Heavenly Mai Tai

Happy snowy Saturday! As promised in last Saturday’s Coconut Chicken recipe, here’s my take on the ever-popular tropical Mai Tai drink. This is without a doubt one of my favorites to make and drink, but be warned – it’s deceptively strong!

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This is a shaken drink, so you’ll need to put some ice into a cocktail shaker and then fill a hurricane or sangria glass with ice. To the shaker, add 2 ounces of Bacardi Gold, 1 ounce of Disaronno, one ounce of grenadine, and four ounces of pineapple juice. Shake vigorously for a few seconds and then strain into the prepared glass. Float 1/2 an ounce of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum on top of the drink and serve!

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This is sure to be a hit at any party – or if you’re snowed in on a cold February Saturday!

Full Recipe:

Heavenly Mai Tai

Yield: One drink

Ingredients:

2 ounces Bacardi Gold Rum
1 ounce Disaronno
1 ounce grenadine
4 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

Process:

1) Fill a hurricane glass or sangria glass with ice, and then add ice to a cocktail shaker.

2) Add Bacardi, Disaronno, grenadine, and pineapple juice to shaker and shake vigorously for a few seconds.

3) Strain into prepared glass. Float Captain on top of drink and serve!

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Barbados Sunrise

The temperature is slowly creeping back up, but I’m still wishing for summer, so here’s a super-fab summer drink for you all! (Tune in on Monday for some St. Patty’s Day themed drinks!)

This is a layered drink, so it does take a tad bit of skill, but once you get the hang of it, layering is pretty simple!

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I love tropical drinks, and I especially love “sunrise” drinks, so this is like the epitome of perfection for me! Start off by mixing 1 ounce of Bacardi Rum and 3/4 ounce of blue curaçao in a small glass and set that aside. (I have little parfait glasses that work perfectly for holding 2 ounces or so of liquid.)

Fill a collins glass (or other tall glass) with ice and then pour orange juice about 2/3 of the way up. (The amount will vary, of course, based on the size of your glass, but it’ll probably be about 6-8 ounces.)  Then, slowly pour about 1/2 an ounce or so of grenadine syrup into the middle of the juice. Since it’s heavy, it will settle to the bottom.

Now comes the tricky part! Take your small glass of rum and blue curaçao and slowly pour it over the back of a spoon so it flows slowly into the glass and sits on top of the orange juice. Ta-da, that’s it! You’re done!

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Of course, all the liquor is on top, so you’ll want to stir it before drinking, but just be aware that it looks like horrible dirty dish water once it’s mixed!

Full Recipe:

Barbados Sunrise

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients:

1 ounce Bacardi rum
3/4 ounce blue curaçao
6-8 ounces orange juice
1/2 ounce grenadine

Process:

1) In a small glass, mix rum and blue curaçao. Set aside.

2) Fill a Collins glass with ice and pour in orange juice, then slowly pour grenadine into the center so it settles to the bottom.

3) Carefully pour the rum and blue curaçao mixture over the back of a spoon so it slowly pours on top of the orange juice. It is lighter than the juice, so it should sit on top of it. Serve immediately!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Milkshake

Happy Friday! This delightful little treat has all the goodness of a sweet shop ice cream sundae blended into a portable shake! Even better, it’s very easy to make this either alcoholic or virgin!

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All you have to do is combine 2 (hefty) scoops of chocolate ice cream, about 1/3 cup of frozen cherries, and 1/2 cup of milk in a blender and blend until smooth! It’s that simple! (For a thicker shake, use less milk.)

If you’d like to make it alcoholic, reduce milk to 1/3 cup and add 1 ounce of cherry rum (or vodka) and 1 ounce of creme de cacao!

That’s it! Enjoy!

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Bacardi Rum Punch

I think I’m going to go ahead and start posting drink recipes every Friday – mainly because these will probably be the most likely things to cause people to run to the store and buy something to complete the recipe, and the weekend typically provides ample time to do that! I’ll try and mix it up between non-alcoholic and those containing liquor!

Today’s is definitely a liquor drink – I made it for a large group of friends and everyone was demanding the recipe, so here it is! Rum has long been my liquor of choice – there aren’t many drinks made with it that I don’t like – so this is naturally one of my favorite drinks of all time. The best part is that you can make it ahead of time and then serve it later!

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In a large pitcher, combine 8 ounces Bacardi rum, 8 ounces triple sec, and 4 ounces raspberry pucker. Raspberry pucker is a pretty off the wall liquor, I know, so if you don’t have it and feel like you’ll never use it again if you were to buy it, you can either skip it entirely or use another red-based liquor. 2 ounces of grenadine would work, too. But I have to confess, I was even a little leery when I bought my bottle of raspberry pucker and it didn’t take it very long to get almost gone!! It’s fabulous for giving a little extra flavor to almost any tropical based drink.

On top of the liquor, add 4 cups of Pineapple-Orange-Banana juice. The kind I buy is by Dole and it’s usually between $2-3 for a 59 ounce bottle. Pineapple Orange Banana is basically the most awesome base for tropical drinks, especially because it works with drink recipes that call for either pineapple or orange juice. Using the combo gives a slightly different flavor but it’s still fabulous! (There’s also a ton of tropical drinks that call for both pineapple AND orange juice, which this is also, obviously, excellent for.)

Stir everything together and stick it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Just before serving, add 4-5 cups (or 3 cans) of any clear soda. I really like Black Cherry Citrus Fresca for this, which has a ton of flavor, but you can use Sprite, Ginger Ale, 7-Up, or any other clear soda you prefer.

Serve it over ice in your favorite glasses!

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Full Recipe:

Bacardi Rum Punch

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

8 ounces Bacardi White Rum
8 ounces triple sec
4 ounces raspberry pucker
4 cups pineapple orange banana juice
3 cans Black Cherry Citrus Fresca

Process:

1) Combine rum, triple sec, and raspberry pucker in a large pitcher.

2) Stir in pineapple orange banana juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

3) Add Black Cherry Citrus Fresca, stir 1-2 times (just enough to mix flavors without removing the carbonation) and serve over ice in your favorite drink glasses.