This blend of young Thai coconut infused with sweet and sour golden kumquats is a match made in heaven. It's the PERFECT thirst quenching drink!
A few months ago, my boyfriend and his sister took me to this Vietnamese restaurant in Orange County, CA called Oc and Lau. Oc means snails and other seafoods that have a shell. Lau just means hot pot. They ordered this drink called Dua Tac (which is translated to "fresh coconut and kumquat juice"). Before this, I was never really a big fan of coconut water to be honest. Now I'm just OBSESSED with this drink. The sad thing was that this drink is quite expensive ($20 mother lovin' dollars!). Plus, I was sure that they have diluted the coconut water like no other. I was determined to make this drink whilst saving my wallet. The coconut water is naturally very sweet and the additional of the kumquat makes the drink very citrus-y and slightly tangy. I added a little bit of agave that just rounded up the entire drink.
Yield: 6 cups (1420 mL)
- 3 young (Thai) coconuts (1183 mL)
- Coconut meat, cleaned, cut into thin strips
- 1 cup (237 mL) of filter water
- 8 ripen kumquats, deseeded
- 4 tbsp (59 mL) of agave
- Carefully extract and transfer the coconut juice into a large bowl or tall measuring cup. Unfamiliar with getting the juice out? Refer to this link.
- Place a strainer on top of a serving pitcher and pour the coconut juice through it to ensure that the juice is clear.
- Wash the kumquats and cut them in halves.
- Squeeze all the kumquat juice into a bowl and remove the seeds.
- Place the kumquat skins and juice directly into the serving pitcher (the kumquat skin makes the drink more citrus-y!)
- Add the water and agave (add more if needed).
- Store in the fridge up to 2 days.
- Serve with ice and ENJOY!!!!
I tried cutting the kumquat into smaller pieces, thinking that it would make the drink more citrus-y and indeed it did. The only down side was that it cause a slight bitter taste the next day, so I recommend cutting a few (2-3) vkumquat into smalled pieces and leave the rest in halves.