Coconut drinks have a bad rap among cocktail buffs — they’re usually frozen, artificially flavored, and way too sweet. But New York mixologists are giving coconut another chance with a slew of summery cocktails that are light, refreshing, and almost too delicious this summer. Try one of these six sips in lieu of that frozen piña colada you almost ordered.
The palm-tree wallpaper, bartenders in guayabera shirts, and frozen drinks served in tiki mugs make The Happiest Hour the presumable spot for island-inspired sips in the West Village — and don’t us wrong, it is. But downstairs at its sister bar, there’s an unexpected coconut concoction dubbed the Curse of Lo Pan: Beefeater 24, egg whites, lemon, jasmine pearl and matcha syrup and coco mix — a blend of the classic Coco Lopez cream of coconut and coconut milk — plus matcha powder to finish it off. 121 W. 10th St., 212 243 2827
If you see a lot of creamy cocktails in production at Greenwich Village’s new Bar Moga, it’s because patrons can’t get enough of the Sleepwalk — a blissful blend of Omoi Yuzu sake, Mizunomai lemongrass shochu, ginger syrup, lime juice, coconut milk and rose water that goes down very smooth. 128 W. Houston St., 929-399-5853
Seamore’s probably comes to mind if you’re dying for some fresh seafood, but with the opening of basement rum bar Fishbone at its new Chelsea location, now it’s a destination for tasty cocktails, too. The watering hole’s signature drink, the Coco Loco, has a healthy dose of coconut to curb your craving — it’s simply dark rum and fresh young Thai coconut water served in your very own coconut. 161 Eighth Ave., 212-597-9222
You’ll need some help drinking the Isle of Manhattan Fizz punch at East Village Cuban oasis Cienfuegos — it only comes in basins meant for two, three or four, or five or more to share. But you’ll have no trouble recruiting friends to share this delicious and potent bowl of Chairman's Reserve silver rum, Beefeater gin, coconut, lime, pineapple, orange flower water, and soda. 95 Ave. A, 212-614-6818
When in Midtown, don’t settle for just any ice-cold drink. Hell’s Kitchen's Tacuba is there to help when the temperature reaches new highs and you’re on the hunt for AC — and tequila. The Latin haunt’s Buena Onda pairs Herradura Silver Tequila with coconut water, coconut, pineapple, agave, and lime juice to cool you down and get you a little tipsy. 802 Ninth Ave., 212-245-4500
Cobble Hill cocktail destination Clover Club attracts serious drinkers with its broad menu of innovative libations. But coconut lovers should flip right to the Garden to Glass section for the Coconut Julep: a sweet, summer-inspired adaptation of the classic recipe made with toasted coconut-infused corn whiskey, coconut liqueur, macadamia nut syrup, Jamaican rum and mint. 210 Smith St., Brooklyn, 718-855-7939