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
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
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.
Grab your tropical garnishes and bust out the coconut bras and Hawaiian shirts because it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
Since summer seems to have skipped over Edmonton this year Holly and I decided to take matters into our own hands and bring summer to us in the form of a delicious watermelon tiki drink.
While this might not be your typical rum-based tiki drink, it has all the elements that that embody what we love about a tiki cocktail. Quirky name (good job Holly), great barware, fun garnish and fruity flavours.
Instead of rum we based this cocktail around the Smirnoff Watermelon vodka. Holly and I gave it a quick taste before we made our drink and it tastes just like a boozy watermelon jolly rancher. Flavoured vodkas are a great way to switch up your favourite cocktails and experiment with new drinks.
What’s great about this cocktail is that there’s no need to add any simple syrup, the watermelon is sweet enough on its own, and the ginger adds a contrasting spicy kick. I mean really, if you look at the ingredients, it’s almost healthy (at least that’s what I’m telling myself when I go back for seconds).
Water-Yellin Frozen Watermelon Tiki Cocktail
Yields 2 cocktails
4 oz watermelon vodka (we used Smirnoff)
5 handfuls of frozen watermelon
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp fresh pressed ginger
Large handful of ice
Add vodka, frozen watermelon, lime juice, ginger juice and ice to a blender. Pour into tiki mug and garnish with a straw, paper umbrella and lime wedge.
Hope you enjoy this delicious summer cocktail, be sure to follow along on Instagram (@alexandtribe, @chandeliers.and.champagne) to see what else we come up with over the course of the summer and tag us in you pics if you recreate any of our cocktails.