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Drink of the Week

 Piña Colada

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz Coconut Cream
  • 1 oz Heavy Cream
  • 6 oz Pineapple Juice

Garnish: Pineapple Wedge

Blend ingredients in a blender or shake with crushed ice, until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass.

Tip: Using soy or almond milk as a substitute for the heavy cream is also an option, it will have a slightly different taste to the original but will mean those with lactose issues can still enjoy it.

Since i’m on a roll with putting up ‘favorite drinks for family members,’ it seems appropriate to put up my Mums drink of choice too, seeing as today is her birthday!

The piña colada is a sweet, rum-based drink made with coconut cream, and pineapple juice and can be served blended (I love) or shaken with ice.  The name itself is Spanish and means “Strained Pineapple” (piña=pineapple and colada= strained)

I personally love this drink, it makes me think of Tiki nights, palm trees, white sandy beaches and hammocks. It is sweet, tropical and creamy.  It is the official beverage of Puerto Rico and has been since 1978, it also (apparently) has more calories than a Big Mac! Sorry mum, deliciousness comes at a price. 😦

First off, there are many recipes for the piña colada with varying proportions and ratios, some do and do not include heavy cream for example.  From what I have been able to find out, the piña colada was created at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero on August 16, 1954.  The date is so specific because this is the first time the drink was officially sold there with this name.

According to Monchito, the Hilton management had expressly requested him (as Head barman at the time) to come up with a new signature drink that would delight their celebrity clientele. He supposedly took the task very seriously and spent the next three months blending, shaking and experimenting, until he finally produced the first piña colada.  The above recipe is the original version he created for the Beachcomber Bar.

According to Frommers destination guide:

When actress Joan Crawford tasted the piña colada…she claimed it was “better than slapping Bette Davis in the face.”

I have to say i’m not sure how accurate that quote is, but if it is what Joan said, I think it’s pretty great!

Anyway, when you’re next on vacation somewhere sunny I highly suggest you order yourself this delicious cocktail and if like my mum you’re stuck somewhere grey (like England) why not make yourself a pina colada to brighten up the day!

Happy Birthday Mum!!! xxx

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Drink of the Week

Lava Flow

2 oz Light Rum (I like Flor de Cana)
1/2 oz Coconut Cream
2 Strawberries
1/4 Banana
2 oz Pineapple Juice

Garnish: Pineapple Wedge

The key to making this drink look good is to blend the ingredients separately.  Blend the strawberries and rum together and pour in to a Hurricane glass. Next rinse out the blender and blend the banana, pineapple juice and coconut cream in ice.  Add the creamy mix on top of the strawberry rum mix.  When you blow down your straw, or stir the drink it simulates a ‘lava flow’.  Very fun!

I’m writing this post from Vegas, and was inspired by the drinks by the pool today. Obviously this slushy style beverage doesn’t showcase the best of mixology like the usual drinks I post on here, it is however a fun and fruity option that gets you in a tropical mood.  It is on the sweeter side, but the pineapple and coconut combination works perfectly. The lava flow is basically a colorful variation of a Pina Colada and a version I personally prefer, it reminds me of  relaxing in Hawaii every time I drink it.  Simply put it is a great drink for summer or lazing by the pool. (Remove the Rum for a great Virgin version for kids)

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