You may remember that I LOATHE pre-fabbed mixers where you just add the alcohol, and will usually not even waste my efforts in that direction. The Pina Colada is no exception -- well, unless maybe I'm sitting at the infinity pool bar in a wonderfully tropical location. Anyway, I digress. When Jay wanted whip up some Pina Coladas from scratch (which is really a lot easier than it may sound ... and yummier too), I was only luke-warm to the idea with it being so early in the season. I mean, did I really want to blow my single Pina Pass this early this year? And then, something magical happened that changed my perspective. I realized I could try making it this way ... sans pineapple!
THE RUMCHATA COLADA
1/2 cup light rum (I used Bacardi)
1/2 cup Rumchata
1/2 cup coconut cream
1/4 cup coconut milk
Fresh pineapple & maraschino cherries for garnish
Fill blender with ice cubes. Add rum, Rumchata, coconut cream, and coconut milk. Blend until smooth. Pour into your glass, and garnish with fruit.
YUMM-tastic I tell you. It really was all that even without the pineapple (well, except for the garnish), and who doesn't love having a whole pitcher of happy sitting right in your fridge - even if it does mean you have to eat nothing but lettuce for a day or two. If you don't have Rumchata in your local market, try picking up some horchata and adding a little more rum, or maybe finding a recipe for it ... like this one here. Totally. Worth. It. The best part about all of this though; I am technically still holding on to that annual 'Pina Pass' if I do find myself at some fabulous infinity pool bar in a tropical vacation spot feeling mighty thirsty. Splurge on!
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