Food Friday : Coco Tropics Drink

This week’s food post is about a drink I’ve been making lately, that is so delicious I had to share! Sunny weather is upon us so I wanted to make a cocktail with a definitive tropical twist, and what is more beachy than coconut, pineapple and passion fruit together?!

The adult version of this drink contains rum and Alize liqueur, but I have also been really enjoying a virgin version on days when I don’t want to drink alcohol.

To make 2 small drinks or 1 tall one that can be sipped slowly all afternoon long. Erm, well actually they taste so good that it might be impossible to sip this slowly, so let’s stick to the premise that this recipe is for two drinks!

See notes about ingredients below.
Mix together:
– 1/4 cup each of : rum, Gold Passion Alize, and coconut milk
– 1 cup of “Tropical Citrus 5 Alive Juice” or Pineapple Juice, or a mixture of Orange and Pineapple Juices

Serve with ice and enjoy! So good.

For the alcohol free version, just mix the coconut milk with the juice. Sounds weird, but tastes very nice.

– There are different kinds of Alize, so the one you want is the orange coloured one, called Gold Passion because it contains Passion Fruit Juice
–  I used the lower fat version of coconut milk, but reading the label I saw that the only difference is the addition of water. So if you want, go for the full fat and mix it with water. It is available in those little tiny cans, so you can get one of those. Note that unused coconut milk can be refrigerated, but it will go off after a couple of days.
–  The Five Alive juice is made from a can of concentrate found in the frozen foods section of the grocery store. There are several versions of Five Alive, so I’ve included a picture of the can in this post. The ingredient that makes this the type you want for this recipe is the pineapple juice.

I’ve been hearing a lot about the nutritional value of coconut milk. Aside from fiber and many nutrients, apparently it contains a unique kind of fat cell, called a ‘medium chain fatty acid’, which have been proven to be good for us. So while coconut is high in fat, it is fat which is difficult for the body to break down and absorb so it is expelled from our bodies. All in all it seems to be a good fat (though I am not a nutritionist and can’t say for sure. Regardless of what I’ve read I do use coconut in moderation because I understand that it is saturated fat.) I’ll link one article here Huffington Post on Coconut Benefits, but there is plenty more on the net about the healthiness of coconut.

Enough with the science lesson and more on this delicious drink! It is now well afternoon on Friday as I type this and it is gorgeous outside. The city has quieted right down with many people heading north to cottage country. So after I hit publish on this post, I’m mixing up one of these and heading out to the deck with my book. I’m reading “Water for Elephants” and am really liking it. And in case you’re wondering, I’ll be making the version with the alcohol in it.

Aside: Did you know that the coconut got its name because the three dots on the shell resemble a face, and the word coco is Portuguese word for grinning or monkey face!? Watch out … if you have one too many of these drinks you might end up with a coco-face!

I hope you’re in for a great week-end!
xo loulou