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Entries in fresh lime juice (2)

Tuesday
Mar292011

How to Drink Out of A Coconut

Aloha,

My friends at Paradise Cocktails sent me an email asking how to serve drinks in a coconut.  This is something I hadn't tried before, but it sounded like fun.  So I did some research.  It turns out it is really pretty easy to hack open a coconut so you can use it as a cup.

 

The first thing you want to do is drain the coconut water.  To do that use a nail or punch to put two holes in the coconut.  The best place to do this is in the eyes of the coconut.  They are softer and easy to poke through using a hammer.

Next, drain the coconut water.  Be sure to save the coconut water it is delicious, and can be used in a variety of different cocktails.  I suggest you filter the coconut water to separate out pieces of the shell that may have fallen in.  You can even freeze the coconut water to save it for longer periods of time.

After the coconut is drained use a large knife and chop the end off.   Be sure to keep turning the coconut as you chop away the hard shell. This makes it easier to break open.  After a few minutes you should break through the tough shell.  You may want to do this outside.  We had pieces of coconut flying everywhere.

After that, wash out the coconut.  Then, it is ready to serve drinks in.  You can reuse the same coconut several times throughout the night. Just keep filling it.  

Coconut Water, Rum Cocktail

Since I had coconut water I decided to make a coconut water, rum cocktail. First add some ice to the coconut. Then add:

 

  • 2 oz coconut water
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/4 of a lime

 

Stir everything together and serve.  This is a great simple cocktail.  The coconut water has a mildly sweet, yet refreshing, flavor. It is also slightly salty.  The rum and the lime really complement the coconut water.

Mahalo!

Damon

Tuesday
Mar152011

A Tiki Adventure: Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch

Aloha,

Colonel Beach's Plantation PunchAs I Continue my series of posts on tasting my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed next up is Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch.  This 1950's cocktail is from Donn The Beachcomber.  It has fresh lime juice, unsweetened pineapple juice, ginger beer, dark rum, gold Puerto Rican rum, gold Barbados rum, falernum, Angostura bitters, and Pernod. 

Nobody panic, but there seems to be a bit of lime shortage at the moment. When I picked up some limes to make this cocktail I paid $1.29 per lime!  I think that is the most I've ever paid for a lime.  Searching Google I couldn't find any news about it though.  I guess that is what you get when you live in the northern US.

I wound up having to make this cocktail twice.  The first time I forgot the Pernod.  It was pretty good, but adding that tiny bit of Pernod really enhances the drink.  The lime and pineapple flavors hit your pallet first, when you take a sip.  Then, the ginger beer and falernum come through with some ginger and spices.  Finally, the bitters and Pernod cut down on the sweetness and make it a cocktail that you could drink all night. 

Just watch out, this is one tall cocktail. Beach Bum Berry Remixed doesn't specify what type of glass to use for this one.  It just says a tall glass; even a hurricane glass wasn't quite big enough.

I'd highly reccomend Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch.  To get the recipe and many other great tiki recipes pick up a copy of Beach Bum Berry Remixed.  

 

Mahalo! 

 

Damon

P.S. I'm not at all affiliated with Beach Bum Berry.  I did however put an Amazon associtate ID on my link to the book, and make a few cents if you buy the book from my link.  That's not the point though.  I just want to sip through the book and share my thoughts and experiences.