Coco Verde

Written by Shelby Moore Category: Drink Issue: December 2017
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We’re loco for Casa Añejo’s sophisticated riff on the piña colada.

photo by Rob Ballard
photo by Rob Ballard

If drinking piña coladas and getting caught in the rain has become a bit too “been there, done that” for your liking – well, you’re in luck. There are very few cocktails more overdue for a facelift than this boozy cliché of the fun-in-the-sun set.

One of our favorite new-look coladas: this herbaceous sipper from Phoenix cantina Casa Añejo. The makeover includes a shot of high-octane green Chartreuse, a 300-year-old aperitif made by French monks, which gives the cocktail’s cloying combination of pineapple and coconut some much-needed herbal complexity. Meanwhile, the rum is swapped out for blanco tequila, which stands up better to the Chartreuse.

In a shaking tin, combine 11/2 oz. green Chartreuse with 1/2 oz. Patron Silver, 3/4 oz. lime juice, 11/2 oz. pineapple juice, and 1 oz. coconut cream. Shake with crushed ice and pour into a Poco Grande glass. Garnish with a single pineapple leaf and pray for a rainstorm.

$13
Casa Añejo
5600 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
480-588-2908, casaanejo.com

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