Friday, July 10, 2015

Piña Coladas and Slurpees by Margaret Ullrich - Piña Colada recipe

If you like Piña Coladas, 
getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yoga, 
if you have half a brain.
If you like making love at midnight 
in the dunes on the cape.
I'm the love that you've looked for,
write to me and escape.

Yes, I know that’s a rather odd picture.
Doesn’t look like a beach scene, a Piña Colada, or anything drinkable.
Don’t worry… it’ll all make sense later.

Today is national Piña Colada Day!
So that’s why I’m a bit early with the new moon drink post.
Didn’t want you to miss the fun.

And… speaking of fun…
Tomorrow is Free Slurpee Day here in Canada!
Don’t want you to miss that fun, either.
Drink on, fellow Winnipeggers, and let’s keep owning our Slurpee supremacy!
Long may we endure our Slurpee induced brain freeze headaches!!

Last year Paul and I sat outside our local 7/11 while sucking the slush and freezing what few remaining brain cells we have.
The 7-11 manager walked past us and said 
It tastes better when it’s free, doesn’t it. 
But, of course it would for any Winnipegger!

Back to the piña colada
It has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978.
The name piña colada means strained pineapple.
I’ve posted the basic recipe.
There are variations, so, if you're out of rum, you don’t have to run out to the store.
Assuming you have coconut milk and pineapple juice on hand.
So yes, maybe you'll have to go shopping.
Aren't you glad I posted this early?

You can use different proportions or different types of rum or other liquors:
Amaretto colada — amaretto substituted for rum
Chi chi - with vodka in place of rum
Lava Flow — strawberry daiquiri and piña colada blended together
Staten Island Ferry — coconut rum and pineapple juice over ice

Looking for something you can drink before driving?
Try virgin piña colada or piñita colada.
That’s coconut milk and pineapple juice without the rum.
So yes, maybe you'll have to go shopping.

About the song…
It’s original title was Escape and Rupert had a few problems with the recording.
Maybe the drummers were sampling a few piña coladas.

                        Piña Colada

Pour into a blender or shaker with crushed ice
3 ounces coconut cream (milk)
6 ounces pineapple juice 
1 1/2 ounces white rum
Blend or shake very well until smooth.
Pour into a chilled glass.
Garnish with 
a pineapple wedge and/or a maraschino cherry

A frozen piña colada would be perfect for the heat wave we’re having.
It will have more of a kick than what you'd find in either a frozen Lemonade or a Raspberry Sorbet.
Definitely not for the kiddies!

About the moon next week (and that odd picture)…
According to the Farmers Almanac:

July 15  – New Moon - nothing to see.  
Be patient.  There’s a treat in store in a couple of days.

July 17 – Look to the west after sunset to see planets Venus (on the left) and Jupiter (on the right this time, different from last month). 
The very tiny waxing crescent Moon will be just above the horizon, and the trio will form a crooked smile, just like the picture!

July 18 – Check out the waxing crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter in the sky just after sunset – Venus and Jupiter are nearly parallel to each other, with the Moon just skimming Venus to the left.  

And for weather warnings (also thanks to the Farmers Almanac):

July 15 — If on St. Swithin’s Day ye do rain, for forty days it will remain.
July 25 — Puffy white clouds on this day foretells much snow in the coming winter.
July 26 — Rain on St. Anne’s will continue for a month and a week.

Now you know.


  1. Happy Piña Colada Day Margaret! What a fun post:) I love the Farmer's Almanac tips. I sure hope it doesn't rain on St. Swithin's Day. We've had more than enough rain this "Summer"...Hope all is well with you and yours. I'm not back to blogging yet...Soon I hope:)

  2. Happy Piña Colada Day, Louise! Thank you for dropping by and for your kind words.

    Also Hi to Marion and Bill! Hope all is well with you all and that the weather is being kind to you. Enjoy your lovely garden.

    We’re having a hot dry summer. Due to the fires to the west of us we’ve had haze. It has made for some amazing bright orange sun when it rises and sets.

    Do miss your posts, but sometimes we all need a break. :-)


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