Gone Coco-Nuts

Coconut Colada, as served at the Palms Pool & Bungalows, $19

“We’re the Palms! When you think Palms, you just naturally think of a tropical oasis, and what’s a tropical oasis without exotic fruits such as coconuts?” asks N9NE Group mixologist Dave Herlong. His delicious Coconut Colada debuted this summer, a triple-coconut experience, which focuses on the pure, clean flavors of the coconut. “Using the fresh coconut water from the freshly cracked shell is an important ingredient of this cocktail. The fresh water imparts a natural sweetness that really stands out. The Coco Lopez provides some creaminess, sweetness and texture while the Ciroc Coconut adds a nice kick.” Health-wise, Herlong says, this is an ideal cocktail for the pool-going crowd that is out in the sun all day. “The electrolytes provided by the fresh coco water will help everyone get through a long, hot day of partying poolside.” Not to mention getting to be the cool person walking around with the coconut. There’s gotta be some image caché in there somewhere.

Blend 2 ounces of Ciroc coconut vodka, 2 ounces of fresh coconut water (or store-bought brands such as Zico, O.N.E. or Vita Coco), and 2 ounces of Coco Lopez coconut milk with ice and serve in a fresh, young coconut garnished with a mini umbrella, straw and a maraschino cherry.

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