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TREND: The “Official Cocktail”

“Official cocktails” are not news, but they could become a trend.

  • The Sazerac, a combination of cognac or rye whiskey, absinthe and bitters, is the official cocktail of New Orleans.
  • The Fire & Ice Boom from Buffalo combines vodka, triple sec, hot sauce, lemon juice and Sprite.
  • The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. The Black Eyed Susan is the official cocktail of the Preakness—a combination of vodka, Kentucky whiskey, orange juice and sour mix. And the triple crown of cocktails concludes with the Belmont Jewel: Bourbon, lemonade and pomegranate juice.
  • The Bacardi Mojito is the official cocktail of Miami.
    And on the west coast of Florida, Naples has selected the Coquito Mojito.

    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.


    Ingredients Per Drink

  • .75 ounces rum
  • .75 ounces coconut flavored rum
  • .75 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .75 ounces Coco Lopez Coconut Cream
  • Splash of club soda
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint, plus one for garnish
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional garnish: lime wheel

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Muddler
  • Cocktail strainer

    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.

    Find more of our favorite cocktail recipes.


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