Pina Colada & Charleston Pink Lady

Pina Colada & Charleston Pink Lady

So I will admit my great failing, brace yourself... I don't own a blender. There, I said it. I have a food processor and a stick blender but not an honest to goodness blender. Our apartment kitchen is about as small as you can get in Texas and doesn't have a pantry so cupboard space is at a major premium. Because of this, making frozen drinks is always something I have avoided having to do. 

My partner, Paul, loves fruity beach drinks and recently requested a pina colada. I was more than a bit anxious creating this drink, knowing it's usually served frozen, in beautiful curved hurricane or poco grande glass - which I definitely don't own. Not to be defeated by (more than) a few setbacks, I decided to make this in my shaker and serve it in my favorite style of glass, the coupe.

It was creamy and sweet with just the right bite of rum for drinking by the pool, or ocean if you live closer to one than I do. I definitely think this drink needs the pineapple pieces for garnish but that's all just aesthetics.

DRINK INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ounce silver rum (I used Cruzan aged rum)
  • 1/2 ounce coconut cream (comes in a white plastic squeeze bottle found with the mixers)
  • 1.5 ounces pineapple juice (a can of pineapple nectar is cheap and the perfect thing)
  • Fresh pineapple wedge for garnish

HOW TO MIX THE DRINK:

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add the rum, pineapple nectar and coconut cream. Shake and strain into a coupe glass if you want to be extra fancy (or a chilled highball glass filled with ice cubes). Garnish with fresh pineapple wedge.

For my own drink I wanted to try something I had seen on Pinterest that appeared to be something that should be imbibed while wearing a big floppy hat and an unreasonably fancy dress. The Charleston Pink Lady is pink and frothy and my brain expected it to taste as light and sweet as it looked. I will admit that I left out an entire ounce of liquor from my version and it still kicked my butt. Ladies from Charleston must not be messing around, I think I'll experiment with this one a bit but if you want something that is extremely spirit forward with a smooth consistency and just a hint of sweetness at the end, give this a try, I recommend drinking this after food though, not before as I did. Oops. ;)

DRINK INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ounce Applejack
  • 2 ounces gin (I went with Tanqueray Rangpur)
  • 1.5 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons grenadine (I recommend making your own or at least buying one where a significant ingredient is pomegranate juice. You don't want just red simple syrup.)

HOW TO MIX THE DRINK:

Add all the ingredients to your cocktail shaker and fill with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. I chose to garnish with a few marachino cherries, although if you can afford the expense I have heard Luxardo brand are the way to go.