This drink recipe came in an email from WAITIKI:
WAI NIU (pronounced Vai Nee-uu)
3/4 oz. lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1 1/2 oz. coconut water (go Brazilian if you know whatup)
1 1/2 oz. coconut rum
Shake with ice (rocks, not crushed). Serve in a lowball glass.
(I had to ping Mr. Ho for the mixing and serving directions.. they had mysteriously been left off of the email)
Anyway, it's quite good. The coconut water I used was actually a Thai coconut water that still had little chunks of coconut in it. I strained those out before adding to the shaker. I'm sure it would be fine with them in as well. It's waaaaaaay sweet but the fresh lime cuts through very nicely. The coconut water was mostly sweet and much lighter on coconut flavor than I expected I may have to hit some of the other local markets and see what other brands and varieties I can find. I think "wai niu" means "coconut milk" but my Hawaiian is still really lacking.
I plan to experiment with a few variations using Sailor Jerry's spiced rum and/or falernum. These would take away from the purity of the drink but add some spice. They might also prove to be a little overpowering. We'll see.
So go out and try this one if you want. Also get yourself a copy of Waitiki's Rendezvous in Okonkuluku to relax to as you enjoy your Wai Niu.