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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sky Juice Primer, Commentary & Recipe


Wayne plays “Vanna” with the
Sky Juice that failed
our taste test.
Once upon a time, in a land I used to call home, Columbia Gorge Hotel was known for its legendary, multi-course brunch.  In a seemingly falsetto vice, my waitress there offered, as she held a silver pitcher high aloft my pancakes. “Honey from the sky?”

No, I replied.  It just struck me as silly, and too sweet.

However, when “Lonely Planet's” Bahama guidebook mentioned ‘sky juice’ as an intriguing Nassau drink, curiosity prevailed.  All the more so when I saw a bottle of chilled “Mr Do It Nice” for sale, at a time I was hot and thirsty.

What is Bahamian sky juice? Urban Dictionary claims “there is no official recipe,” but at the very least it has coconut water and some sort of alcohol, generally gin.

What did I think?

It tasted nutmeg-y. a bit like a thin eggnog, with a nasty alcoholic taste to it, quite different than a creamy, smooth but brandy-spiked eggnog.  While I can’t judge all sky juice by my one encounter with “Mr Do It Nice,” my one encounter rather sucked.  I was hot, and thirsty, as was Wayne.  We split the 16-bottle, yet neither of us finished it.

If a friend whose tastebuds I trusted told me I just got a bum taste, and either fixed me one or told me where a yummy one could be had, I’d give it another go.  Otherwise, no, even with a coy name like “Mr. Do It Nice.”

Maybe someday, I would consider giving this food.com recipe a go.  I’d skip the cinnamon and probably buy a good coconut water, rather than find and drain 4 coconuts, unless I acquire a machete and the skill to use it, and young cococnuts are readily available.  The recipe....

Chocolati’s Bahamian Sky Juice

Ingredients:

    4 ripe coconuts
    1 cup evaporated milk
    1 cup gin
    3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Directions:
  1. Using a screwdriver (or awl) and a hammer, poke through the eyes of the coconuts, and drain out the liquid through a strainer into a mixing bowl. There should be a total of about 2 cups. Set the shells aside.
  2. Add the evaporated milk, gin, sugar if using, cinnamon and nutmeg to the coconut water. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Refrigerate the mixture until cold, at least 2 hours, or cool mixture down with ice.
  4. To serve, carefully pour the mixture through a funnel into the reserved coconut shells. Insert straws.

Serves 4.