When it comes to coconuts in cocktails, many recipes call for coconut cream, the thick, decadent cream made by simmering coconut in water or milk. It’s a staple in classic tiki recipes like the Piña Colada and Painkiller, but recently barkeeps are turning to another byproduct of the coconut: coconut water. Scroll on for refreshing cocktail recipes that will bring you a taste of the tropics — even in the middle of winter.
1. Presidio’s Pisco Punch (as pictured): Playing with the framework of classic Pisco Punch, this riff gets a tropical upgrade with mango and coconut water.
2. Coconut Frosé: Elevate frosé by adding some extra ingredients, like strawberry and coconut water.
3. Lime in the Coconut: Gin brightens up coconut water in this refreshing cocktail.
4. Downtown Daiquiri: In this modern take on the classic daiquiri, coconut water meets its most natural flavor match in rum, lime, and pineapple.
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