Verdant Viper Cocktail

Watch out for this one! The Verdant Viper Cocktail is one of those innocuous, healthy-looking drinks that will knock you on your… bottom! It does, however, contain lots of vitamins and goodness – so several are recommended to get the full effect!

Verdant Viper Cocktail
A healthy drink that packs a punch

Verdant Viper Cocktail

Makes 1 jug. Serves 4

  • 1 litre of fresh pineapple juice (easily found or freshly extracted in this part of the world)
  • 6 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 8 oz white tequila (we like Don Julio)
  • 2 oz jarabe or sweetener (optional)
  • 1 small cucumber (skinned and de-seeded)
  • Handful of washed mint leaves
  • 4 pieces of fresh pineapple for decoration
  • 2 oz coconut milk or cream of coconut
  • 2 oz fresh pineapple juice

Put a glass drinks jug in the freezer to cool.
Prepare the drink in a plastic jug.
Roughly cut cucumber and put into a blender.
Add mint leaves and pulse several times to “muddle” leaves with cucumber pieces.
Place in a plastic jug.
Add tequila and jarabe (if needed).
Mix and leave to sit for 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
Add pineapple and lemon juices.
Take glass jug out of the freezer.
Add ice cubes to the chilled glass jug and pour drink over ice.
The drink can be chilled in the glass jug for an hour or so.

To serve

Take 4 tall old-fashioned glasses and fill with ice cubes.
Pour in chilled drink and garnish with a fresh piece of pineapple.
Drink quickly and often.

Find more delicious tropical drink recipes in our Cocktail Recipe Index.

Enjoy this refreshing beverage under a shady poolside palapa as the day winds down. And, don’t forget our special end-of-summer discounts on several of our popular luxury vacation rentals.


Miguel Neves de Carvalho Bon vivant, gastronome and all-around great guy – Miguel Neves de Carvalho brings you the best of what Punta Mita and the surrounding area have to offer. His passions include polo, horse riding, rugby, cigars and most recently … golf.

Miguel lives in Punta Mita with his youngest son, his fiancée, Lisa, and his two dogs “Tanqueray” and “Tonica”.

He started Punta Mita-Rentals in 2012.

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