Tiki Mug Monday: Coconut Gin Fizz

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This week we're serving up another modification to a tiki drink recipe - the Cream Gin Fizz.  We found this one on Beachbum Berry's [way too awesome] Total Tiki app.  Any tiki-philes or mixologists out there should check it out if you're on the hunt for new recipes you can make with whatever ingredients you have on hand at home.  Added bonus: it's also filled with fun facts, history, etc.

We decided to substitute coconut cream for the milk recommended in this drink because #1 coconut seemed like a tastier choice and #2 milk doesn't really agree with us.  For the coconut cream, we went with Coco Real because we haven't had great experiences with the Coco Lopez cans and, well, if it's good enough for the Tonga Hut, it's good enough for us!  We also didn't have fresh limes on hand so we substituted sweetened lime juice for the sugar and fresh lime juice specified in the recipe.  Oh, and we boosted the "cream" and alcohol content a little...and threw in a little mint...because, why not?  

This week we're drinking our Coconut Gin Fizz out of the first gen Krakatoa Punch mug from Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar (Disneyland) because Trader Sam's Grog Grotto finally opened at the Polynesian in Disney World and we can't really contain our excitement.  Here's a great post about it from The Disney Food Blog

But back to our Coconut Gin Fizz.  Ingredients required to mix up one of your own:

  • 3 oz. dry gin (we prefer Tanqueray) 
  • 2 oz. coconut cream (syrup) 
  • 2 oz. sweetened lime juice 
  • 1 oz. soda water
  • Mint sprig

Combine gin, coconut cream, sweetened lime juice, and plenty of ice in a shaker.  Shake well and pour (unstrained) into a tiki mug of your choice.  Add soda water and stir quickly to make it foam up.  Throw a sprig of mint in there and muddle it while you're at it too for some added freshness.  Garnish with some mint, a fruit wedge, a swizzle stick (ours is from Trader Sam's), and a cocktail umbrella.  Enjoy! 

Ahhh, this one's refreshing - perfect for the heat wave we've been having in LA!