Rum Journal: Rincon, Puerto Rico’s Most Famous Cocktail

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Above: a Coco Pirata in Rincon (All photos by CJ)

RINCON — Like most famous cocktails, it has a story, a history. It also has more than one name.

Served inside a coconut, it’s the signature drink at Rincón, Puerto Rico’s Villa Cofresi hotel, which has been on the beach in Rincon for more than a half-century.

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The drink is called any number of things: El Pirata, Pirata Especial, Pirate Special, the Coco Pirata. But whatever you call it, know this: it’s fantastic.

The ingredients are rather simple: four kinds of rum, evaporated milk, fresh coconut water and a dusting of cinnamon.

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One order means more than can fill an ordinary coconut, so you get a coconut’s worth and a plastic cup, too, both of which will disappear before you remember the name of what it was you ordered.

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Because when you’re here, above the sand in Rincon, drinking rum out of a coconut, do names really matter?

— CJ

 

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