This coconut, lime, and gin cocktail has to be one of the simplest and tastiest recipes out there. The original formulation is said to be from Ernest Hemingway himself, who loved gin, the islands, and the cocktails inspired by the islands. You may have even heard a variation of this recipe called the Green Isaacs Special, named after some islands.
This is also a drink you can color and spice up with bitters. Any gin will do, and the lightness of this drink lets you play with the gin flavors. As with most mixed drinks that I make for myself, a London dry is the way to go for me, at least the first time I make it.
For another gin drink with coconut water, Sky Juice might just be for you.
Coconut, Lime, and Gin Cocktail
- 2 Oz. Gin
- 4 Oz. Coconut water
- .25 Oz. Lime juice
- 2 Dashes Bitters – optional
- Combine all of your ingredients into your cocktail shaker!
- Shake with plenty of ice.
- Strain if you want any coconut water chunks in your finished drink.
- Double strain if you think coconut chunks need to perish.
- Add bitters to taste, stirring them in your glass.
- Spritz and garnish with lime wedge.
Easy ways to mix up your Coconut, Lime, and Gin drink.
Change your gin! If you have a fruity or floral gin that would serve a summery drink better, try it. You can also let your gin shine a bit more if you don’t add some much coconut water!
Add more lime juice! Or better yet, drop some fresh lime wheels right into your glass.
Play with bitters. Hemingway would add just enough bitters to turn his drink a bit pink, but you can go for flavor. There are TONS of amazing bitters available, even lemon if citrus is your thing. Or go with spicy bitters if you have a bolder gin and want to enhance those flavors.