I've been hearing about the benefits of coconut water for a while now. Everything from profound claims of extreme re-hydration to making your entire insides a perfect, moving machine, one might think this was the untarnished solution to all of life's problems. Every one's problems be damned. All I care about is one thing:
Apparently, coconut H20 is really fucking awesome for a righteous hangover.
We all get the Hangover Blues. It's an essential part to drinking, and one must truly understand and acknowledge the ying and yang of this exchange to overcome this obstacle. I'm at a point where anything can give me a headache or an upset stomach, so once I throw booze into the mix, it's game over. But I understand this. I accept this. I take full care and extra precaution in avoiding the shitty yang to my happy time ying. And so enters coconut water.
I've tried it. I hate it.
Yes, there is a semi-distinct flavor of coconut, which, by all means, should equal deliciousness. Unsure if it's the fact that it's composed of water, too, that dilutes the taste or that I've never really had true and blue coconut before. It's such a shock to my delicate pallet. I'm confused, embarrassed and mentally beaten. Is this what every one's been raving about? Could this actually be the almighty Water de Coconut?
One of the worst attributes of coconut water is that it's absolutely the weirdest and grossest color I could ever imagine a drink to be. For the love of God, for all things holy...the damn thing is milky. Never shall a drink be called "milky." Never shall that adjective be brought up in any conversation ever, now that I think about it.
If you can get over that, though, you've won. You win the coco-contest. You rule!
All cons aside, let's focus on the pros. Does it actually hydrate more than, say, Gatorade or actual water? Does it beat all competition in the impossible hangover category? It's hard to say, or to really judge, because I don't want to be a grump. My gut reaction is to answer "HELL NO IT DOESN'T WORK," because, well...hell no it doesn't work.
But let's not be unfair. The hangover is a tricky beast, and we all pretty much know there ain't no solution, so yeah...there's that. Buuuuut I still want to whine:
Because this is coconut water! The savior of us all! Am I doing it wrong? I'm probably doing it wrong. Maybe I should have drank two? Three? Poured in a little bit of vodka, V8 and topped off with a stick of celery? Would that have helped?
Well, fuck it. I'm led to believe that it does something, by God, so I'm going to drink it. Even if it does taste like dirty water and looks like jizz.
To my surprise, a trip to 7-11 has confirmed my belief in that all good things good come to those good and those who whine. Is that the phrase?
This couldn't be more right for me. Coco Café brings us a "cafe latte coconut water espresso." All the superstitious notions of otherworldy and powerful benefits of coconut water combined with coffee! The magic juice that doesn't taste like poop!
More importantly, it ain't milky. In fact, it's the color of a chocolate milkshake. Hell, it tastes like a chocolate milkshake with a hint of coffee. And I like coffee, so, yeah. This is good.
I like coconut water now!