So agua de coco is (as the kids might say) the shit right now. Popular in Brazil, Panama, and pretty much every other tropical nation, the beverage is catching fire here, thanks to a growing latino market, and the desire of caucasian people to increase their coolness by broadening their flavor palate. Agua de coco is the liquid sloshing around inside a fresh coconut and shouldn't be confused with coconut milk (which is loaded with fat and obtained by smushing the actual coconut meat). If you're lucky enough to live near a decent latino market, you might find a cart vendor that sells fresh-out-of-the-coconut stuff; if not, you can buy in cans like we usually do. If you've never had it, we definitely recommend it--it's sweet but not overpoweringly so, surprisingly light, and provides a nice change of pace from soda (but, at about 80 calories a serving and free from icky corn syrup, much better for you).
One of the nice side benefits of agua de coco: mushy little bits of coconut floating around in the water that sink to the bottom as you drink. Not wanting to waste perfectly good coconut, we fished some out of our glass and wrapped it in bacon.
Just like agua de coco itself, the bacon-wrapped coconut leavings were delightfully different, slightly sweet, and very tasty. If you were to wrap fresh or bagged, flaked coconut in bacon (which we think we might do someday), the end result might be almost overpowering in its sweetness. This, however, was just a wee bit sugary--kind of like bacon filled with low-sugar coconut pudding. Yummy.
The conclusion: Bacon + coconut leavings = Not too shabby