Are you a fan of guava?
I love it. But it isn’t a fruit I eat a lot of because I rarely see it fresh here in Georgia. For me, it’s something I equate more with traveling because that’s when I tend to enjoy it the most. But when I saw a carton of guava nectar in the store the other day, I decided to get it and do some cocktail experimenting with it!
Since I haven’t been traveling much, I figured I’d take myself on a little trip through my glass. And because guava always makes me think of my trip to South Africa years ago, I decided to create something tropical that would transport me back to the gorgeous lodge in Kruger Park that I stayed in where I enjoyed my first fresh guava ever.
The result is this Coconut Guavatini! It’s fruity. It’s pretty. It’s tropical. And it’s just what I need to make the heat and humidity here in Hotlanta a little bit more bearable.
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A writer and photographer, Allie Albanese is the founder and curator of Parched Around the World. Here she seeks to tell stories about the intersection of food, drinks, cultures, and traditions in places near and far.
As the Beverage Director and Head Bartender of a high-volume cocktail bar, Allie spent years honing her mixology skills and learning about the fascinating world of drinks. In the time since, she's worked as a wine and cocktail consultant for both private and corporate clients, as well as a freelance journalist writing about cocktails, wine, food, and travel for various publications across the United States and abroad.
When mixing a drink for herself, you’ll likely find Allie with a fresh Gin Gimlet or a spicy Old Fashioned in hand!