Words by Simon Difford
Photography by Dan Malpass
When I say "coconut rum" most such products have at least 100 grams of sugar per litre so are actually liqueurs, while the few that don't have enough sugar to at least add a touch of sweetness.
I make a distinction between those products that are less than 35% alc./vol. as these are way below the alcohol content to be considered rums. Not that I've anything against coconut liqueurs such as Malibu (at 21% alc./vol.) and indeed one of the cocktails below uses this to add sweetness. However, this and all the other cocktails below call for what I consider 'coconut rum', i.e. rum-based, coconut flavoured, 37.5% to 40% alc./vol., and with just enough sugar to be considered a liqueur but without being sweet.
The Absinthe of Normal
With: Absinthe, coconut rum, coconut water, and liquorice bitters.
We say: Coconut, liquorice and anise are bold flavours to combine and hopefully make this cocktail deliciously abnormal.
With: Jamaican aged rum, overproof aged rum, coconut rum, coconut liqueur, coffee liqueur, lemon juice, and pineapple juice.
We say: The holy trinity of rum, coconut and pineapple served Tiki-style.
With: Overproof pot still rum, coconut rum, coffee liqueur, pineapple juice, and lime juice.
We say: Totally tropical and a touch of citrus bite.
With: Overproof white rum, amaretto, coconut rum, Galliano, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine.
We say: Innocent looking but packs a punch.
Castro's Pina Colada
With: Coconut rum, pineapple juice and lime juice.
We say: Coconut rum and pineapple balanced by tart lime.
With: Light white rum, coconut rum, lime juice and coconut syrup.
We say: A classic Daiquiri with a pleasing tropical touch.
With: Light white rum, black rum, coconut rum, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and lime juice.
We say: A Tiki-stye fruity rum punch.
With: Aged Jamaican rum, coconut rum, apricot brandy, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, and aromatic bitters.
We say: The classic pineapple and coconut combo with a touch of rum funk and subdued apricot.
Key Lime Pie No.1
With: Coconut rum, triple sec, lime juice, cream, and spiced vanilla liqueur.
We say: This rich cocktail is great when served as a dessert alternative.
With: Gold rum, coconut rum, and pineapple juice
We say: A ridiculously simple but tasty party cocktail.
The Last Time
With: Gold rum, coconut rum, Bénédictine, fino sherry, and vanilla bitters.
We say: "Will you stop fiddling with my cocktail!"
Lovely Pear of Coconuts
With: Light white rum, pear liqueur, coconut rum, and coconut water.
We say: As the name implies, this cocktail has a duo of coconut flavours.
With: Mezcal, amaretto, coconut rum, and abbotts bitters.
We say: Smoky almond and delicate coconut combine in the elegant after-dinner sipper.
Melon Collie Martini
With: Light white rum, melon liqueur, crème de white cacao, coconut rum, and cream.
We say: Something of a holiday disco drink but tasty all the same.
Painkiller Old Fashioned
With: Pineapple rum, coconut rum, pineapple syrup, and orange bitters.
We say: A tad on the sweet side, this is a distinctly tropical Rum Old Fashioned.
With: Fresh raspberries, Speyside single malt, coconut rum, and Italian red bitter liqueur.
We say: Bittersweet berry fruit scotch rounded by subtle coconut.
Raspberry Frangipane Spritz
With: Amaretto, vanilla liqueur, coconut rum, butterscotch liqueur, prosecco, and soda.
We say: Just like the eponymously named dessert this slightly sweet spritz is flavoured with raspberry, almond, vanilla and coconut.
With: Pineapple vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, vanilla syrup, and bitter lemon tonic.
We say: With a totally tropical taste.
With: Fresh lime, powdered sugar, cachaça, coconut rum, and pineapple juice.
We say: In drink circles, tropical usually spells sweet. This drink has a tropical flavour but a definite adult sourness.
With: Vanilla vodka, coconut rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, egg white, and blue curaçao.
We say: A great-looking holiday (Tiki-style) cocktail with vanilla, coconut and pineapple.
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