It may be summer time, and a perfect time for a creamy, icy cold Daiquiri, but this recipe was really inspired by a discussion of Game of Thrones and how Jon Snow was constantly reminding everyone in the world of Ice and Fire that "Winter Is Coming!"

Poor guy was totally obsessed and then got killed by some Night's Watchmen and not even a White Walker. Bummer, he was (is) one of my favorite characters!  But, like nearly every conversation I get involved in during cocktail hour, somehow there's always someone who suggests I should "make a cocktail for that!" So I did.

The demise of Jon Snow was sad and shocking (and obviously not really gonna happen), but it didn't stop any of us from enjoying this lovely coconut beverage while summer is still in full bloom here in Arizona and no White Walkers are lurking behind the Saguaros. Lizards, bunnies, quail, a few friendly snakes and cocktail leeches, yes. White Walkers, no, they can't take the summers here.
The recipe is a simple tropical riff on a classic Daiquiri, blended to a lovely mound of coconut cocktail joy. I've even provided a virgin, slightly lower caloric version for non-imbibers who prefer their cooling coconut in a mocktail, though it's not as luxurious as the boozy beverage.
And, now that Winter Has Come to the lands of Ice and Fire we're all going to need a few drinks ...
Winter Has Come

1-1/2 Oz. Diplomático Reserva Rum
4 Oz. Cream of Coconut, I prefer Coco Lopez
(Do NOT use coconut milk!)
1-1/4 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Cup Ice 

GARNISH: Toasted, flaked, fresh coconut and/or Lightly crushed pearl cake decorations for rimming plus some chocolate covered coconut flakes to represent the Dragonglass (aka obsidian aka the only thing that can kill a White Walker.)

TOOLS: Jigger, Juicer, Blender, Coupe glass 

Rim your glass on the outside edge with some cream of coconut, then dip in the toasted coconut flakes or the crushed cake pearls then chill your glasses in the freezer.
Place the rum, cream of coconut, lime juice and ice in the blender and pulse until smooth and creamy.
Pour into your chilled glass, add the Dragonglass aka chocolate coconut flakes and serve.
3 Oz. Coconut Milk
1 Tbsp. Cream of Coconut
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1-1/4 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Flaked Fresh Coconut, Toasted
Proceed as you would with the alcoholic version.
And remember ....

Updated 7-2018
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