Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mixology Monday: Lime in the Coconut

As summer recedes, the last of the tiki drinks and boat drinks are being confected.  Dainty swimming trunks will turn into furry fleece jackets while mojitos will make way for hot toddies. 

When I saw that The Pegu Blog had picked limes as its theme for Mixology Monday I could only think of one drink for my maiden MxMo post.  I opted for simplicity.  However, I risked redundancy of this drink amongst my fellow contributors.  How contemptuous that would be... similar in the way two coworkers mistakenly show up to the office wearing the exact same ensemble. 

But I digress.

The great Gina Chersevani (of PS7s) was my source for this particular recipe - which is delicious.  I ventured the extra mile, heinously chopped open a young coconut and used it as the goblet. 

Lime in the Coconut

- 1 1/2 oz of Bacardi Rum
- 1 oz of fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz of coconut water
- 1/2 oz of ginger syrup
- pinch of cinnamon
- 10 mint leaves

Pour rum, lime juice, coconut water, ginger syrup, cinnamon and 10 whole mint leaves into a glass with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into a glass (or a coconut) with crushed ice.  Garnish with a lime wheel and a few sprigs of mint.  For extra aromatics, give the mint a slap or two in your hand to release a little bit of the juices in the leaves. 

Refreshing and tropical, its a delightful concoction that invokes that quaint island lifestyle - even if the everyday reality of that life is hardly so picturesque. 

And now, covering the famed "Lime in the Coconut" tune by Harry Nilsson, dear reader... Kermit the Frog.


  1. Hello, AJR!

    This recipe looks great. I'm glad MxMo has directed me to your blog.

    I'm actually a GWU alum. I graduated a year before Tonic was done being built. It serves liquor now? Last time I checked, it was only beer and wine.

    Let me know which day you bartend, I might like to visit and meet you. I live in McLean right now.

  2. Hi DJ HawaiianShirt,

    Thanks for the comment. And thanks for reading the blog!

    What a shame Tonic wasn't open before you graduated. I have been with the bar since it opened in the summer of 2007. You're right, in January 2008, Tonic did get an alcohol license. I believe it finally got liquor/spirits somewhere in the neighborhood of April or May of that year. So MUCH has changed since you last visited.

    I only bartend on Saturday nights from 3:30pm-close (closing time varies on volume but most nights last call is at 1:30am). I will be out of town this coming weekend but every Saturday you can find me behind the bar. Just stop in and introduce yourself. I'd be more than happy to treat you to some delicious beverages.