With the beginnings of warmer weather very definitely in the air, it is time to start thinking about spending time in the garden with the family, socialising outdoors with friends and of course holidays. And along with sunnier days and barmy summer nights comes the need to drink more and keep hydrated. Becoming dehydrated can have serious health consequences and as the symptoms can occur quickly, it is important to ensure that you drink even if you are not experiencing those tell-tale feelings of thirst.
Coconut Water is already known to be a superior hydrating fluid, made from the inner water from the young coconut before it turns to the harder stuff which we are all familiar with. Packed full of electrolytes, coconut water boosts hydration levels, meaning it is an ideal drink to have on hand when hotter weather strikes.
But as tasty as it is with its milder coconut taste and subtle sweetness, coconut water is also the ideal mixer drink, especially when it comes to treating yourself to a cocktail.
Cocktails are not known to be a low-calorie alcoholic beverage, with a wide mix of spirits, liqueurs, fruit juices and even full-fat cream being included in a lot of recipes. The addition of coconut water doesn’t mean an overwhelming coconut taste, as it is often indistinguishable when mixed with other ingredients, and don’t automatically think that coconut water is destined for the Pina Colada. Coconut water has the enviable ability to blend into a whole host of familiar cocktails and is especially appealing in longer drinks. With the reported ability to potentially assist in curing and preventing hangovers which occur due to dehydration, choosing coconut water may be more beneficial as a cocktail ingredient than you initially imagined. From Mojitos to Margaritas and even Martinis, cocktails are never more refreshing than when treated to a splash or more of coconut water.
Like your cocktails without the alcohol? Coconut water is the idyllic mocktail ingredient, especially as these tend to be a longer drink that benefit from a mixer that increases the liquid volume without significantly altering flavour. Ditch the sugary lemonade, or even make a new twist on the iconic lemonade drink by making ‘Coconut Water Lemonade’. Perfect for giving the children a treat on a hot, sunny day but knowing that you are helping to ensure their hydration is at an optimum level, even if they don’t like the usual coconut flavour, they are likely to love the much milder coconut water taste.