I was working with my video editor editing, when we stopped a moment to take a break. At that point, someone nearby asked if we liked the taste of coconut. If I had been at home alone, this probably wouldn't have happened. Yes, I said, I do like coconut. [Not as much as chocolate, but that wasn't the question.] My editor said he liked coconut, too.
As evidence of my newfound proclivity for all things coconutty, I should mention a recent vending machine purchase of a Mounds bar in lieu of a Snickers or Twix as proof that my enjoyment of coconut has been on the rise. I even found myself counting out my nickels and dimes, singing "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't. Almond Joy's got nuts. Mounds don't." So imagine my surprise when she produced not a coconut candy bar, a coconut macaroon, a piece of coconut cake, or even a coconut shrimp appetizer, but a can of LaCroix infused with natural coconut flavor. I certainly wasn't expecting a beverage.
And she offered one to each of us.
I'll put it in the refrigerator so it'll be cold by lunchtime, I said. Try putting some coconut flavored rum in it, she suggested, slyly. Suddenly, I flashed back to my experience with coquitos, the tasty Puerto Rican Christmas beverage that starts with egg yolks, coconut milk, and coconut cream, and gets its high octane from rum. I remember wondering why this flavored egg nog was being served in such a tiny glass. Too late, of course.
So the coconut rum sounded tasty, but, despite my coquito experience, I don't drink sufficient amounts of rum [or alcohol in general] to justify the expense. Spending money on an entire bottle of coconut flavored rum just for the thrill of adding a single cap to a glass of LaCroix didn't seem worth the cost. Unless someone else was buying. I can improvise with rum and coconut extracts. And not add any calories. A win-win.
I can't wait to let you know how the experiment went.