MxMo Guilty Pleasures, the Coconaut

Posted by TraderTiki on October 13th, 2008 — Posted in Drinks, Grog Log, MxMo, Recipes, Rum, Tiki Drinks

Oh Stevi, what have ye done?  What mad Pandora’s box has been opened as the entire cocktail blogosphere confesses their sins as Lemon Drop downing Sour Apple Pucker Fans.  Okay, it hasn’t gotten that bad, but there are a few confessors in this MxMo Guilty Pleasures that I’m on the borderline of giving a comforting hug, a Vieux Carré, and a brief smack upside the head.

Of course, I deserve a bit of a smack up the head myself (okay, an entire reenactment of the Three Stooges career, but anyway), as I’ve got my own niggling demons of self-doubt, as splayed before you below.

Okay, so I’ve been known to arrive at a party or two, here and there, when the need to roam outside of the Galley seizes me. Inevitably, my repayment for the inevitable smashed window or glass is, of course, bringing something for the Tiki-lovin’ tipplers (I keep my friends close, and drunk on Rum). Being the lazy bastard I am though entails bringing something simple, universally delicious, and that can be made without any more effort than I’d be able to put into it after the first few rounds.  My fall back is Jeff Berry’s Coconaut, as published in the Grog Log.



  • 8 oz Coconut Cream
  • 2 oz Lime Juice
  • 7 oz Myers Dark

Fill Blender with Ice and Blend for 20 seconds or until smooth.  Recipe serves 2-4.  Garnish with Lime Shell filled with 151 for a “Flaming Re-entry”

“But Trader Tiki,” as one may ask, “what is so guilty about that?  It’s Tiki, it’s by a noted mixologist, what could cause you such shame?”.  Well, ladies and gentlemen, fasten your monocles for these shocking revelations.

Revelation the first: I *LOVE* Tiki Mugs.  You may not have noticed that I don’t do a helluva lot of pics with tiki mugs.  Part of this is due to my, shall we say, collector’s dire fear of losing them to the concrete floor of the galley forever.  I’ll make excuses about wanting to honor the drink, show color, frost… bah, whatever.  Give me something in ceramic and I’m a happy fellow.  For all the this and thats about it, Tiki mugs have been around for quite some time, and evoke a lot of happy memories for me.  You can actually see a few of my collection over at Ooga Mooga.  There are a few unlisted though, everyone has their own private stash of something.

Revelation the second: Fire Fire Fire!  Set a beverage on fire, chances are you’ll see my eyes light up.  Like so many of the other native urges, it’s just a primal thing.  I do a few fire flicking tricks at home and abroad, and know the pain of not being quick enough with the 151, but it still amazes me when I see a creative new way to set liquid ablaze.

Revelation the third and final: Coconut Cream!  It seems whether a person dislikes coconut, tiki drinks, rum, or anything else I’m generally passionate about, they love anything made with coconut cream, and I’m just as big a goober about it.  It’s the Tiki equivalent of driving a marathon, no complexity or mysterious combinations, just straight up front sugary goodness.

There are a few other things hiding in there… specifically calling for Meyers’ Dark which I once rallied so against, the simplicity of it, the (oh noes!) use of a blender… but no, I fear I can take no more of this confessional.  At least, and I can say this with all truth, I am not a Jimmy Buffet fan.  There, I’ve taken a little bit back there, and feel a bit better.  Here’s to hoping my pride gets back into strength for the next Mixology Monday.  See you then!


Comment by MrBaliHai

You might want to mention that this recipe serves more than one person, unless you like to drink 7 oz. of rum at a single sitting…;-)

I’d love to see this photo in the Exotic Cocktails and Tiki Mugs Flickr pool, btw (hint, hint).

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 3:00 am

Comment by tiare

I LOVE the coconaut! i really do..i believe you would like my blue colada…

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 7:17 am

Comment by Doug Winship

I’ve got a question about the flaming garnish. What is the red-orange cube inside the lime shell? Is it some kind of thingy that ends up acting like a wick?

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 10:33 am

Comment by TraderTiki

MrBaliHai, done! I actually quartered the recipe for that glass. Damn it’s still just that good.

Doug, that is fire. DO NOT TOUCH. But in actuality there’s a sugar-cube doused in 151. It makes a wonderful sizzle, and the flame lasts quite a bit longer than with alcohol alone.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 10:47 am

Comment by Doug Winship

Thanks. I thought there was something there to make it burn longer. I almost never do TIki (though God knows, the longer I read blogs, the weaker my resistance), but I’m certain that we non-Tiki cocktailians deserve an opportunity for flaming garnish, dammit!

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 11:26 am

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Posted on October 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Comment by Dr. Bamboo

“unless you like to drink 7 oz. of rum at a single sitting”

Done it many times. ;-)

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 10:06 am

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