Move Over Piña Colada! Coconut Cocktails are Getting a Facelift

Move Over Piña Colada! Coconut Cocktails are Getting a Facelift

Butterfly Effect (Courtesy Fish Cheeks)


Often associated with spring break and kitschy paper umbrellas, coconut cocktails have gotten a bad rap over the years. But mixologists have recently re-embraced the tropical stone fruit*, rescuing it from piña colada purgatory and utilizing its sweet, slightly floral flavor in more subtle—less sunscreen-esque—ways.


Blank Slate + Butterfly Effect at Fish Cheeks


Fish Cheeks is a vibrant NoHo restaurant serving contemporary seafood-focused Thai dishes and tropical drinks that highlight the bold and unfiltered flavors of Thai cuisine. New on the menu this season from head mixologist Jeremy Downer, the Blank Slate is a variation on the piña colada made with cana brava rum, coco lopez, grapefruit and mint. The tart grapefruit juice balances the sweetness of the coconut cream, and the mint add a refreshing finish that will transport you to Thailand’s sandy beaches. For a cocktail that’s more subtle on the coconut, the Butterfly Effect features Ford’s gin, coconut water, housemade Thai herb-infused vermouth bianco syrup and a butterfly pea flower tincture, which gives that drink a vibrant violet hue.


Coco Matcha at Little Beet Table


Little Beet Table, a 100% gluten-free restaurant serving nourishing food and vegetable forward dishes, offers a non-alcoholic drink called the Coco Matcha.The tropical drink is made with coconut water, creamy oat milk, fresh pineapple, matcha, and chia seeds - a refreshing summer drink that will transport you out of the city - no plane tickets required.


Coco Rosé at The Williamsburg Hotel

96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Open for its second season, The Rooftop + Pool at The Williamsburg Hotel is an urban oasis with unobstructed views of the Manhattan Skyline, small bites created by executive chef Nicolas Caicedo, bespoke cocktails by beverage director and acclaimed mixologist Rael Petit, and a rotating DJ schedule. New to The Rooftop + Pool this year is the refreshing Coco Rosé, a twist on a classic wine cocktail made with rosé wine, Singani 63, Bacardi Coconut and lime juice. The smooth, tart, and slightly sweet drink is perfect for poolside sipping all summer long.


Pina Fey (©Jess Klein)


Pina Fey at The Horny Ram


New to Midtown East bar and eatery The Horny Ram, the Pina Fey – crafted by beverage consultant Cody Goldstein of Muddling Memories – combines dark rum, caramelized pineapple, orange, coconut cream, nutmeg and mint. The refreshing beverage is served in a pineapple glass providing the perfect escape from the concrete jungle.


Sleepwalk at Bar Moga


Bar Moga, Greenwich Village’s own Japanese cocktail bar and restaurant, offers a variety of signature cocktails using traditional Japanese spirits and transforming them into recipes inspired by the American Prohibition era. The Sleepwalk best exemplifies Bar Moga’s mission of using traditional ingredients + modern inspiration by mixing lemongrass shochu, Yuzu Omoi, coconut, ginger, lime and rose.


Vietnamese Coconut Iced Coffee (©Sarah Duffy)

Vietnamese Coconut Iced Coffee at PhoBar

PhoBar’s new summer menu is sure to make any staycation (or regular day in NYC) un-pho-gettable. Get out of the concrete jungle and head to the tropics of Vietnam with their new Vietnamese Coconut Iced Coffee, made with ethically and sustainably sourced Vietnamese beans from Nguyen Coffee Supply. Rich, sweet, and perfect for a midday pick-me-up!


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