This post may contain affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission if you purchase something I recommend - at no additional cost to you! Thank you for supporting this blog!
This Cheesecake Factory Blood Orange Coconut Cream Soda dupe is a sweet, coconut-y crowd pleaser. Orange and lime work together to bring a tropical breeze right to your table—whether it’s January or July.
Cheesecake Factory Orange Coconut Cream Soda
Of the hundreds of items on The Cheesecake Factory Menu, I don’t usually think about the drinks. We don’t go there too often, but I’m impartial to the Red Velvet Cheesecake and Avocado Egg Rolls (that dipping sauce!!).
However, last time we went, I tried this amazing drink. I was dying to recreate it at home. I don’t currently see it on the menu, but The Cheesecake Factory released the recipe on Pinterest.
I tried it, but it just wasn’t as good as I remembered.
I changed the quantities of the recipe slightly, and now, I’m in love with the homemade version of this delicious mocktail!
Blood Oranges vs. Navel Oranges
Blood oranges are like the elegant, luxurious older sisters of the traditional navel oranges. Though the peel is a similar color to a navel orange, the interior is a rich burgundy.
Depending on the variety, blood oranges have a slightly sweeter, richer flavor. They are grown in warm, Mediterranean climates. Blood oranges are currently in season from December to April!
If you’re lucky enough to get them local and fresh (hello California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Italy, and Spain!), then they’re well worth it.
Where to buy blood oranges
The original recipe calls for blood orange juice. In my opinion, it’s easiest to purchase blood oranges and quickly juice them yourself!
Blood oranges are sold in season (December to April) at many grocery stores. I have had luck finding them at Sprouts and Trader Joes.
However, blood oranges might be difficult to find if they’re not in season or local. It can be somewhat expensive to purchase bottled blood orange juice. BUT, if you can find it, it gives the finished soda a beautiful pink color!
In Utah, I have found bottled fresh blood orange juice at my favorite grocery store, Harmon’s, or at Lee’s.
While blood orange juice is delicious and has a unique flavor, feel free to substitute it with a good quality orange juice in this recipe! I recommend Simply Orange or an equivalent (sorry, no Tropicana or Tang!).
Simple Orange Coconut Cream Soda
After I made this blood orange coconut cream soda, I made a simpler version using a pre-sweetened, orange sparkling water found at Walmart.
It has less ingredients and is a bit more affordable to make at home. It’s perfect to serve for a girls night or summer gathering.
Here’s my recipe for Simple Orange Coconut Cream Soda.
Ingredients for Orange Coconut Cream Soda
Keep in mind that this recipe is written for one serving of Orange Coconut Cream Soda. I recommend making this for each individual glass vs. a pitcher.
A well-mixed, single serving keeps the different ingredients from separating and looks most stunning in a single glass.
- Coco Lopez or Cream of Coconut (NOT coconut juice, coconut milk, or coconut cream. See below for details.) Read my Ultimate Cream of Coconut Guide.
- Blood orange juice
- Fresh lime juice
- Simple syrup (See recipe below.)
- Heavy cream or half and half
- Club soda
What is Cream of Coconut?
I knew that coconut milk itself wasn’t going to give enough coconut flavor since it’s very subtle, so I used Cream of Coconut. Cream of Coconut is not the same thing as Coconut Cream or Coconut Milk.
Cream of Coconut is a sweet, thick, syrupy concoction. It’s typically used in mixed drinks like Pina Coladas or smoothies.
Cream of Coconut is simply sugar and concentrated coconut milk/cream. It does not contain dairy or alcohol. However, you will find this ingredient in the liquor aisle at your grocery story or the liquor store!
I use Cream of Coconut in:
- Instant Pot Oatmeal, 5 Ways!
- Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken Curry
- Dairy Free Coconut Rice Pudding (Instant Pot)
- Instant Pot Yogurt + FAQ (2-Ingredients, Plain or Sweet!)
You can read more about it in my Ultimate Cream of Coconut Guide.
What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener often used in drinks, coffee, tea, as cake soak, etc. It’s simply water mixed with sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved.
How to make simple syrup
- Add 1/2 cup granulated sugar to 1/2 cup boiling water.
- Mix until dissolved, then cool to room temperature.
Simple syrup can be stored at room temperature in a sealed container for several weeks. You can also use it any kind of mixed drink, coffee, tea, or as soaking syrup for cakes.
Serving Blood Orange Coconut Cream Soda
This fun, pink drink would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner or Galentine’s party! Or how cute would this be as a baby shower drink for a baby girl? Let me know which occasion you serve this drink in the comments!
Also try serving Blood Orange Coconut Cream Soda with these recipes:
- Instant Pot Shabu Shabu Recipe
- Easy Instant Pot Mango Sticky Rice
- Air Fryer Salmon
- Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Bowl
Other Drink Recipes
Try some of my other popular drinks!
Blood Orange Coconut Cream Soda (The Cheesecake Factory Dupe)
- 3 tablespoons Coco Lopez or Cream of Coconut NOT coconut juice, coconut milk, or coconut cream—see post above for details
- 1 1/2 tablespoons blood orange juice
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup
- 1/2 tablespoon heavy cream or half and half
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup club soda
- Mix first 5 ingredients together and pour over ice.
- Pour the club soda over the ice.
- Mix and serve immediately.
- Garnish with whipped cream if desired