So when it comes to coconut tequila cocktails, Manservant rocks. This totally amazing, holiday inspired, coconut tequila margarita recipe, satisfied my requirement.
And in honor of Winter he named this beauty the Alpine Frost!
It’s been a long time since I posted a cocktail recipe but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had any!
What a crazy year I’ve had, with so many ups and downs, that by the time my birthday rolled around I decided it was time to get out of my doldrums and celebrate.
Well, Alex was here so that helped, too!
Truthfully, I am glad this year is over.
It began well with great anticipation of the 2nd Season of The Great American Recipe.
I mean it’s not every day a girl gets to be on TV.
So I’ll own it! What a fabulous experience it was though during the filming it was exhausting and stressful, but by the time is was over I was feeling a bit like I felt years ago when summer camp ended.
You mean, I have to go home?
Though it was work, it was great fun understanding more about the production of a television show, but the most fun was had with my fellow cast members.
So now I’m like, when is the camp reunion?
And no, I’m not really a reunion person.
I’v never been to one in my life!
So yes, this was a highlight of my year along with several other tv appearances, interviews and radio broadcasts.
I’d do it all again!
But in between all of this is life. And this year it was filled with a lot of ups and downs.
So to speak!
Before all the show stuff began my mom took a fall while getting into a car.
Then she took another and laid on the floor for 16 hours.
And then another where she laid on the floor for 18 hours and broke her clavicle.
After 5 weeks in rehabilitation and being told she needed 24 hour care we moved her from independent living to assisted independent living.
Not an easy task.
She was there three nights and fell again.
See what I mean about ups and downs?
Back to rehab where we thought she might soon be in hospice, but on an up note she beat the odds and after 8 weeks she moved back to her “new residence”.
I could write a book on this!
With all that had happened I was greatly looking forward to our family trip to Israel at the end of September.
One week in and you know what happened.
I’ll tell you more later but we came home a bit shell shocked-and I don’t use that term lightly.
Within a month we celebrated Thanksgiving with everyone home, including visitors from Israel and my father-in-law that my husband flew to Texas to get, so he could celebrate with us.
No sooner did he get home then he fell down and broke his hip.
Yep! Ups and Downs. Still not sure what is going on with him but this calls for a drink!
As you may know tequila and mezcal are Manservant’s favorite things to play with.
Best Coconut Margarita Recipe?
After reading about the Christmas Margarita I decided I wanted a drink with more of a tropical twist.
Afer all, I am not spending my vacation in the tropics.
And as much as I love a traditional margarita, I wanted one with flair.
Using cranberry juice would have made this a creamy pink coconut margarita, but I wanted something more frosty, so to speak.
I also didn’t want a remake of a pina colada, so no pineapple juice in this Alpine Frost Margarita.
This is a classic margarita, but perhaps on steroids.
With blanco tequila, orange liqueur or triple sec, and fresh lime juice, this is a classic cocktail, except with tropical flavors.
I’m here to tell you though that this creamy coconut lime margarita is way more than a delicious cocktail.
How does this Coconut Tequila Cocktails Recipe Taste?
Not heavy on the coconut and not overly sweet or too rich, this coconut tequila cocktail is made for sipping.
With the nuance of cinnamon and the slight floral notes of pear juice, this is a winter cocktail that reminds you of the tropics, but makes you feel like you’re at a ski resort!
Perhaps that’s why Manservant named this the Alpine Frost!
This isn’t a drink you will find at your favorite watering hole!
With very balanced flavors and a few simple additions, Manservant made one of the best cocktail recipes I know of.
Yes, it takes some advanced planning. Not just any simple syrup or agave syrup in this perfect cocktail.
This tropical margarita requires cinnamon syrup which must be made ahead.
(And as a side note, this stuff rocks! I can’t wait to try it on fruit salad!)
And instead of coconut milk, we used coconut cream.
And forget the cranberry juice or orange juice or pineappple juice, we used pear juice which kept this drink looking frosty and helped add floral notes to this perfect sip.
What orange liquor should I choose for the best coconut tequila cocktails?
Triple Sec is pretty standard in a margarita, but if you actually taste it an artificial taste comes through. It is basically one note.
Cointreau and triple sec are basically the same thing except cointreau has no artificial ingredients. It is perfect for cocktails.
Grand Marnier is cognac based and therefore the cognac comes through
I added Curacao instead of triple sec, which really elevated the tropical island flavor without putting this coconut cocktail recipe too far into the island hemisphere.
However there was one more unique twist that Manservant added and that was a pinch of star anise.
I use it quite often in Asian recipes but it also works beautifully in cocktails.
Star anise helped build the flavor in this unique margarita and one sip of Manservant’s Alpine Frost had me singing like a partridge in a pear tree!
This fruity cocktail with its own distinctive flavor isn’t too sweet.
It’s just right!
Since it’s the holidays I wanted sparkles on the rim of the glass.
Just by sliding a lime wedge around this beautiful cocktail glass and then dipping it into sparkly gold star sugar that I stole from my cookie decorating supplies, gave this sipper the holiday look I was aiming for.
I could have made a toasted coconut rim, but I love the shining look of glitzy sugar!
What kind of tequila is best in coconut tequila cocktails?
There are so many choices when it comes to tequila, which is why I let Manservant decide.
If it was up to me, I’d say go with the prettiest bottle!
He chose to use Lalo Blanco tequila.
What’s Blanco Tequila?
Blanco Tequila is young tequila that has been aged less than two months.
Are Blanco and Silver tequila the same?
Blanco is also known as silver tequila and is the purest form of tequila, perfect for allowing the sweet flavor of the agave to come through.
Anejo and reposado tequilas are aged in oak barrels with reposado being aged up to 1 year and anejo up to 2 years.
Is Blanco Tequila Good For Margaritas?
Because the pure flavor of the agave comes through first, blanco tequila is perfect for your classic tequila cocktails.
Which white blanco tequila to use in this perfect drink?
Well, Manservant chose Lalo tequila.
He has many to choose from but Lalo has a crisp, pure taste with overtones of dulce de leche and cinnamon along with citrus and tropical fruit notes.
Perfect for a cocktail with coconut flavors and cinnamon syrup.
I love their beautiful bottle, so I thought he made a great choice!
And no, they didn’t sponsor this post, but they should have!
How to use coconut cream in coconut tequila cocktails:
Tips on using coconut cream:
Coconut cream is thick which is what makes this cocktail creamy.
I buy Coco Lopez because that is what the grocery store sells.
Coco Lopez has artificial ingredients and added sugar, so it is not what I prefer.
Shake the can before opening because the fat often rises to the top.
You will also need to whisk this well, because it does contain lumps.
An immersion blender would work also.
The difference between coconut milk and coconut cream?
Coconut cream has more fat which adds more body to your drink.
Can’t find coconut cream? Make Your Own!
It is easy to make your own coconut cream. Just pour coconut milk into a large measuring cup and place it in the refrigerator for a few hours. The cream will rise to the top!
Ingredients for Coconut Tequila Cocktails:
Pear juce from bottled juice
Grand Marnier, Cucacao or Triple Sec or Cointreau
Fresh Lime Juice
Pinch of Star Anise
How To Make Coconut Tequila Cocktails
Begin by making cinnamon syrup. Let cool.
If you want a sparkly rim, pour sugar onto a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the edge of your chosen glass.(I pefer more of a martini glass, rather than a rocks glass.)
Run the edge of the glass through the sugar or just turn it upside down so the sugar coats the rim.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with a lot of ice.
Shake about 30 times and then strain into your sparkly glass. Pour carefully so you don’t destroy your perfect rim.
There are many cocktail recipes for margarita variations.
Most likely, I would like them all! However this creamy coconut margarita suited me just fine.
More than fine. This balanced cocktail with a touch of sweetness and spice was just what I needed to make everything nice.
(Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)
Wishes For The New Year.
Here’s hoping to a new year that is more UPS than DOWNS.
Here’s hoping to many more delightful margaritas, perhaps where there is sand under my feet.
Here’s hoping that the world realizes this is the only world we have and we best take care of it.
Here’s hoping that opportunities are plenty and not few, and that we know when to grab them. And that they come very soon.
Here’s hoping we lift each other up more and that our falls are few.
And if we fall we have someone to catch us.
Here’s hoping that this new year we can actually apply what history is supposed to have taught us, in order to make the world a better place.
Happy New Year!
Some Of My Other Favorite Cocktails
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Make this creamy coconut tequila cocktails recipe, the Alpine Frost, that has a bit of a twist than your usual Margarita. This festive cocktail is worth celebrating!
2 oz Blanco Tequila
1 oz coconut cream
1 oz bottled pear juice
.5 oz Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, Curacao, or Cointreau
.5 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
.25 oz cinnamon syrup (1 c water, 3/4 c sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks)
Pinch of ground Star Anise
Place water and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks.
Add the sugar to the pot and bring to a boil again. Simmer for two minutes to dissolve the sugar.
Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool. Syrup can be poured into a sealable bottle and stored in the refrigerator for 3 weeks.
Alpine Frost Margarita:
Prepare your cocktail glass by running a wedge of lime around the outer rim of the glass. Pour sugar or coconut onto a small plate and turn the glass upside down to sugar it. Set the glass aside.
In a cocktail shaker filled with a lot of ice, place all ingredients for the margarita. Shake 30 times until the shaker is so cold it hurts to touch it. Strain cocktail into your prepared glass and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
For preferred ingredients see post above.
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