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I’ll admit it. I love to impress people.
In fact, I enjoy dazzling close friends and total strangers so much, I’m swapping out my garish collection of plastic tumblers and mismatched glassware for something far more impressive: COCONUTS.
Okay, I’m only half joking, but after trying this yourself, you’ll see where I’m coming from! This alternative-vessel DIY didn’t just take me straight to the tropics — it also put me right at the top of people my pals admire most. A confident assertion? Absolutely. But, when anyone gets a glimpse of you taking the time to smash open a piece of produce for their overall enjoyment, you’ll score some serious points. As if you weren’t incredible enough already! This little project requires:
A caveat before we get started:
Opening a coconut is no joke. Before pounding away at the hard shell before me, I was lovingly counseled on how to safely handle a machete, and while I strongly encourage you to try this at home, do exercise caution!
Also, the ‘meat’ of the coconut is stubborn and the removal process requires patience. (Don’t have time? I got you.) To more easily remove the insides, split the shell and leave it out to dry for a day or two. Word on the street is, you can also bake the halves at 300 degrees for 1-2 hours. However, if you’re looking to make up for skipping arm day (I’m with you), scooping provides a great workout.
Pictured: Frond in a Million Coaster Set
Now, on to the how-to!
Congrats! You now have a fresh and functional cup in which to indulge. Not sure what to savor from its shell first? I gotcha covered there, too. Below is an equally impressive (yet much less physically demanding) cocktail recipe you’ll be enjoying in only a few moments.
Pictured: Leaf Some for Me Plate Set
Punch Ado About Nothing (Shakespearean, not stirred)
What you’ll need:
1/2 oz coconut rum
1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz blue curaçao
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 oz carbonated lemon-lime beverage
1 lemon wedge
Upon prepping the simple syrup, pour the listed ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker.
Give it a generous shaking, and fill up your coconut. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a fun striped straw, because after all that work, you deserve a little libation vacation.
Depending on the shape, size, and volume of your coconut cup, you’ll likely have some liquid left over. Fear not! Just look at it as already having much-needed refills on standby.
There you have it. Incredible new cup? Check. Wooing everyone you’ve ever met with your dedication to festive creativity? Check. One more survival skill (and recipe) in the event you’re ever stranded on a deserted island and need to host a party? Check!
Some may say that after doing this, the world is your oyster, but shellfish are too simple a conquest for a formidable soul like you. So, I dare to update the adage…
The world is your coconut. Cheers!
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