Out there in the big wide world of London it's Cocktail Week... an inside? Well it can be cocktail week too can it not?

Here's your chance to up your cocktail game with no less than three truly inspired new cocktails (and their recipes) from Alf de Portillio, Head Bartender at the Natural Philosopher [based in Hackney].

London Cocktail Week is the time to tantalise the taste buds with special edition cocktails from Vita Coco. Cocktail maestro extraordinaire, Alf de Portillo, Head Bartender at The Natural Philosopher in Hackney has curated three original cocktails using Vita Coco’s ‘Pure’ coconut water: Thrilla in Manilla, Naariyal Hi Ball and Torcida Sour mocktail.

Featuring a suave mix of classic flavours, with an added coconut twist, these three drinks provide the best of both worlds!  Using a combination of familiar and unusual ingredients, including peanut butter and Cherry Heering, these dynamic flavours pair perfectly with Vita Coco’s coconut water, for a delightful taste of the beach!

The first drink on the menu, Thrilla in Manila features dry gin as a base, with familiar additions of orange bitters and Patis de Marseille, along with uplifting notes of coconut from Vita Coco’s coconut water. The second drink, coined Naariyal Hi Ball, is a mix of Zacapa and Vita Coco coconut water, fragrant peanut butter and angostura bitters. The final mocktail, Torcida Sour, is an alternative for those preferring an alcohol-free option, using Vita Coco’s coconut water as a base. It also features a hint of peach, similar to Vita Coco’s own Peach and Mango flavoured coconut water!

The bartenders at The Natural Philosopher will be serving Alf’s original, Vita Coco cocktails and mocktail for the whole of London Cocktail Week (2nd– 8th October 2017), so why not head down to Hackney to get a taste of the beach next week?

Make Alf de Portillo’s Cocktail & Mocktail Recipes at Home

Thrilla in Manila



50 ml Vita Coco water

35 ml Tanqueray London Dry

10 ml Pastis de Marseille

2 dash Orange Bitters


Nick & Nora





STIR the ingredients on a mixing glass. STRAIN contents into a chilled glass. Garnish with Floating Star Anise. Straight up

Naariyal Hi Ball


50 ml Vita Coco water

40 ml Zacapa 23

10 ml Peanut butter fat washed Cherry Heering

2 dash Angostura Bitters


Hi Ball







BUILD the ingredients directly on the glass. ADD a block of ice. Garnish with Cherry and Ice block


Torcida Sour (non-alcoholic)


75 ml Vita Coco water

10 ml Sugar Syrup

20 ml Lemon Juice

2 dash Peach Bitters

20 ml Egg Whites


Sour Glass





DRY SHAKE and SHAKE and STRAIN into a glass Garnish with Grana Padano - sprinkled

Straight up


Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water is available from a selection of retailers, including Waitrose, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Amazon.