For a starter, I latched on to the Tiki idea and picked up Beachbum Berry's Remixed and searched for coconut libations. Most were riffs on the basic Coconaut's rum-coconut cream-lime formula, and that did not fit my mood. Then I remembered a drink I remember seeing on the Trina's Starlite Lounge menu a few seasons ago, the Green Isaac's Special. Instead of rum and coconut cream, it calls for gin and coconut water with Angostura Bitters in the mix. The history of the drink and name all point to Ernest Hemingway. Therefore, I reached for Philip Greene's To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion for not only the recipe but a bit of history.
Green Isaac's SpecialGreene describes the recipe as a modified Tom Collins with bitters that history suggests that Hemingway came up with during his time in Key West in the 1930s. It first appears in Islands in the Stream and is named after the islands in question, Great Isaac and Little Isaac that are north of Bimini. The protagonist is described as enjoying, "the tall cold drink made of gin, lime juice, green coconut water, and chipped ice with just enough Angostura Bitters to give it a rusty, rose color." Tasting notes of "the sharpness of the lime, the aromatic varnishy taste of Angostura and the gin stiffening the lightness of the ice-cold coconut water" were also provided. The drink also appears with different names in two other books in this novel.
• 2 oz London Dry Gin (Beefeater)
• 4 oz Green Coconut Water (Naked)
• Juice of 1 Lime (1 1/2 oz)
• 2-4 dash Angostura Bitters, to taste (4 dash)
Shake with ice and pour into a Collins glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or peel (half spent lime shell).
So thank you to JFL of Rated R Cocktails for picking the theme (and allowing other options besides mallet, chisel, and power tools to open up coconuts) and for running this month's show, and thanks to the rest of the Mixology Monday participants for keeping the shakers shaking and the spirit of the event alive!