Rum and Coconut Water Recipe

Let's start the weekend right--with a cocktail recipe from Paul Clarke (The Cocktail Chronicles). Need more than one? That kinda week, eh? Here you go. Cheers!

At last, it's summer. And, it's hot (assuming you don't live near my home in Seattle, where it's finally hitting the mid-70s). In the late afternoon or early evening—when the heat and humidity can suck the chill right out of a beer in three minutes flat—you need a refresher that's a little more durable, yet simple to make. After all, when the heat strikes, the last place you want to be is in the kitchen, muddling up mojitos for a growing crowd of guests.

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.

Once only found in neighborhood bodegas and Asian food stores, this juice from a green coconut—which looks and tastes almost nothing like the more familiar coconut milk—is on the ascendance, and canned or Tetra-packed versions can be found in many natural-food stores and better-stocked groceries. Of course, it can also be found on the inside of green coconuts; if you feel like doing a little work for your drink, pick up one or two (Asian markets are still a good place to find these), make sure it sloshes interestingly, then hack a hole in the top using a large kitchen knife or cleaver (for best results, do this before starting on the rum). You may wish to strain the coconut water—even the canned versions include a bit of pulp—but its light, slightly sweet tanginess pairs beautifully with a rich, vanilla-toned rum.

While the temperature outside continues to hold steady, your internal temperature will take a nice, soft glide down. And if that doesn't say "ultimate summer refresher," I don't know what does.

Rum and Coconut Water

Recipe Details

Rum and Coconut Water Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 2 ounces amber rum

  • 4 ounces chilled coconut water


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice. Add rum, top with coconut water. Insert straw. Relax.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
151 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 301mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)