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