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Small-Batch Coconut Water Cocktails. Cue the Sunset.

More is more. Even more is even better. The exception? Handcrafted drinks using coconut water. Start with your favorite boutique spirits, a tall glass of island H20 and let the mixology begin. Our lab notes are below to inspire your own new recipes.

With summer upon us, we were looking for a Manhattan cocktail replacement — something sunset-worthy and refreshing, a warm-weather sip that would provide a temporary escape. Enter coconut water. Enamored by it’s delicate, nutty flavor, we’ve been dropping it into all our favorite “neat”, “up” and “on the rocks” spirits to test the theory that adding coconut water doesn’t overwhelm them, but rather brings out their notes. We have also been subbing coconut water into mixed drinks, just because …

If you can't find coconut water in your area, buy a real coconut and beat the &$&^$$@!@# out of it to get to the water. Also, a great forearm workout.

Here’s some of what came out of our play time.

Small-Batch Spirits and Coconut Water:

St. Germain and Coconut Water

The first sip: A rawgasm that fueled a 5-case coconut water purchase. Look for the invite.

  • 1 1/2 ounces St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 3 ounces coconut water
  1. Shake St. Germain and coconut water until icy cold. Strain into a lowball filled with ice.

Rum and Coconut Water

This should be a mandatory summer cocktail. Period.

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice, add rum and coconut water to taste. Stir until icy cold and serve.
  2. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and fully embrace the island spirits.

Pastis or Absinthe and Coconut Water

You know it’s going to be a good night when you’ve got pitchers of anything on hand. This flavor combination goes down smoothly so pace yourself.

  • 2 ounces Ricard pastis or Lucid absinthe
  • Small pitcher of cold coconut water
  • Small pitcher of ice
  1. Pour spirits in a Collins glass and add drops of coconut water and cubes of ice to taste. The spirits will become cloudy as you add water.

Gin and Coconut Water

Boutique meets chic. We love how coconut water softens the bite of Death’s Door.

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice, add gin and coconut water to taste. Stir until icy cold and serve.

Coconut Water Cocktails:

Coco-Jito

Coco-jito is the new mojito. Mint leaves play nice with the coconut water for a refreshing twist on the classic.

  • 2 parts rum blanco
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • Small spoon sugar
  • Mint leaves
  • Coconut water
  1. Muddle lime juice, sugar and mint leaves in a tall Collins glass. Fill with ice then add rum and coconut water.

Coconut Honey Bee

This baby tastes a little like dessert in a glass.

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 ounce honey
  • 1/2 ounce coconut water
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • Strawberry, sliced in half, for garnish
  1. Shake, serve up, garnished with a strawberry slice.

Coconut Gin Old Fashioned

A modern take on your grandmother’s cocktail. Drink this on your back porch as the sun sets.

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 ounce coconut water
  • Lime peel, for garnish
  1. Place sugar cube in the bottom of a low-ball, add bitters and coconut water then muddle until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add gin, stir and fill with ice and garnish with a lime twist.