Coco Verde

Written by Shelby Moore Category: Drink Issue: December 2017
Group Free

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.

Casa Añejo
5600 N. Seventh St., Phoenix