If you’re looking for a refreshing tropical cocktail that’s not too sweet, then you might consider trying this Hemingway-approved Green Isaac’s Special. Named after the Isaac Islands in the Bahamas, Hemingway describes the drink in the novel Islands in the Stream.
Where Thomas Hudson lay on the mattress his head was in the shade cast by the platform at the forward end of the flying bridge where the controls were and when Eddy came aft with the tall cold drink made of gin, lime juice, green coconut water, and chipped ice with just enough Angostura bitters to give it a rusty, rose color, he held the drink in the shadow so the ice would not melt while he looked out over the sea.
Here’s the recipe I used to make my own with startlingly pleasant results:
1 oz Gin
2 oz Coconut Water
A squeeze of lime
A dash of bitters
Ok, I guess Hemingway knew what he was talking about.