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THE J. V. D. COCKTAIL - (Like Painkiller)

I'm having a hard time seeing (or virtually tasting) a Painkiller in that recipe. It looks more to me like it falls closer to a Jungle Bird with a splash of mango. Having used coconut water extensively in cocktails, the flavor is quite subtle and an ounce is going to be completely overwhelmed by any one of those other flavors. It's certainly not going to evoke the familiar Coco Lopez or Real Coconut creams. That said, it looks like it could be a tasty recipe. Five ounces of relatively sweet juice and you probably don't need any additional syrup. I question the lack of a sour agent here, but perhaps with the bitter Campari the lime is not missed.

As for coconut water in general, I have found it a great addition to tiki cocktails--particularly when you're hosting a gathering and looking to lengthen drinks so guests don't inadvertently get hammered. The subtle flavor can increase the volume of a cocktail without it tasting watered down if used strategically. I've built entire cocktails around the stuff.
Sounds worthy of trying out at least once. The coconut water is what got me.

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This is Alton Brown's riff on the painkiller.

2 fluid ounces dark rum
4 fluid ounces pineapple juice
1 fluid ounce mango juice
1 fluid ounce coconut water
1/2 fluid ounce Campari
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish


I tried this recipe last night. The Campari was a little strong for my tastes, but overall I thought it was a good cocktail. -and Jayme, you were correct, the coconut water does get a little lost in this one. 🍹