#TBT Frozen Cocktails: The Piña Colada & The Chi-Chi


#TBT Frozen Cocktail Recipes: The Piña Colada & The Chi-Chi | Coupons.com

As I head into the final days of summer, one thing becomes wildly apparent. I”m holding onto that vacation mindset for as long as possible. Yes – I might be back into the routine of the school year, and seeing Halloween decorations at stores, but I’m still holding onto the last moments of summer. And for this Thursday I’m presenting my shameless throwback tropical wonder cocktail – the Piña Colada! Nothing says vacation and tropical paradise in a glass than a coconut and pineapple libation and per my last #TBT post, what I am loving right now is a frozen cocktail. A slushee for grown-ups! Extend your summer another week and join me in this old school, classic 80’s cocktail indulgence.

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To get you back in school mode, we’ll start with a bit of a history lesson. The Piña Colada is all about Puerto Rico! The cocktail itself was created at the Caribe Hilton Hotel’s Beachcomber Bar in Puerto Rico in 1954. One of the main ingredients of this cocktail – Coco López Cream of Coconut – was developed in Puerto Rico in 1948. This delicious cream is made from sun ripened Caribbean coconuts and natural cane sugar and is the reigning champ of tropical drinks. And as if to cement it’s Puerto Rican roots, the Piña Colada was declared the national drink of Puerto Rico in 1978. The drink was clearly an instant local success, but then gained worldwide fame the following year when Rupert Holmes released his song, “Escape (The Pina Colada song)”, which became a number-one song in the United States in December 1979. Who can forget the song’s iconic chorus: “If you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain.”?

To learn how to make the refreshing cocktail like they do on the island, you’ll need to embrace your blender, grab some ice and get ready to extend that summertime feeling one more night! Frozen cocktails are quite the rage right now and you’re going to have a ball. If you missed last week’s Classic Frozen Daiquiri, you can find it HERE along with my Frozen Cocktail 101 tips and tricks.

FROZEN PINA COLADA

Gidget Pina Colada
Tools: Blender!
Glass: Tropical tiki mug or Hurricane glass
Extras: Pineapple wedge, Maraschino cherry and pineapple leaves for garnish
Servings: 2-4 cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. light Rum
  • 1 oz. Myers Rum
  • 4 oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. Coco López Cream of Coconut
  • 1 oz. cream (heavy cream or half and half)
  • 1 C crushed ice

How to Make It
Add liquid ingredients to the blender and add ice. Blend for about 15-30 seconds to chop ice and blend ingredients. Pour into glasses and garnish.

Not a fan of rum?

If you’re ready to get out your blender and keep that summer vacation mindset intact but aren’t a big fan of rum, I’ve got something else for you to consider. The Piña Colada has a cocktail cousin called The Chi-Chi and it’s made with vodka instead of rum! You can even use a pineapple-flavored vodka if you’re so inclined, but I like to keep the favors intact with the regular vodka I have on hand.

THE CHI-CHI

Gidget ChiChi

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Vodka
  • 4 oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. Coco López Cream of Coconut
  • 1 oz. cream (heavy cream or half and half)
  • 1 C crushed ice

As the summer comes to an end, take the chance to party on a school night while you still can and come back next Thursday for my #TBT cocktail – Don’t Fear the Blender – The Frozen Margarita. Remember, it’s not just a good drink, it’s a state of mind!

#TBT Frozen Cocktail Recipes: The Piña Colada & The Chi-Chi | Coupons.com


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