Ever since giving up soda a couple months back, I've been drinking a lot of iced tea and coconut water. A lot of coconut water. After having drunk, tasted, and meticulously note-taken my way through every brand of coconut water I could find, I consider myself a sort of expert on the subject, and I've got some opinions on what makes great coconut water, and who does it the best.
'coconut water' on Serious Eats
The balanced and decidedly tropical flavors of this friendly green smoothie are just the ticket to a relaxed state of mind.
Summer may be over according to the calendar, but you can still stick a paper umbrella in something tropical to sip. Here are three recipes for a virtual vacation at home.
The cooling flavors of the melon and coconut get a little kick from homemade chile de arbol simple syrup in this agua fresca.
The Surfer on Acid is most often consumed in shot form. This variation is a long drink, made extra-refreshing with coconut water.
We get a lot of wacky things sent to us as Serious Eats HQ, but within the same week, two new coffee-flavored coconut waters arrived on my desk. Two's a trend? Maybe it shouldn't be, but there's one winner so far in this burgeoning category.
I love a good piña colada. I'm not talking about the sickly-sweet Trader Vic's version with spiced rum (or worse, coconut rum) and a can of coconut milk served in a hollowed-out pineapple. Okay, I do love those, too; but it's hard to justify that many empty calories right up front. Here's a lighter version, perfect for mid-morning, with an innovation borrowed from our friends at Beaker and Flask here in Portland: coconut water ice cubes.
A lighter version of the classic, this cocktail uses coconut water ice cubes in lieu of all that thick coconut milk.
This drink requires the simplest of preparations, yet it's almost wholly unexpected by the average imbiber. For assertiveness, it uses a good, amber rum—Appleton Extra is a good choice, as are Angostura 1919 and Bacardi 8— and for unparalleled refreshment impact, chilled coconut water.