When Life Gives You Lemons …

by Aug 5, 2021North Brunswick, Recipes

… add some rum and coconut for a tropically tart summer refresher.

My spouse and I recently went out for dinner and drinks for the first time in over a year. Both of us being vaccinated, we were eager to get out, socialize and support a local restaurant. While waiting on a table on the patio, we sat at the bar to have a cocktail.

I had been having a rough day, so I ordered a peppy-sounding drink that included coconut and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. I watched the bartender squeeze two lemons in the shaker. He also poured in two shots of rum and a hefty squeeze from a bottle labeled coconut cream. He shook it all up, and when he poured it over ice it was frothy and smooth.

I braced myself on the first sip because I thought two shots of rum and juice from a whole lemon was going to be way too strong, but I was wrong. It was tropically tantalizing. The coconut cream cut the acidity of the lemons and I couldn’t taste the rum at all. I said to the bartender, “This drink could get me in trouble.”

That refreshing cocktail turned my whole day around and reminded me of a hot summer day on the beach. It was so refreshing and delicious, I had to slow down because it was going down so quickly. Between you and me, I actually ordered another one and finished it off before going to our table.

I knew had to try to recreate it back home, and this is my recipe. So, when life gives you lemons, add rum and some coconut. Let the flavors transform you to a hot day with a salty breeze and sand in your toes.

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Coconut Kick
Coconut Lemon Spirit
Course Drinks
Cuisine cocktail
Keyword coconut, lemon
Servings
drink
Ingredients
Course Drinks
Cuisine cocktail
Keyword coconut, lemon
Servings
drink
Ingredients
Coconut Lemon Spirit
Instructions
  1. Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in the coconut cream and coconut-flavored rum and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  3. The drink should be frothy. Pour into a large cup over ice.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint.
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