Coconut cocktails sometimes carry kitschy connotations, especially when served in a coconut shell. But recognizing coconut’s sweet flavors and versatility, mixologists have given it a more modern spin. Here are six places to get your drink on.
The Pacific Palm at Charlie Palmer Steak, New York, New York
Created by general manager Jill Dobias, the Pacific Pam combines vodka, coconut water, and lime zest. This refreshing combination brings a vacation vibe right to Midtown — no packing or passport required. Make a reservation at Charlie Palmer Steak.
Pacific Scorpion at Roku, West Hollywood, California
The contemporary Japanese restaurant uses Svedka clementine vodka mixed with coconut, pineapple, passion fruit, watermelon, guava, and lychee juice for a tantalizing taste of the tropics. Make a reservation at Roku.
The Anti-Inflammatory at Saffron NOLA, New Orleans, Louisiana
Concocted by owner, general manager, and bar director Ashwin Vilkhu, the Anti-Flammatory includes cognac, turmeric-infused coconut milk, honey syrup, chili oil, and a sprig of cilantro. Vilkhu says the coconut milk contributes to the drink’s flavor profile and viscosity while providing a healthier alternative to cream. Make a reservation at Saffron NOLA.
Beach … Please at Whiskey Cake, Plano, Texas
Whiskey Cake serves inventive farm-to-fork fare, and its creativity extends to the drink menu as well. With coconut-infused Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon, Giffard banana, lemon, cinnamon simple, and cream, this cleverly named cocktail offers a sweet treat in a coconut-garnished glass. Make a reservation at Whiskey Cake.
Coconut Caipirinha at Jimmy at The James, New York, New York
Mixologist Johnny Swet created the Coconut Caipirinha using Avua Cachaca, coconut syrup, and lime juice. Paired with The Jimmy’s swanky setting on the 18th floor of The James Hotel, the drink evokes a well-earned escape. Make a reservation at Jimmy at The James.
The Coquito at Chino Chinatown at Trinity Groves, Dallas, Texas
Chino Chinatown fuses Latin and Asian cooking styles. This handcrafted drink includes Pearl Coconut Vodka, coconut water, lime, and simple syrup for what general manager Joseph Felling calls “the perfect hangover cure.” Make a reservation at Chino Chinatown at Trinity Groves.
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Susan Johnston Taylor is an Austin-based freelance writer who’s covered food and business for publications including The Boston Globe, Civil Eats, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Fresh Cup, and Pizza Today. Follow her @UrbanMuseWriter.