De Lime in De Coconut
Head to a vacation state of mind with this classic summer cocktail.
We all know “Coconut,” the classic Harry Nilsson song from the ’70s — “Put de lime in de coconut, you drank ’em bot’ up” — well, this drink is exactly like that. Now that the song is stuck in your head, you are ready to make this cocktail.
With only a few ingredients and a blender you can create a tasty, tart and refreshingly tropical drink. I don’t do much with coconut unless it is summer, because coconut takes me to a place with salt air, sandy toes and a feeling of relaxation. This drink, made with thick and deliciously sweet coconut cream is the perfect escape to that vacation state of mind. Blended with ice, rum and two whole limes, this drink is frothy and best drank right away.
There are many variations to this drink. Some recipes call for coconut milk instead of coconut cream or lime juice instead of the whole peeled lime. I make mine with coconut cream because it makes the drink thicker, and I think the cream is a bit sweeter than the milk, which goes great with the tartness of the lime. Lime juice is a simple substitution, but by using the whole peeled lime I feel as if there is less waste and it allows for bits of lime to slip in as you sip.
Unlike the song I doubt this drink is a remedy for a belly ache, but it’s worth a try.