Friday, March 03, 2006

Friday Cocktail - Coconut Mojito

Last week, I had a couple wonderful Coconut Mojito's at Spice while celebrating LuRu's birthday. She was enjoying pineapple cosmopolitans, which seemed like regular cosmos with pineapple in place of cranberry juice, possibly pineapple vodka. She didn't like this version as much as the pineapple cosmo she had at the mARTini bar on Young Circle (I hope that's the name). That one used pineapple vodka, but kept the cranberry juice and was much better and more interesting. On the other hand the Manhattan I had was attrocious, owing to the use of Seagram's 7 instead of bourbon or even rye. Apparently, the incredible amount of Candian tourists have retrained the bartender that candian whiskey is the normal base of a Manhattan.

Of course, that's all tangential to the star for the day, the Coconut Mojito. I searched for a recipe and found 3 different varieties:

Version 1 from NYMosaico Loca Bartender of the Moment:
Crush mint leaves, 3 lime wedges, and a sprinkle of sugar then shake with ice, Coconut Rum, Lime Juice, and a splash of club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge
This seems most similar to what I had, though maybe a little better. Mine was great, but on the verge of too sweet, so maybe they used more sugar, or syrup, or sprite. I'll start here when I try to recreate the cocktail.

Version 2 From

  • 1 bunch mint (approximately 5 stems)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 ounces Coconut Rum
  • Shredded coconut


Muddle mint in lime juice and sugar in a mixing glass. Add ice and pour Bacardi Coco over ice. Dip the rim of an iced martini glass in shredded coconut. Shake and strain cocktail into glass.

A more martiniesque version, and probably very tasty.

Version 3: from Martha Stewart:
4 sprigs of mint
1.5oz coconut milk
.5oz rock candy syrup
juice of 1 lime
2oz light rum
club soda
coconut rum
Muddle mint, coconut milk, syrup and lime juice. Fill glass with ice, add rum. Top with soda and stir. Float a little coconut rum on the top. Unbelievably, she doesn't mention anything about garnish.
This doesn't sound as good to me, but could be better for the real coconut freaks.


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