Coconut water, also known as coconut juice, is not the rich, creamy coconut milk often used in Thai cooking. While coconut milk is a product made from the flesh of the coconut, the juice or water is naturally found in the center of the mature coconut. If you have ever opened a coconut yourself, the nearly clear liquid you found inside was coconut water. If you enjoy the taste of coconut, you might enjoy drinking pure coconut water. But if you have a sweet tooth, you might find it more pleasant if you sweeten it.

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Pour one ounce of coconut water into a microwave-safe mug or a very small saucepan.

Heat your coconut water either in the microwave or on the stovetop until it begins to simmer gently.

Remove your container of coconut water from the heat and pour in sugar to taste.

Stir the coconut water and sugar mixture until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Mix the remaining seven ounces of coconut water with your one ounce of coconut water and sugar, and stir thoroughly to blend.


  • You can heat all of your coconut water instead of a small fraction of it and then mix in the sugar if you don’t mind all of your coconut water being hot. The method outlined above sweetens the coconut water without raising the temperature drastically, so it is more appropriate for making a drink to be consumed immediately.

  • If you prefer not to use sugar, you can follow the same method but use another sweetener, such as honey or stevia.