Whenever I arrive to Cartagena, Colombia, after the hot, sticky cab ride from the airport, all I can think about is that I need something cold and refreshing to drink. In many cases a limonada de coco (coconut lemonade) is waiting for me at check in at whatever hotel I’m checking into. It’s the unofficial welcome drink of Cartagena. The drink, which is basically coconut limeade, is so ridiculously refreshing and simple it’s a wonder no one ever serves it on hot days back in the states. It’s like key lime pie in a glass. There’s even alcoholic versions (just add rum).
Recipe: Limonada de Coco
-1 cup cream of coconut
-2.5 cups ice
-the juice of 3 limes
-2 tablespoons of sugar
*for an alcoholic version add an ounce of white rum per glass
1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
2. Serve immediately.
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