Behind the Bar: Prairie Rose’s Brighton Beachcomber

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This week’s cocktail comes to us from Prairie Rose, cocktail blogger from the popular Bit By a Fox blog which recently won Saveur Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Best Cocktail Blog 2014. Her cocktail, the Brighton Beachcomber, has a couple of my favorite flavors in it:  ginger and lime, but it also has coconut water and tequila! To me it sounds a little bit like a distant relative of a margarita. I found it to be very tasty and I love the pale green color. While I’m being a bit superficial, I must say that an added bonus of this cocktail is the beautiful Canton bottle. Just seeing it on my cocktail cart makes the drink worth it! Give it a try and let us know your thoughts! –Kristina

About Prairie Rose: Prairie Rose is a New York City-based booze blogger, events producer, cocktail creator and gal about town-er. She has received formal training in wines and spirits through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, as well as informal training in her “cocktail lab” (aka, her tiny kitchen) and on the floors of New York’s most popular venues. She is an avid user of Instagram.

See how to make the Brighton Beachcomber after the jump!

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Brighton Beachcomber

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 2 ounces coconut water
  • 1 ounce ginger liqueur (Canton works well)
  • 1/2-1 ounce lime juice (to taste)
  • 4 thin slices cucumber (1 slice for garnish)

Make the cocktail:

Muddle three slices of cucumber at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the tequila, coconut water, ginger liqueur, lime and ice.  Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe/cocktail glass. Garnish with a floating cucumber.

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Why Prairie loves this cocktail: I have a lot of friends who hate the taste of coconut water on its own. But I’ve helped to turn many a hater into a lover by sneakily adding it into cocktails! I’ve found it to be similar to how clarified milk can be used in a drink. It tends to be a pretty great mixer because it adds just a little nuttiness and slight sweetness and helps to smooth out the edges a little in a cocktail – especially with bright ingredients like citrus and ginger.  The lime and tequila evoke a summer margarita and the ginger gives it a kick. And in the heat of the summer, I want all of my cocktails to have cucumber in them!

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  1. Prairie Rose says:

    I’m so BEYOND thrilled to have a Bit by a Fox cocktail featured here! And this is one of my all time favorite summer drinks! Here’s to the weekend. Cheers!

  2. amanda says:

    uhhhhh, pinned and possibly making this baby this weekend. i have a really nice bottle of tequila on my shelf and haven’t cracked the seal. perfect initiation drink!

  3. leonie says:

    We are HUGE fans of tequila and don’t mind drinking coconut water by itself, but putting them together? genius!

    We didn’t have any blanco, so we used a reposado tequila and I live on a tiny island and couldn’t buy any ginger liqueur so I googled around and found a recipe for a DIY version.

    It was a big hit with both me and the mister. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon inside playing boardgames whilst it rained outside.

  4. Kristina says:

    Leonie that’s such a nice story! I am glad you were able to use this as a guideline and still make something you enjoyed and I hope you will find other uses for the homemade ginger liqueur. Great for So many drinks, alcoholic and non!

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