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When you’re looking to surprise and delight your guests at your regular derby day shenanigans a tropical, bourbon based drink is one of the ways to do that. Your guests believe they’re in for the standard mint juleps and straight bourbons yet you have a sneaky surprise waiting in the wings for them this year.

About halfway through the day, as the sun sits high in the sky, you look around and can tell that people are starting to lag behind in the heat of the day. Taking your leave you slip inside for a minute. You tray up a cup for everyone and pull out the ingredients for your secret cocktail. Pouring all the ingredients in the second to last thing you add, before the ice, is your secret weapon, Bomani; guaranteed to perk everyone up. A quick whizz with the blender and you pour and serve, lighting up smiles and sparking life into your guests. With a smile on your face you immediately recognize that you’re you’re going to be making a few more rounds of these.

Coconut Bourbon Cream

  • 1.5oz Old Forester 86 proof bourbon
  • 2oz Bomani
  • 1oz Coco Lopez cream of coconut
  • 0.75oz Coconut milk
  • 0.75oz Almond milk
  • 1 Cup Crushed ice
  • Glass: Hurricane
  • Garnish: Toasted coconut flakes
  • Method: Add all ingredients to blender, saving crushed ice for last, and blend on high speed for 5 seconds. Pour into glass, garnish and serve.

Why This Cocktail Works

This is an excellently creamy and highly textural cocktail in which all the ingredients are entangled. The bourbon and coffee work together at first to open up this drink before quickly intermingling with the sweetness of the Coco Lopez and the milks. This is then all cut back through by the bourbon to lift the sweeter and more body rich elements off the tongue leaving the drinker wanting more.

Where and When

This is going to be a great Kentucky Derby day, race-day cocktail for those living and serving in warmer climes; even at the derby itself if the weather is right! Beside this the Coconut Bourbon Cream is excellent on a beach, poolside, or anytime you may be fancying a tropical cocktail in the sun.

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