At one of my favorite restaurants in the city, the Fatty Crab, they have incredible cocktails (read more about the Fatty Crab here). They aren’t cheap ($12/each) but they are tasty. Unfortunately for me, my favorite cocktail there is also the most expensive, at $14 a pop. However, this is no ordinary cocktail. This is a fresh green coconut, opened in front of you at the bar, with dark rum. Served with a spoon and a straw, you can drink the cocktail while you scoop out the fresh, custard-like coconut meat from the inside of the shell. It’s a real treat, to say the least.
The other night I had the inspiration to go find some coconuts and try making this drink at home, utilizing my new favorite dark rum: Kraken. Kraken is a dark spiced rum with heavy vanilla notes, and I think it makes a great Dark ‘N Stormy. You can also enjoy it on the rocks…it’s that smooth.
Unfortunately Fairway didn’t have any fresh green coconuts. If you can find those…use them! Green coconuts will look like this:
If you can’t find green coconuts, you can use the de-husked coconuts that you should be able to find in any grocery store. Shake the coconuts you are going to buy to make sure you can hear water sloshing around inside. You don’t want to get a dry nut! Use a hammer and a nail (or a phillips head screwdriver) to poke two holes in the top of the coconut to drain the water into a glass:
To make coconut cups, you can use a saw to cut the top of the coconut off, or use a hatchet and a hammer to create the opening. It’s a bit tricky, so have a couple extra nuts in case you break one beyond saving. Unfortunately the de-husked coconuts don’t stand up on their own, so I put mine in a coffee cup for balance. Mix the coconut water and rum in a 50/50 ratio and pour it back into the shell. Tip: if you are able to crack the nuts ahead of serving time, put them in the freezer for as long as you can before you make the drinks (the coconut water will keep in the fridge). The frozen coconut will keep your drink cold, and the shell keeps your hand from getting cold! Another option is to add a couple pieces of frozen pineapple to the drink, but it does change the character of the beverage. I prefer just coconut water and rum. One final option is to freeze coconut water and use those as ice cubes. Whatever you prefer!
There is also the easier way to make this cocktail without any of the hassle of opening up coconuts. Simply buy a carton of coconut water at your local grocery store, mix with rum, and serve in a glass. Not as much fun, but still just as tasty. Make sure you get “coconut water” and not “coconut milk”. Two totally different things.