When Megan was in town a couple of weekends back, we enjoyed meals at some of my usual places, but also made a point of stopping in the Dupont Circle Ping Pong location for a light meal before she made her way back to Connecticut. I’m a bit of a dim sum traditionalist, preferring strictly Cantonese-speaking servers and the push-cart delivery method, but Ping Pong’s been a great stand-in since DC’s real-deal Chinese options are practically nonexistent. What Ping Pong lacks in authenticity it makes up for in its delicious alcohol-free beverage options. Too many restaurants and bars neglect to create drinks for us non-boozers, but I digress. The thing about dim sum, which literally translates to “drink tea,” is that hot tea is just about all that’s offered. Luckily, Ping Pong breaks that rule and boasts a delicious pineapple coconut cooler that was so darn good, I had to recreate it immediately. The good news is that it’s delicious at home too, the better news is that it’s incredibly easy to make. Here’s how I did it.
For one serving, start by pouring 1 cup pineapple juice into a glass or measuring cup.
Next, add 2 to 3 teaspoons (or 1 tablespoon) coconut milk. This step depends on how creamy you want it. I enjoyed mine with 2 teaspoons, just creamy and coconutty enough without detracting from the pineapple flavor.
For the finishing touches, add about 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice. Stir contents, add ice to a glass, and pour pineapple, coconut and lime mixture inside.
These simple steps produce a light and refreshing pineapple drink made all the better with small helpings of coconut milk and lime juice. The pineapple juice and coconut milk are delicious together as is, and taste similar to a pina colada. The lime juice is what sets it apart and gives it a nice zesty tone. I love it and hope you’ll say the same.
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 2 to 3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- Combine pineapple juice, coconut milk and lime juice in a glass.
- Stir, load glass with ice, and enjoy!
- That's it.
- Makes 1 serving