I know it sounds like a kindergarten child named this drink, but I honestly didn’t know what to call it. I know it looks and sounds kind of odd (it kind of is), but let me try to express to you in words how amazing it is, and hopefully you’ll be convinced to give it a try!
Let’s start with the flavors – coconut and lime together is a no brainer, and this combination is prevalent in both the savory and sweet world. There’s something about the richness of coconut and brightness of lime that create the perfect balance. Now, why the “fizzy”? I am slightly addicted to sparkling water, especially in this summer heat. There’s something so refreshing about those bubbles that quench your thirst in such a different way than just plain water. I have nothing against plain water (I’ve been compared to a camel due to the amount of water I consume), and recommend everyone to increase their daily water intake. This drink is definitely not a water replacement, but it’s a nice little treat on a hot day. You may be thinking, “bubbly milk sounds disgusting.” For you, I have 2 counterpoints: 1. Have you ever tried MILKIS? It’s an asian drink that I used to love as a kid- it’s basically a sweet, milky, carbonated drink. Every asian kid begs their mom to get it at their weekend grocery store trip. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let’s move on to point 2. Root beer float, anyone?
Root beer floats are absolutely amazing and definitely a classic. But there are so many fun variations – sprite + rainbow sherbert, ginger ale + lemon sorbet, “adult” floats…the list can go on! Needless to say, I’m definitely a fan. This drink is not a float because there is no ice cream involved (although that is a great idea). However, the coconut milk + sparkling water creates the same sort of effect (look at the bubble on top). Think of this as something like a float, but way more refreshing! It’s great because you can easily whip it up for yourself, but it’s a good drink to serve to your friends b/c it’s interesting, super tasty, and so easy to make!
This recipe is for 2, but again, very easily adjustable to feed more or less people. (Party idea: make a big pitcher – make the coconut milk mixture, and add the sparkling water at the party just before serving). I first rimmed my glasses with lime juice a coconut shreds – if you just glance at it, you can’t really tell because the bubbles kind of take over and cover the coconut, but I still think it’s a nice touch. Then, mix 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1.5 tbsp sugar, and juice of 2 limes. (This is the coconut milk in the cans, not the ones next to the milk alternatives like soy, almond, and rice). I blended those ingredients together in my blender to make sure the sugar was completely incorporated and dissolved. Other alternatives include using a liquid sweetener, or making a simple syrup (dissolve equal parts sugar and water in a pot over medium heat, and let cool). Fill your glasses about half way with ice. Pour your coconut milk mixture over the ice, splitting evenly between the 2. I chose to add a couple slices of lime into the glass just to make it pretty. Then pour your sparkling water over the coconut milk mixture, filling them to the top (and again, splitting evenly between the 2 cups). Pour slowly when you get close to the edge; the bubble grow quickly! Garnish with some more limes if you want!
That’s it- I told you it was easy. I’m telling you, it’s kind of weird, but weird in the best way possible. You may have just discovered your new favorite drink. And you can definitely add a shot (or 2 if no one’s looking) of RUM or some other kind of liqueur that you think would pair well. Now you have a great little drink for date night or an evening with the girls. You know when you look for outfits that can transition easily from daytime to nighttime? This is like the drink equivalent of the perfect dress that you can wear to the office, then fancy up to go out afterwards! So, you have your pick of the daytime drink or nighttime drink (no one’s judging if you have the nighttime drink during the daytime) – what’s your pick?
Here’s my quick FASHION TIDBIT of the day. We’ve talked about the “tuck” and the “knot” already. Now, here’s the “half tuck.” What is it with me and tucking my shirts? I’m not quite sure. Sometimes the shirt is just too long, which calls for a tuck, but most of the time I guess I just like how it looks when you break up the monotonous edge of the shirt against the bottom. In my head, it creates a point of interested. But anyways, the “half tuck” can be used when you’re wearing a button down shirt. Simply unbutton the last button on the bottom, and just tuck half of it into your shorts/pants/skirt. Give it a gentle pull to loosen it a bit. And that’s it! Also, it’s necessary to stand next to some tall sticks and look off into the distance as if in deep thought. Or hold a bowl of limes.
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
- 1.5 tbsp sugar*
- juice of 2 limes
- Rum**, optional
- 1 can sparkling water
- Coconut shreds + extra limes for decoration, optional
- Rim 2 glasses with lime juice and coconut shreds, optional. Fill glasses about half way with ice cubes.
- Mix coconut milk, lime juice and sugar*
- (If you're going to make a spiked version, just mix in a shot of rum into the coconut mixture)
- Divide coconut milk mixture evenly among the 2 glasses.
- Top off both glasses with sparkling water.
- *I blended my coconut milk and sugar to ensure that the sugar was completed mixed in/dissolved. You can also consider using a liquid sweetener, like agave.
- **You can use rum or any other liqueur you have on hand that you might think will pair well.