Light and low: The Coconut Tree lines up low-abv, low-sugar cocktails

Lucy Britner

Lucy Britner

24 September 2019

Sri Lankan street food group The Coconut Tree is looking to tap into the latest drinks trends with the launch of low-alcohol, low-sugar and sharing cocktails. At the same time, the group has also amped up its range of sweet and fiery ‘cocotails’.

The new menu went live last week on 19 September across the group’s five branches in the south-west of England.

Flavours lean towards those of Sri Lanka, with ingredients including turmeric, Ceylon tea and Ceylon Arrack. The menu was developed by operations director Rodrigo Rashinthe in collaboration with the Diageo Reserve brand team (so expect to see the likes of Don Julio, Bulleit Bourbon and Ciroc Vanilla), Mahiki’s Nazareth Rodríguez and The Coconut Tree’s Tom Bailey.

On the low-alcohol and low-sugar front, Lovers in Trinco is said to be ‘inspired by the shallow aqua waters of Sri Lanka’s East Trinco Bay which turn pink at dusk as the sun sets’. The cocktail contains 30% abv Ketel One Cucumber & Mint, with lemongrass and ginger cordial. The drink turns from blue to pink with the addition of lime juice.

Seedlip also gets a look-in, in the form of the Innocent Sour – a blend of Seedlip Garden 108, lemon, sugar and grapefruit tonic.

For a more sizeable (and boozy) sip, Wild Bling Ting is a £55 sharer comprising Ceylon Arrack, Mahiki Coconut Rum, lemon and guava juice, topped up with Scavi & Ray Prosecco.

‘We’ve made an effort to include options for every preference, to make it even easier for people to find something they enjoy,’ said brand director Anna Garrod.

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