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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

Guavamiele

  • 2 oz Rum
  • 1 oz Guava juice
  • 3/4 oz Lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Honey
  • Top with dash of Angostura bitters

I am pleased to report that today is officially ‘National Rum Day’, which just so happens to be my favorite genre of alcohol!  Who knew?!

The above recipe is a wonderfully refreshing and summery concoction created by Greg Bryson and currently available for your tasting pleasure on the summer menu at Hostaria Del Piccolo in Santa Monica.

If you don’t live within reach of Hostaria then I highly suggest buying the ingredients and making this drink at home.  I personally prefer Matusalem Rum in this drink, and that’s what they use at Hostaria. It is a tropical, sweet and really easy to make tiki style drink.

Have a Happy Rum Day Everyone!!!

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Drink of the Week

The Singapore Sling

  • 1 oz. London dry gin
  • 1 oz. Bols Cherry brandy or Cherry Heering
  • 1 oz. Bénédictine
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. soda water
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients except soda water and bitters and shake in ice.  Strain in an ice-filled collins glass and top with soda water. Dash with Angostura bitters.

Today is my Dads birthday, so I thought it would be a fun idea to put up a drink in his honor. 🙂

This is a drink that has specific memories to me from my childhood. I used to go with my family to Australia almost every year and on a number of occasions we would stop over in Singapore for a few days. I can remember my dad was always excited when he arrived, he would get unpacked then announce to the family “I’m heading down to the bar for the first Singapore sling of the trip.”  As we were fortunate enough to stay at the gorgeous Raffles Hotel on many occasions, it is easy to understand why this was his recurring drink of choice.

When I first decided to write about the Singapore Sling, I hadn’t quite appreciated how much confusion revolved around its recipe. The drink itself is fairly well documented and most would agreed that the first recipe was created by Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore, between 1900 and 1915.

However, there is suggestion that the drink may have existed already under the name ‘Straits Sling’ before Tong Boon brought it over to Raffles.  The original recipe has always been disputed, because there are numerous variations in existence that call for different ratios and ingredients.  The above recipe is from research by David Wondrich on the Sling, but if you were to go to Raffles 20 years ago you would receive another version most likely changed sometime in the 1970s by Ngiam Tong Boon’s nephew.

According to Wondrich, new data in the form of a searchable archive of Singapore newspapers shows the earliest reference to a sling is from 1897, nearly 20 years before the Raffles Hotel supposedly created it.  Today, many of the “Singapore Slings” served at Raffles Hotel have been pre-mixed and made using an automatic dispenser that combines alcohol and pineapple juice at pre-set volumes. They are then blended instead of shaken and include pineapple juice to make them more appealing to the ‘American tourists’ in a Tiki style drink.

I always remember seeing a ‘Recipe Card’ in the lobby of Raffles hotel that I believed to be the original recipe, however my research has shown that The Raffles Hotel management has always admitted that the original recipe card was in fact lost at some point during the 20th century.  The recipe in the photo above is variation 26!

With or without pineapple juice, with Cherry Heering or with Dry Cherry Brandy instead, this drink has a lot of history, is refreshing, flavorful and ideal for hot sticky summers in Singapore.

For me the appeal is its sentimental value because of the fond memories I have of my father sitting in the lobby of Raffles enjoying his pink drink.  If I ever return to Singapore in the future i’m sure I will make a point of stopping in at Raffles to order one for myself, if only to keep up the tradition.

Happy Birthday Dad!

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