By Patrick Gary, Contributor
Summer is approaching, and with it comes a craving for a different, more tropical flavor with your food and beverages. Captain Morgan recently released a new creamy coconut-rum blend to enhance your party atmosphere. It is called LocoNut, and it is easily spotted in its coconut-shaped and decorated bottle.
For those who are interested in this as an alternative to Malibu or some other coconut rum, first note that this is something different. It functions fine as a replacement for Malibu, but it really stands up like Amarula or Bailey’s Irish Cream as a very nice drink on its own merits, especially if chilled. More than just the coconut milk, there are hints of cinnamon, cloves and allspice. It has a thicker texture and a fuller mouthfeel. Malibu is a rum that tastes of coconut. LocoNut is closer to a fermented coconut milk that has been sweetened and lightly spiced.
[Dislosure: Captain Morgan provided a complimentary sample of LocoNut to Swine & Swill. These opinions are the writer’s own.]
That’s not to say that it isn’t good in a cocktail. I found that it is lovely with pineapple or as an ingredient in an adult smoothie with banana and berries. It also was nice in a 50/50 split of vanilla vodka and LocoNut. The coconut flavor is strong, so as you’re thinking of how to use it, simply consider what you would like to eat that uses coconut and work from there.
In fact, it seems that Captain Morgan may be missing their mark, marketing this as a drink for shooting. It is only 40 proof, so there are more efficient ways of getting drunk, if that’s your goal. On the other hand, while it isn’t quite up to the standards of similar premium coconut rums from Puerto Rico, this is superior to many of its competitors. For $14 per bottle, it’s quite a bargain. While this may not live on your top shelf, the bottom line is that, if you like coconut, this is something you will probably enjoy.
If you decide to pick up a bottle, here was one of my favored ways of enjoying. (Ed. Note: Below Patrick’s concoction is a recipe from Captain Morgan. LocoNut (40 proof, 20% ABV) has a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a 750 ml bottle.):
Black Forest Cocktail
2 oz. Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut Coconut Shot
Splash of grenadine
Pour all ingredients in a glass; add ice and stir. Garnish with a cherry.
Loco & Coco
3 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut Coconut Shot
4 oz. Coconut water
Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut with coconut water and serve over ice.