Coconut-lime cooler… slush… mocktail?

coconut lime cooler - paleo mocktail

I wasn’t sure what to call this. If you use crushed ice, you could call it a slushy. If you’re jonesin’ for a margarita, you could call it a mocktail. Whatever you call it, try it!

I’ve always loved sour flavors, and lime is one of my favorites! For years, my standard order at Dairy Queen was a fresh lime freeze: a limeade slushy (made with real limes; not 7-Up!) with vanilla ice cream mixed in. Mmmm… These flavors remind me of many fond summer memories.

(Note to my Wichita peeps: The little walk-up Dairy Queen at Lincoln and Grove was/is the best, right?!)

This drink isn’t an exact replica in taste, but it is guilt-free: no sugar, no dairy, plus healthy fats and maybe even some protein! Lime juice even gives you a little bit of potassium.

I wasn’t looking to make a super sweet drink, but you can adjust this according to your taste.

***Please do adjust ingredients according to your taste!

I love things sour-sour-sour! (I loved vinegar as a condiment, even as a young kid.) That was true before I went sugar-free, but now my tastes are inclined even more in that direction. When I make this for myself, I use the maximum lime listed and the minimum stevia, but you may want to tweak things to suit your current palate. Feel free to do so.

Coconut-lime cooler/slushy/mocktail recipe

1 serving

ingredients for paleo drink/mocktail

1/4 cup water (lukewarm if using collagen; cool or cold if not)

1 scoop plain collagen peptides – optional*

juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lime

2 or more drops of vanilla or French vanilla liquid stevia extract**

2 Tablespoons full-fat coconut milk

2 dashes of salt

1/2 cup chilled lime sparkling water (La Croix, Perrier, etc.)


In a tall ice tea glass, stir together the lukewarm water and the collagen powder.

*If you don’t have or don’t want to use collagen, just skip it, and use cool or cold water. It adds some healthy protein and some creaminess.

Once that’s well-combined, it should look kind of like this:

collagen peptides mixed into water for paleo drink

Then add the lime juice, two drops of stevia, coconut milk, and salt. Stir till smooth.

Then slowly pour in the lime sparkling water. If the foam is very tall, gently stir it downward till it’s less than an inch tall. Add ice to fill. Stir and taste. Add more stevia or more lime juice according to your taste.

**If you’re wondering how much of another sweetener to substitute for the stevia, the Sweet Leaf site says that 5 drops of liquid stevia extract is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar. This may vary by brand.

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This coconut-lime cooler (slushy? mocktail?) tastes indulgent, but it's Paleo-friendly! Sugar-free and dairy-free.

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