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One Great: A lighter riff on the pina colada

If you love pina coladas, but not their high fat and calories, try the Caribeno, a lighter version with coconut water.
If you love pina coladas, but not their high fat and calories, try the Caribeno, a lighter version with coconut water. Kathleen Purvis

Brace for an earworm: If you like pina coladas, you might not like the high calories and fat involved. A classic version with cream of coconut, rum and pineapple juice can run up 425 calories and 9.4 grams of fat, 8.8 grams of it saturated. Not such a good thing in swimsuit weather.

OK, this may not have the creaminess and the indulgence of the real deal. But I came across a recipe from Garden & Gun recently for a lighter version called a Caribeno. It uses coconut water and light rum to fill a glass with something that’s more thirst-quenching and a bit lighter. It still has 191 calories (any alcohol is going to run up some calories). Garden & Gun credits the recipe to Martin Cate, a bartender and tiki expert in San Francisco.

These days, I’ll settle for one of these and keep watching the skies for a chance to get caught in the rain.

Caribeno

From Garden & Gun.

1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note)

4 ounces unflavored coconut water

2 ounces white rum

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the ingredients. Shake and strain into a collins glass of ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring, until the water is clear. Store in a bottle in the refrigerator.

Yield: 1 serving.

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