Native Texan Livin': Pool Side Piña Colada

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pool Side Piña Colada

♫♪♫♪  If you like Piña Coladas...getting caught in the rain.... ♪♫♪♫

Or if you prefer them like I do, on a super hot sunny day, then you've come to the right place!

It could be hotter so I'm not going to complain!  Many moons ago, Bo actually gave me the choice for us to move somewhere colder but I chose here.  Family, friends & 150°F days...can't beat it!

Truth be told, I'm not normally a Piña Colada girl.  Pool side, I'm more likely to order a Rum Punch or Mai Tai...but something about seeing all these ingredients in the store got me in the mood for a Piña Colada!  Let's be honest though...the main selling point was that it included rum! ;-)  (hold on...I'm seeing a trend here in my drink preferences...)

FUN FACT about the Piña Colada....
Did you know it originated in Puerto Rico?  Did you know my dad is from Puerto Rico & living there right now?!?!  Did you also know the Piña Colada became Puerto Rico's national drink in 1978...the year yours truly was born?!?! (←that's me. I'm "yours truly") :-)  Coincidence?  I think not!

OK, back to the important stuff!  Here's what works for me....

2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. coconut cream
4 oz. coconut rum (reserve 1/2 oz)
ice (+/- 2 cups)

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth & frosty
Add more or less ice depending on your preference
Pour frosty goodness into a hollowed pineapple, an empty coconut or a regular glass (I hear they work just as good!) :-)
Top it off with the last 1/2 ounce of coconut rum
Garnish with a slice of pineapple & a festive drink umbrella

HEB had these cute personal sized pineapples, so I couldn't pass it up for this frosty concoction!  I didn't have one of those fancy pineapple peeler/corer/slicers so I made do with what I had...a knife!  I just cut around the inside edge of the pineapple & made an X thru the middle.  Then I scooped all the pineapple meat into a bowl with my handy dandy grapefruit spoon.

Bo enjoyed his Piña Colada too...and his beer! ;-) (Yes, that's how we roll!) The girls just enjoyed using their new donut drink floats in the pool.

This recipe was super easy & always a favorite!  What's your go-to pool side drink?  I guess next time I'll need to make a kid-friendly version for the kiddos!  Oops! :-)

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