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Young coconuts  are the big seeds of coconut palms. They are full of watery, mild juice with a natural touch of sweetness. We use this coconut water to make large coconut ice cubes which keep the Guara Wara cocktail as cold as we need to enjoy it …!

Demerara is a historical region in the Guianas on the north coast of South America which is now part of the country of Guyana. It was a Dutch colony until 1815 and a county of British Guiana from 1838 to 1958, located at the lower shores of the Demerara River. The story of Demerara Distillers started in 1670 when every sugar estate had its own rum still, and a group of sugar cane producers formed an exporting co-operative. This early production of rum for sailors was the beginning of the company today. El Dorado Spiced Rum is one of Demerara Distillers’ products. This exotic spirit carries the style, quality and provenance you would expect from the El Dorado brand. Its unique blend of aged Demerara rums and natural spices (cinnamon and vanilla with hints of citrus) delivers a genuine Caribbean flavour with a smooth taste and rich aroma.
I made the Guara Wara cocktail for the first time in one of my attempts to explore the mixing capabilities of the El Dorado spiced rum. I came up with a very simple recipe which included only three ingredients: spiced rum, passion fruit syrup and some fresh lime juice. It was pretty delicious, but nothing innovative, huh? But it wasn’t until I added a large piece of frozen coconut water that the drink became so interestingly fuzzy. I used Dr. Antonio Martins coconut water which is pure juice from young green coconuts. This coconut water is really precious, delicious and healthy. Furthermore the coconut water freezes very easily and the ice that you get lasts surprisingly too much. I must confess that the Guara Wara cocktail is an amazingly genius cocktail, because every sip is different from the previous one, since the coconut ice dilutes more, while the rest of the drink is being reduced. Read the recipe below, make one (or two) for yourself and tell me your opinion about this.

 Guara Wara

  • 60 ml El Dorado Spiced Rum
  • 20 ml lime
  • 20 ml passion fruit syrup
  • one large coconut water ice-cube

Pour all the liquids into a mixing glass, apart from the 5 cm coconut water ice-cube. Shake all ingredients with -normal- ice and strain into a double old-fashioned glass with a large ice-cube made of the coconut water. Garnish with a leaf of spearmint. Enjoy your drink. Take a sip – it’s mellow and so wonderfully refreshing. A natural touch of sweetness, very mild and with a hint of coconut …

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