“Official cocktails” are not news, but they could become a trend.
The Coquito Mojito was chosen among six cocktails created by a mixologist who was retained by a group Naples restaurateurs, called the Naples Orignals, seeking an official cocktail. It has been renamed the Naples Original.
The Coquito Mojito won a contest to become the official cocktail of Naples, Florida. Photo courtesy Naples Originals.
Coquito is an eggnog-like beverage, a traditional holiday drink in Puerto Rico. It is made with coconut cream, coconut milk, egg yolks, rum, sweet condensed milk and holiday spices: cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
The Coquito Mojito combines the two concepts, taking the basic Mojito recipe (rum, mint, lime juice, sugar and club soda) enhanced with coconut-flavored rum and cream of coconut, omitting the sugar.
COQUITO MOJITO RECIPE
Ingredients Per Drink
1. In the cocktail shaker, lightly muddle the mint in the coconut cream. Add lime juice, rum and coconut flavored rum.
2. Fill with ice to the top, cap the shaker and give it a long, hard shake. Pour through a strainer into a glass over ice.
3. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with mint sprig, lime wheel and coconut flakes.
If you’d like an official cocktail for your town, approach the Chamber Of Commerce and volunteer to be on the committee. You could find yourself with some new, civic-minded drinking buddies.
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