If like me you have no holidays booked for the Summer yet (woe is me) then you’re in luck, because Koko Kanu is taking you around the world with their Frequent Flyer’s Club for the whole of July.
Last week I headed to China Town to attend the press launch of the drinking promotion of the Summer. Hosted at Opium, an elegant cocktail & dim sum bar found a few stories above the main China Town strip, my friend and I arrived after work ready to learn more about this exciting rum product which, while it’s been around for many years, doesn’t necessarily have the high profile it deserves. Yet.
Inspired by the 1950’s jet set Jamaica, Koko Kanu is a rum flavoured with coconut, rather than being a coconut rum. It is made using a charcoal filtration method, one far too complicated for my brain to understand but it is impressive, I can assure you. It is made to be a base rum, and Russell, the Koko Kanu brand ambassador gave an impressive masterclass on how to do just that.
Russell demonstrated to us all how to make the Koko Kolada, one of the simplest yet most effective cocktails I think I’ve tried, made with two and a half ingredients and yet guaranteed to impress. With equal 50ml measures of Koko Kanu and Pineapple Juice, shaken with plenty of ice and strained into a glass, the cocktail which should have a velvety smooth froth resting on the top just needs to be finished off with a grating of nutmeg, and voila! The absolute dream; smooth and sweet. If that doesn’t transport you to the beach of your daydreams then you need to check yourself.
Inspired by 1950’s Jamaica, Koko Kanu is inviting travel enthusiasts on a journey to six bar destinations:
- Representing Mexico: El Camion 25-27 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0RR
- Representing The Caribbean: Rum Kitchen Notting Hill, Brixton & Carnaby
- Representing Brazil: Made in Brasil 12 Inverness St, London NW1 7HJ
- Representing China: Opium The Jade Door, 15-16 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE
- Representing Great Britain: Bourne & Hollingsworth 42 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HU
- Representing Polynesia: Trailer Happiness 177 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DY
To unlock a ticket to the “Frequent Flyers Cocktail Club”, you simply need to show off your past holiday snaps at the closest bar stop!
By showing off your past adventures, you’ll be able to redeem a Koko Kanu passport giving you two complimentary serves.
With this in hand, you’ll be all set to travel between bars and imbibe around the world in six globally- inspired cocktail bars. You can collect stamps in your Koko Kanu passport at each stop, and enjoy complimentary drinks with every 3rd stamp.
Once you’ve completed your cocktail journey and collected all six stamps, you can enter a competition to win a beautifully crafted luxury travel luggage set, cocktail masterclass experiences and Koko Kanu cocktail kits.
As the press event was hosted at Opium, I’ve already enjoyed some of the offerings available there, including the Opium Colada, served long and finished with a slice of dried orange and a cherry, and the Koko Daiquiri which Russell personally showed me how to make which had a gorgeous balance of sweet and sour.
The Frequent Flyer’s Club is available for you to join until the end of July. Just head to whichever bar grabs your fancy first with your holiday pic of choice to pick up your passport and start stamp collecting. Remember, the more stamps you collect, the more free drinks you can enjoy, and if you collect them all you could win some exciting and delicious prizes!
In case you missed it, you can see my own collection of Koko Kanu Summer Cocktail Recipes right here 🍍