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Blenderless Pina Colada

Did you know I was a bartender when I was in college? Not the seedy, shorts-wearing, cussin' kind, of course. No, I made fruity drinks and served them to khaki-clad country clubbers. It was fun, it was lucrative, and I learned how to make a mean margarita. In addition to bartending, I served tables. And as a server, I knew the quickest way to get on a bartender's bad side was to ask for a blended drink during the dinner rush. Why? Because next to requests for hot tea (fellow servers, you know exactly what I'm talking about), they are a pain-in-the-ass time suck. In addition, it was easy to screw up the ice/liquid content ratio. Unless measured perfectly, your Pina Colada either ended up straw-blocking thick or a half slush/half ice concoction that would slide around in the glass and slam against your face if you tried to drink it without a straw. Though I hated making blended drinks during my bartending/serving days, I love to drink them. Pina Coladas are one of my favorite cocktails, and I'm open about my addiction to all things coconut. So a few weeks ago, I decided to forgo the blending and serve Pina Coladas on the rocks. We were two days into living in our new house and I craved a Pina Colada. Unfortunately, our blender was in one of twenty dusty boxes in the basement. Anyone who knows me well will confirm that patience is not one of my defining characteristics. So was born the blenderless Pina Colada. All the ingredients, none of the waiting, mess or inconsistent results. Bingo. And guess what? I like them better this way. Purist I am not. The flavor is more intense, and I can have one in under a minute. Here's the recipe: 1.5 ounces of coconut rum 6 ounces of pineapple juice 1-2 ounces of coconut milk Pour over ice, stir, and serve. Shameful update: A friend of mine just reminded me that I did, in fact, wear shorts for one of my serving gigs. And to add insult to injury, those shorts were accompanied by construction boots and a cowboy hat that dangled from a string and rested on my back (it was a steakhouse). I wish I had a photo.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Laura Trevey


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by **WE BLOG ARTISTS**

I love Pina Coladas too, but have never tried it on the rocks…i think it may go down too quickly though:-)


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by erin

i was just talking about how i prefer my pina coladas on the rocks! glad to know i'm not alone. and i can attest, hot tea is the pits for a server. oy. september can't come soon enough!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Amanda Nicole

Aw, a photo would have been great! Ah, serving days. You cannot get far enough behind me.

I love all things coconut, well tropical really, and am definitely going to try this one. Thanks!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle Brunner

I am so making this! Thanks for the recipe!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by sweet fine day/Jenna

great. Now I want one really badly. We have none of those ingredients in the house

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Char – That's actually a big careful. The buzz can sneak up on you fast.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle

I too, hope you can find a photo.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by efrat

When i did the same job there was allways one of us at the bar while the others served tables.
it was easier that way.

(By the way, thanks for the lovely things you write. i read a lot but my english is not good enough to comment)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Mel – I hope so. I have to find a photo, and have sent requests. It was RiDICulous.


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