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Plain water bores me to tears, but coconut water is another story. Refreshing and rich in potassium, it’s kind of like nature’s Gatorade. Come to think of it, why don’t they put coconut-shaped wells in treadmills? Is there such a thing as a coconut holder for cars? Will have to investigate…

You’ve probably noticed cans of coconut water around the grocery store lately, because this simple tropical drink is having a bit of a “moment” over on this side of the equator. But ignore the cans – the best way to drink it is right out of the coconut!

Some stores, like Whole Foods, sell coconuts that have already been cracked open and conveniently outfitted with a straw. If you can’t find one like that, you can still enjoy coconut water au naturel.

It just takes a little DIY know-how, but I’m going to lead you through it. Soon you’ll be serving beverages in coconuts instead of glasses! Your kids will be over the moon.

The water lives in the center of the coconut, so your objective is to crack open the tough outer shell and penetrate the meat without spilling. And…go!

Just kidding, here’s what to do:

What you need:

  • A sharp chef’s knife
  • Cutting board
  • Straw
  • Coconut

 

What to do:

  1. Insert a knife into the stem of the coconut at a shallow angle
  2. Move the blade around in a circle, cutting out a 3″ diameter circle
  3. Make one last cut through the meat at the center of the cutout circle, just big enough for a straw to fit through.
  4. Insert straw and enjoy!

 

While you’re drinking, imagine you’re on vacation in the Caribbean – who knows, if you wish reallllly hard, maybe it will come true. Let’s see, where did I put my ruby red slippers…

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