Cocktails And Mocktails You Can Make With Coconut
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The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) belongs to the palm tree family (Arecaceae) and is the only extant species of the genus Cocos. The term "coconut" can refer to the full coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which is a drupe, not a nut, according to the botanical definition. The name comes from the old Portuguese word coco, which means "head" or "skull." because the coconut shell looks like facial features. They are cultural icons of the tropics and can be found in coastal tropical regions. Coconut has some nutritious values as well. It is considered to be very beneficial for skin and hair. It also helps in maintaining the digestive system. Coconut has cooling properties that refresh the body and provides electrolytes to the system. It is believed to be a good fruit to be consumed during summer.

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Here are some mocktails and cocktails that you can make with Coconut to beat the heat-

Classic Coconut Lemonade

You must have tried mint, watermelon or peach lemonade. But have you tried coconut lemonade? This drink is as refreshing as it sounds. All you have to do is pour the coconut water into a glass, squeeze in half a lemon and add some ice cubes. Coconut water has its own sweetness but you can add some honey or sugar for extra sweetness. This beverage is very refreshing and is sure to become your next favourite.

Watermelon And Coconut Smoothie

This smoothie is both filling and refreshing at the same time. Watermelon and coconut are known for their cooling properties. This smoothie tastes delicious and is pleasing to the eyes as well. In a blender, put some diced unseeded watermelon chunks. Add some lemon and sugar syrup. Pour in the coconut milk and blend well. Your smoothie is ready to be served.

Batida de Coco

You can prepare this cocktail in a few minutes and the ingredients are easy to find. Coconut milk, white rum (or vodka), coconut water, and sweetened condensed milk are required to prepare the Batida de Coco. In a cocktail shaker, mix all the ingredients together and shake well. Pour it into tall cocktail glasses and enjoy the summer.

Coconut Gin and Tonic

The opportunity to quench your thirst with this coconut gin and tonic is one of the best things about the summer heat. It's a basic cocktail with only four ingredients, yet its cooling properties will keep your body cool and hydrated for hours. A delightful drink with a cooling, soothing sensation is created by combining coconut water, lime juice, mint, gin, and tonic.

Pina Colada

The pina colada is a cocktail that usually has rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice and is traditionally served blended or shaken with ice. A pineapple wedge, a maraschino cherry, or both can be used to garnish the glass. Pina colada can be made without rum as well. This drink has all the flavours ranging from sweetness to tart tanginess.

Banana and coconut smoothie

It is an easy recipe. You don't have to do much. Just add chopped bananas, ice cubes, sugar, and coconut milk to a blender. Mix it well and enjoy the icy cold smoothie.