When you have Facebook remind you today is your friend's birthday (though you really thought it was the next day), you quickly pull it together and say let's celebrate with cocktails! Of course I had an awesome drink in mind, and was all ready to quickly head to the store to buy a special bottle of gin when my daughter decided to take a marathon nap! No biggie, what do we have in the house? Vodka? Check! Coconut water? Check! Peach cranberry juice? Sure, why not. A random leftover vanilla bean? That will make it special, right?!
So the birthday girl and another friend come over with the kiddos, and with baby dolls, strollers, and shopping carts buzzing around the room, I decide to test out this new experimental cocktail, the Coconut Peach Frost, on them (they were more than happy to be my guinea pigs!).
Coconut Peach Frost
1.5 oz vodka
1.5 oz coconut water
1.5 oz peach cranberry juice
0.5 oz of vanilla bean infused simple syrup
For the simple syrup (a totally optional ingredient), mix equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add in a whole vanilla bean that you've split lengthwise to release the goodness inside and turn off heat. Once it's cooled some, place into a squirt bottle or container to cool and store in your fridge.
To make the cocktail, place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, and shake until it's so cold you can stand it anymore. Pour into a martini glass rimmed with sugar, have a happy birthday toast, and pretend like you can't hear the kids screaming about who gets to play with the baby doll next!