Caribeno sounds tropical, tastes tropical, and it banks on its coconut-and-rum appeal. It’s like a light version of a tiki drink, but in all the right ways.
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What is Caribeno?
The Caribeno is, in essence, a long Daiquiri, and it makes exceptionally good use of coconut water. It was invented in San Francisco by Martin Cate, who specializes in tiki drinks so you can be sure this is a very well thought out cocktail. It could actually classify as a long drink, since it uses a lot of coconut water, but I love it regardless.
- 2 oz light rum
- 0.25 oz simple syrup
- 4 oz coconut water
- 0.5 lime juice
- In a shaker combine ice, light rum, simple syrup, coconut water, lime juice. Shake very well.
- Strain into highball glass half-filled with ice.
- Garnish with lime wedge or wheel.
Coconut water is key here. Both fresh and canned will work just fine.
When is this drink best ?
Caribeno works amazingly well as a laid-back summery drink, perhaps even better than the Mojito. I could see myself drinking this on the beach, lounging by the pool, on a very nice boat, or in my backyard with an inflatable pool.
My thoughts on Caribeno
I loved it ! The coconut water has a sweet and salty note to it, aside from the coconut flavor. it just pairs so well with white rum that I can’t really begin to consider using dark or spiced rum for this, they’d be way too strong. The lime juice is a nice tough, to cut through the coconut water, and it doesn’t need any more sweetening than it already has. Definitely a new favorite.
If you like Caribeno, you might also like…
Mojito – very refreshing mint, white rum, no coconut though
Daiquiri – the base for the Caribeno, if I’m being honest
Notes, substitutes, and tips
I love the coconut water in this, and I’m curious how it’d be with coconut milk instead.
The exact brand of coconut water you use doesn’t matter, as long as it’s not sweetened. Natural coconut water is a little sweet and salty on its own, so it doesn’t require extra sugar. If you do get sweetened coconut water, skip the simple syrup in the cocktail or add a bit more lime juice.
For extra flavor you could express some lime right into the drink before you serve it.