Classic Piña Colada Recipe

I’ve always found it amusing that there’s a day for just about everything. Today happens to be National Piña Colada Day, and coincidentally enough it’s a beautiful, warm day in Edmonton, perfect for this delicious blended summer drink!

Curious about the origins of the Piña Colada, I did a bit of research and found out it was invented by a bartender in Puerto Rico. This pineapple coconut drink was so beloved that in 1978 it was named Puerto Rico’s national drink. Its name means “strained pineapple” in Spanish, referring to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple used in the drink’s preparation.

The best Piña Colada I’ve ever had was at a little roadside stand in Cuba on my way to Havana. It was incredible–made with fresh fruit and served frosty cold. Perfect for a hot beach day.

So let’s all celebrate summer and honour the great Piña Colada with this delicious recipe.

Piña Colada Recipe

Yields 1 drink

You’ll Need:

  • 1.5 cups of ice
  • 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
  • 2 ounces of pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces of premium coconut milk
  • 1.5 ounces of white rum
  • Umbrella, maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge to garnish

Directions

Add all of your ingredients except for garnishes into your blender and blend until your drink is smooth. If you prefer a sweeter drink, feel free to add in one to two teaspoons of sugar as well.

Pour into a hurricane glass (or bonus points, a coconut shell) and add garnishes.

Cheers friends, hope you have an awesome weekend!

Watermelon Basil Martini

There’s few things more reminiscent of summer than fresh, juicy watermelon. It’s the perfect treat on a hot day.

I had a giant watermelon at home needing to be used and figured I’d try my hand at adding an adult twist to this childhood favourite. Did you know that watermelon’s are 92% water and full of vitamins? You’re basically have a health drink with this cocktail 😉.

My recent spud.ca order includes a beautiful new bottle of vodka from Confluence Distilling, out of Calgary, Alberta. The vodka is made from local, glacially-fed water and Albertan grains and has a smooth finish to it. And we all know how much I love supporting local.

I’m so pumped that I can order local beer, wine and spirits online with my Spud grocery order. Makes it so easy and convenient to discover new, local companies.

If you’re looking for a way to use up some leftover watermelon, then look no further than this delicious martini I’ve crafted for you.

Watermelon Basil Martini

Yields 1 drink

You’ll Need:

  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 0.5 ounces St. Germain
  • Aprox. 2 cups of watermelon
  • 2 basil leaves
  • Splash of fresh-squeezed lime
  • Basil and watermelon, to garnish
  • Ice

Directions

Cut up your watermelon and put it in either a juicer or high-powered blender, along with your basil leaves. After you blend it, run it through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any remaining chunks.

Combine vodka, St. Germain liqueur, lime juice and watermelon juice in a cocktail tin with a couple pieces of ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass and garnish with a cube of watermelon and a basil leaf.

Cheers, enjoy this taste of summer!