Greena Colada

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Cocktail History

The Greena Colada is a modern rum tiki drink we created as a riff on the classic Piña Colada after picking up a copy of Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, & the Cult of Tiki by Martin Cate and digging into the art of tiki. While clearly not a green drink, its name is derived from the healthy dose of Green Chartreuse added to the mix, which gives it a unique herbal and anise twist that complements the rum, pineapple, citrus, and coconut flavors.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

White Rum: This is one of the base spirits. We used BACARDÍ Superior White Rum for its soft and sweet taste that pairs well with fruity ingredients without overpowering them.

Pineapple Rum: This is another base spirit. We chose Plantation Stiggin’s Fancy Pineapple Rum because it has a rich rum taste with notes of pineapple, tropical fruits, citrus, and cloves.

Dark Jamaican Rum: This is the third base spirit. It balances out the uniqueness of the other rums. We used Wray & Nephew Gold Jamaican because it’s full flavored while still being lighter than other rums and lends exotic spice flavors to the finish of the drink.

Triple Sec: This adds sweet citrus flavors. We used Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer use fresh lime juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Lemon Juice: This adds sweet citrus flavors for balance. Like lime juice, we prefer to use fresh lemon juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Green Chartreuse: This liqueur adds its unique sweet, spicy, and smooth flavor and distinctly herbal finish with notes of mint, sage, gentian, apple, and vanilla.

Velvet Falernum Liqueur: This is a low-proof liqueur. It adds Caribbean flair with an infusion of botanicals along with lime, almond, and cloves.

Crème of Coconut: This is a thick cream made from coconut milk. It adds coconut flavor and texture.

Mint: This is one of the garnishes. It adds fragrant mint aroma.

Lime Wheel: This is the garnish. It adds lime aroma and taste when expressed over top.

Tasting Notes

The Greena Colada is preceded by the cool smell of mint before the first taste blasts you with the mixture of rums, a hint of pineapple, and spice of the falernum, which lingers refreshingly with the citrus. It finishes with the very unique pairing of coconut and anise that will leave you wanting another sip even if it’s just to contemplate the flavors more.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Consider this your warning: This drink is incredibly delicious but not to be trifled with. We had a couple the first time we tried it and enjoyed them so much that, in the state we were in, you could’ve convinced us we were actually on a desert island in the sun.

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I came up with this drink while neck-deep in Smuggler’s Cove, reading about all of the crazy tiki concoctions that the bartenders of old would come up with. This was basically the culmination of my wanting to introduce Green Chartreuse into a tiki drink and, from there, throwing some things together until it worked, which is more or less the basis of most tiki cocktails. Though this one admittedly has the “a little of this, a little of that” problem that a lot of tiki drinks do, it works so damn well that it can’t be ignored. And when coming up with the name, I literally said it out loud as a joke, but Kendall thought it was just tongue-in-cheek enough to work so it stuck.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Take it from me: skip the original Piña Colada and go straight to making this Chartreuse-laced version because it is so much better than the original! Be careful not to have more than two tops though. I’ll be honest, the first time I tasted this cocktail I loved it so much that I had a couple more and don’t remember much about the rest of the night. It is dangerously delicious.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz White Rum
 1 oz Pineapple Rum
 ½ oz Dark Jamaican Rum
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Green Chartreuse
 ¼ oz Velvet Falernum Liqueur
 ½ oz Crème of Coconut
 1 Mint Sprig
 1 Lime Wheel

Method
1

Add white rum, pineapple rum, overproof rum, triple sec, lime juice, lemon juice, Green Chartreuse, velvet falernum liqueur, crème of coconut, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball or tiki glass over fresh crushed ice.

4

Garnish with mint sprig and lime wheel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz White Rum
 1 oz Pineapple Rum
 ½ oz Dark Jamaican Rum
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Green Chartreuse
 ¼ oz Velvet Falernum Liqueur
 ½ oz Crème of Coconut
 1 Mint Sprig
 1 Lime Wheel

Directions

Method
1

Add white rum, pineapple rum, overproof rum, triple sec, lime juice, lemon juice, Green Chartreuse, velvet falernum liqueur, crème of coconut, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball or tiki glass over fresh crushed ice.

4

Garnish with mint sprig and lime wheel.

Greena Colada

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More Tiki Cocktails

If you like this tiki cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Privateer: A tequila cocktail made with passion fruit syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, smoke and salt bitters, rosemary, and Tajín

Ginger Inferno: A rum cocktail made with ginger liqueur, velvet falernum liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, a lime slice, and candied ginger

Brancolada: A rum cocktail made with fernet-branca menta liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut cream, mint, and an orange wedge

Iron Ranger: A whiskey cocktail made with pineapple juice, lemon juice, velvet falernum liqueur, cinnamon syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters, mint, and a cinnamon stick

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