Watermelon Coconut Water Smoothie + Cocozia 100% Organic Coconut Water Review

Sometimes I feel like the only food blogger who hasn't jumped on the coconut water bandwagon. I've seen it everywhere the past few years, but up until recently I haven't had a chance to try it. Despite its recent popularity many of the grocery stores in my area still don't stock it, which is one of the downsides of living in a small town. Last month when Cocozia contacted me and offered to send me a case of their 100% Organic Coconut Water I decided to take them up on the offer to see what all the fuss was about.

There were a number of things I liked about the product right off the bat. Cocozia is 100% Organic natural coconut water, it doesn't contain preservatives, and doesn't come from a concentrate. The packaging is perfect for someone who is always on-the-go (like a certain food blogger we all know and love) and comes complete with a pretty nifty collapsable straw that doesn't bend when you try to puncture the carton. All drink boxes should come with this type of straw, it has some serious puncture power!

As for the flavor, I will say that I wasn't impressed. It turns out that Cocozia coconut water has a bit of an odd salty flavor to it. After drinking four of the tetra boxes from Cocozia as well as four competing brands of coconut water I've come to several conclusions:

  1. I don't really enjoy coconut water, even if it is healthy.
  2. Cocozia has a much less pleasing flavor than several of the competing brands I tried.

I've heard that coconut water is an acquired taste and I've also heard that you either love it or hate it. I find that I'm rather indifferent to it, it's just so bland and uninteresting. I decided that since I don't care for it plain, but do like the health benefits associated with coconut water, I would take my remaining drink boxes into the kitchen to experiment with. Today's recipe was the clear winner in my experimentation because the salty flavor of the coconut water pairs surprisingly well with the sweetness of the watermelon. I've added a bit of peppermint and lime zest to give the smoothie a more robust flavor. This combination makes for an incredibly refreshing summertime smoothie.

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Watermelon Coconut Water Smoothie
makes 1 serving

Ingredients

6 ounces coconut water, frozen (I used Cocozia)
1 cup watermelon chunks
1 Tablespoon lime zest
1 mint leaf

Substitutions:

If you don't have coconut water on hand you can use regular ice cubes to make this recipe.

Directions

  • Fill an ice cube tray with coconut water and freeze for several hours. You'll need about 6 ice cubes for this recipe.
  • Using a grater, zest lime. In a blender combine lime zest, watermelon, mint leaf, and frozen coconut water. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Notes

In case anyone was wondering I also tried VitaCoco, ZICO, Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water, and 100% Naked Coconut Water. These were the only four brands I was able to find locally for a taste comparison. Of the brands that I sampled for this review I preferred the naturally sweet flavor of Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water, which of course was the most expensive of the brands I sampled. My mother always did say that I have expensive tastes.

Where to Purchase

Amazon - Cocozia 100% Organic Coconut Water

Disclosure:

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that EPICUREX has provided me with a case of Cocozia 100% Organic Coconut Water for review. I purchased packages of VitaCoco, ZICO, Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water, and 100% Naked Coconut Water on my own for comparison purposes. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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