What better way to spend summer days than by lazing in the sun and sipping on a refreshing cocktail or mocktail?
With this being swimsuit season, nix the high calories usually contained in your favourite tipple by using Vita Coco, 100% Natural Coconut Water as a mixer.
The coconut water in Vita Coco comes from young green coconuts and is free from sweeteners, fat, cholesterol, flavourings and colourants – making it the healthy alternative to fruit juices and fizzy drinks. In addition to being better for your bathing-suit body, it is extremely hydrating which is crucial for South Africa’s sweltering summers.
With flavour being key in cocktails or mocktails, Vita Coco Pure – consisting of 99% coconut water, 1% naturally occurring sugar and Vitamin C, along with a natural, tropical taste – is the ideal ingredient for summer drinks.
Make Vita Coco Pure your summer sipping companion by trying one of these easy cocktail and mocktail recipes by master mixologist, Alf de Portillo:
Thrilla in Manila Cocktail
Gin and tonic with a healthier twist, the Thrilla in Manilla is one drink all gin lovers must try this summer.
50 ml Vita Coco water
35 ml Tanqueray London Dry
10 ml Pastis de Marseille
2 dash Orange Bitters
Nick & Nora
Stir the ingredients in a mixing glass, and then strain contents into a chilled glass. Garnish with Floating Star Anise before sipping.
Naariyal Hi Ball Cocktail
Unlike anything you’ve ever tasted, this rum-based masterpiece contains a hint of peanut butter, cherry and coconut – it’s a guaranteed good time in a glass!
50 ml Vita Coco water
40 ml Zacapa 23
10 ml Peanut butter fat washed Cherry Heering
2 dash Angostura Bitters
Build the ingredients directly in the glass, and add a block of ice. Garnish with Cherry and ice block before serving.
Torcida Sour Mocktail
Give the alcohol a skip, but hold on to the flavour with this alcohol-free option featuring bitter lemon, peach and refreshing coconut.
75 ml Vita Coco water
10 ml Sugar Syrup
20 ml Lemon Juice
2 dash Peach Bitters
20 ml Egg Whites
Grana Padano cheese
Combine Vita Coco, sugar syrup, lemon juice and peach bitters in a mixer, shake well, and strain into a glass. Garnish with whisked egg whites and cheese shavings, and enjoy!
Vita Coco is available in Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Wellness Warehouse, Clicks, Makro and Spar stores nationwide, as well as independent retailers, lifestyle and fitness centres. It retails from R24.95 for the 330ml and R54.95 for the 1 Litre.
For more information on Vita Coco, visit http://www.vitacoco.com/za/.