Hayley Wilson, Portland Hunt + Alpine Club | Portland, ME

In what began as spin on a frozen Daiquiri, Hayley Wilson swaps traditional rum for a locally made coconut gin, bolstered by a rich coconut syrup and a splash of Aperol. “Aperol and coconut together taste like suntan lotion in the best possible way,” says Wilson, who serves the drink on pebbled ice with a float of Angostura bitters, which, aptly, take on the color of sunburn.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces coconut gin, preferably Bimini
  • 1 ounce coconut syrup (see Editor’s Note)
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish: lime wheel, umbrella

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin, except bitters, and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass over pebble ice.
  3. Top with more pebble ice and Angostura bitters.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel and umbrella.
Editor's Note

Coconut Syrup:
500 grams sugar
250 grams water
125 grams coconut oil

Make a 2:1 simple syrup by combining the sugar and hot water into a vessel and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add coconut oil to the mixture while it is still hot and stir to incorporate. Leave the mixture out at room temperature for 4 hours, stirring occasionally and then freeze it for at least 4 hours or overnight. The coconut oil will freeze as a cap on top of the liquid, gently remove it and then strain the liquid into a new container. Store covered in the refrigerator.

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