Spicy-Cool: Coconut Water with Chili
Do you like spicy flavors in hot weather? I recently tried this Real Coconut Water with Thai Chili Extract and it was surprisingly refreshing. I'm thinking a chile-spiked coconut water could even be used in cooking, too.
It might seem counterintuitive, but spicy food and drink can actually cool the body by increasing blood circulation and perspiration. I discovered just how invigorating a chile-infused water can be last year when I tried jalapeño ice water.
This new beverage from Taste Nirvana incorporates bird's eye chile, which is the among the hottest in the world. It's nicely balanced, though, so the spice is pleasant, not overwhelming, and compliments the slightly sweet coconut water. (I haven't DIY'd this yet, but I plan to give it a try using both fresh and dried chiles.)
Besides drinking it straight up, I can imagine spicy coconut water being used in cocktails (maybe one with ginger and cilantro?), in Thai-inspired soups, to cook rice, and to poach fish. Check out this post for more coconut water cooking ideas.
→ Look for Coconut Water with Thai Chili Extract from Taste Nirvana at Whole Foods, Safeway, Draegers, and other large retailers.
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