Manhattanhenge Cocktail


Manhattanhenge, a coconut water-based cocktail with mint and ginger was inspired by an ABC Kitchen libation. The name however, was inspired by a natural Manhattan event. Manhattanhengecoined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, occurs twice each year when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the Manhattan east-west street grid. The result is a stunning glow reflecting off the north and south sides of each cross street. The next Manhattanhenge falls on May 29th and then again on July 12th. This event is a photographer’s dream and an exquisite natural phenomenon. Surely it deserves a cocktail in its honor. I’ll drink to that.

Light and refreshing, this is a classic sipper. If there is such a thing as a healthy cocktail, the Manhattanhenge is it. The drink provides electrolytes from coconut water as well as antioxidants, gastrointestinal calming and anti-inflammatory properties from the ginger. The gin? Well, smiles are always good for one’s health.

Manhattanhenge (Reuters)



  • 1.5 – 2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 2 teaspoons ginger juice
  • Fresh mint for muddling and garnish
  1. Place several mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and add a small amount of the coconut water.
  2. Lightly muddle the leaves.
  3. Add a handful of ice, gin and ginger juice to the shaker.
  4. Shake for several minutes until the outside of the shaker is frosty.
  5. Pour into a 6 ounce martini glass (or Old Fashioned glass) and garnish with a mint leave.
  6. Toast to Manhattanhenge!


  • To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger, then press the pulp to release the juice. Better yet, if you have a juicer, try Ginger Juice Cubes. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Pre-chill the glass in the freezer for best results.
  • I’m a Hendrick’s gal. I imagine another high quality gin would work. You’ll have to tell me about it.
  • If you don’t have a muddler, roll up the mint leaves, twist them up tightly to release the oils, then place in the shaker.
  • Make sure you like your coconut water on its own. I use Zico. The taste of different brands varies quite a bit.
  • Health Effects of Ginger

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