Green Isaac

  • Base Spirit Gin
  • Preparation Shaken
  • Flavor Refreshing / Citrusy
  • Served On the Rocks

The Green Isaac is named after an island in the Bahamas, but the drink came to fame via Ernest Hemingway. Legend has it that Hemingway would sit besides a pile of fresh coconuts on his boat, Pilar and make dozens of these drinks.

The cocktail was formally honored in Islands in the Stream. Papa wrote, “Where Thomas Hudson lay on the mattress his head was in the shade cast by the platform at the forward end of the flying bridge where the controls were and when Eddy came aft with the tall cold drink made of gin, lime juice, green coconut water, and chipped ice with just enough Angostura bitters to give it a rusty, rose color, he held the drink in the shadow so the ice would not melt while he looked out over the sea.”

The drink enjoyed a resurgence in recent years due to the writings of cocktail historian Phillip Greene and his book, To Have and Have Another.

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Green Isaac
  1. If you are using a coconut (you should,) crack that baby open and drain out the juice.
  2. Combine the gin, coconut water, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice.
  3. Shake.
  4. Strain into your coconut (or Collins glass if you must).
  5. Add chipped ice.
  6. Add bitters and garnish with lime.

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