Drink With Carribean Rum, Coconut Flavour and there is a picture of a coconut on there. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a little bit about the drink, that its 70cl in size and that the whole bottle contains 17.5% alcohol and has 12.3 units of alcohol in each bottle and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Nice enough bottle this and it doesn't look cheap or nasty or a more economy brand or anything like that really and its informative enough too.
As soon as you open the bottle you are meant with a wonderful, naturally sweet aroma of coconuts, it really is lovely. Poured the liquid is transparent and still and of course you can drink this neat (if your so daring) or mix it with lemonade, cola or fruit juices and you can even create cocktails with this is you so desire of course.
Drinking this neat was a no go for me. It tasted far too sweet and rich in coconut flavour for me though oddly enough not too strong in the rum department. However I couldn't stomach the sweetness of it and opted to mix it with some lemonade and served chilled and not too heavy handed with the spirit it was really nice and refreshing, not harsh...not too sweet just really nice. It is a very sweet drink so for me I liked only a dash with my lemonade though Liz got greedy, emptied half bottle in her drop of lemonade and really did suffer the following day with a hangover she was convinced may kill her so word to the wise here just cos it doesn't taste of the rum too much and more a sweet coconut flavoured pop it isn't...haha.
All in all I like this. Its a good quality drink though like I keep saying very sweet and in my opinion much sweeter than Malibu but I do like it and can recommend it...and so can Liz now she's back in the land of the living I'm sure lol!
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
As a student, I am quite a big drinker, but i'm also on quite a small budget. When at home I always drink proper malibu, but thats only because my mum is paying for it. Away at uni however, I am always searching for the cheaper alternatives. I had tried Bali before, but it was pretty foul, and so I didn't really hold out much hope for finding a nice tasting cheap version of malibu.
The branding of the bottle has changed slightly. When I first had it, it looked like the picture shown here (in a white bottle), however it has now changed to a black bottle with quite bold black writing.
The new packaging makes it look much more expensive.
It comes in quite a standard 70Cl bottle with a screw top.
PRODUCT AND TASTE
I mixed this with cranberry juice and I was so surprised by this - its tastes just like real malibu! You have the wonderful coconut-y taste, without the strong taste of alcohol that you get with high percentage drinks (and other malibu knock offs).
Real malibu is normally £13.97 for a 70cl bottle, while the same size bottle of cococabana is £4.99! An absolute bargain at 1/3 the price of proper malibu!
There is no reason why you should splash out for the real deal, when you can get something just as good, just as tasty, and in all ways the same, but at such a discount price.
Malibu is a coconut based rum drink that tastes great with coca cola and ice however at between £10 and £15 a bottle it is quite expensive especially for myself (a student on a tight budget!) however Malibu is one of my favourite liqueurs so I have splashed out quite regularly on a few bottles of Malibu however one of my housemates recenty introduced me to a cheaper version of Malibu.
This is where Cococabana coconut liqueur comes into it! She spotted it when scouring the shelves of Tesco for a cheap bottle of alcohol to take to a party and hasn't bought branded Malibu since! I was hesitant to try it due to the smell (which I will go into more detail later) but the bottle looked really nice and professional. It is predominantly white with a black lid and brown and yellow text and images.
I first tried to Cococabana rum with coca cola and was really pleasantly surprised that it tasted exactly like malibu but perhaps a little sweeter which will not be to everyones taste as it can get quite sickly. My housemates drink this cheap malibu with pineapple juice which I personally do not like but it is an alternative to a fizzy drink mixer!
The smell of the liqueur is very off putting as it is very very sweet smelling and the coconut is very over powering which hits the back of your nose and throat really quickly when you smell it but once it is mixed in with coca cola or a fresh juice the smell is not so dominant.
The best thing about this liqueur is that it is just £4.99 for a 70cl bottle which is exceptional value for the taste and the savings you make!
I really really love Malibu, but it can seem a little pricey at £10-£16 a bottle seeing as it's only ever me who drinks it, so I have tried numerous cheaper versions but hadn't liked any until I tried this.
This Cococabana Coconut liqueur can be bought in Tesco and cost's £4.99 for a 70cl bottle.
The bottle is different to the picture as they have recently changed the style. It is now black with a white lid, with a picture of a broken coconut and Cococabana written around the picture.
It tastes very much like the real thing (Malibu) unlike others I have tried which are wine based ewww!!
This is Caribbean rum with a coconut flavour, it's truly delicious and tastes of the tropics!!
It is a clear liquid when poured out of the bottle and is lovely mixed with a variety of different drinks, I like it mixed with coke, but it's also nice with different juices such as pineapple.
I don't find you need much to taste it with the mixer, as it does have a fairly strong taste and smell.
As soon as you open the bottle you can smell the tropical coconut scent immediatly. It is slightly sticky to the touch, so if you do happen to do the unthinkable and spill some, wipe it up straight away before you end up with a sticky patch that would attract bee's like honey!!
For a cheaper version of the real thing, I think this is perfect, you really can't notice the difference.
Imagine you are sitting under a palm tree on a beautiful white sand beach.... crystal clear sea lapping at your feet.
Close your eyes, with a glass of this in your hand and you could dream your way there!!!!
I bought a bottle of this the other day in my local Tesco - trying to be good and save some money by getting a cheaper brand.
Cococabana is basically a cheap version of Malibu (coconut liqueur). The bottle shown in the picture looks very similar to the malibu bottle. I have bought this bottle in the past and I think if you werent paying attention you could easily end up picking this one up rather than Malibu. However, when I bought a bottle in my local Tesco the colour of the bottle has now changed to black with a white lid (rather than the other way round) making it distinctly different. The label has Cococbana in white bold writing with a picture of an opened cocount and some leaves. It is described as a 'tropical alcoholic drink with caribbean rum'. Sounds good to me!
A 70cl bottle of this will set you back 4.99 (a litre would cost around 7.00), a litre of malibu is on offer at the moment in Tesco for 15.00 usually the cost when not on offer is around 18.00. The price difference is there for all to see. The only issue I have with this is that although Cococabana is cheap anyway you will rarely find it on offer, even if it is only 50p off or something! Alcohol content wise Cococabana is 17.5% where as malibu is 21% so there is a difference but nothing major.
Taste wise its not quite the same as malibu, you can definately tell that its cheaper, though that doesnt mean that its bad! The taste of cocount is much more predominant in Cococabana than in Malibu. For me it tastes like the Malibu suntan lotions smells. I know thats a little weird! Personally I never have this kind of drink neat/ on the rocks and maybe there the differences would be more obvious. I think it works fine mixed with fruit juice, lemonade and lime (my personal favourite!) or coke. I have been given much worse versions passing as malibu on nights out (and paid about the same as a bottle of Cococabana costs!) For me this is the perfect alternative to Malibu!
A perfect tropical drink for those on a budget!
Cococabana Coconut Liqueur is an amazingly cheap liqueur at only £4.99 for a 70cl bottle! Given that this is obviously a take on the popular Malibu Coconut Liqueur, I think it's interesting to note that this is £7.80 CHEAPER than Malibu, which costs a whopping £12.79 per 70cl bottle. With that saving in mind, you'd be mad not to at least give this a try based on the huge saving alone.
Taste wise this is really quite nice. Obviously I'm not one to drink lashings of coconut liqueur as a general rule, but at our barbie over the weekend (yes it was quite wet thanks), this went down a real sunday afternoon treat. It mixed especially well with pinapple juice and lemonade.
This is around the 20% mark in alcochol content. I'm afraid the empty bottles all went in the recycling bin already so I can't give you an exact figure, but it's definitely extremely close to 20% if not precisely that. It's certainly one of those liqueurs that ideally needs watering down with a mixer, as it's a little strong to drink substantial amounts of this straight up.
As far as the raw taste and texture of this stuff goes, I couldn't really taste any difference between this stuff and Malibu. They've got the same thin texture and the same strong taste. The coconut in this drink is probably a tinier bit weaker than it is in Malibu, but not the extent whereby you could justify paying the extra £7.80! Even through my mixer I could still taste the coconut in this drink, so it was weaker but not weak.
For 70cl of a tasty high alcohol content liqueur with change from a fiver, you just can't go wrong with this. It doesn't have anything about it that makes it particularly special, but it's got a decent texture, a tasty little flavour and most importantly? It's cheap.
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