Pina Colada, cool pineapple beverage

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Drinking a Pina Colada is like drinking in the taste of the Caribbean. The rum-based cocktailalmost goes hand-in-hand with a walk on the beach in the region and has actually been the official drink of Puerto Rico since 1978.

There is even a National Pina Colada Day celebrated on July 10th.The name Pina Colada means strained pineapple and refers to the fact that freshly squeezed pineapples are usually used in the drinks’ preparation.

The Puerto Rican style of Pina Colada includes using cream of coconut which is made fromcoconut juicesugaremulsifiercellulosethickenerscitric acid, and salt. The drink is served using with blended or shaken with ice and garnished with pineapple wedges ormaraschino cherries.

The recipe calls for 3 ounces of coconut cream, 6 ounces of pineapple juice, and 1½ ounces ofwhite rum. The mixture is then put in a blender or shaker with crushed ice. Blend or shake very well until smooth. Add garnish.

The drink can also be made using dark rum, amaretto – Amaretto Colada; coconut rum –Staten Island Ferry; blended with a strawberry daquiri- Lava Flow, or a Virgin Pina Coladawithout rum altogether.

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Blended fruit punch, goodness in a glass

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A fruit punch is a fun, fresh, and refreshing drink and with lots of fresh fruits it’s good for you too.

A blended fruit punch made with crushed ice, is the perfect drink to cool down a hot summer‘s day or a nice non-alcoholic beverage to serve when you’re entertaining friends.

It is easy to make. All that is needed are two bananas, one medium papaya, the juice of one lemon, 4 ounces of watermelon, 3 oranges, pineapple juice, and 3 ounces of apple juice, two glasses, crushed ice, 2 pineapple wedges, toothpicks, maraschino cherries, and one blender.

In a jug, squeeze the oranges, being careful to remove all seeds. Press the watermelon removing all the liquid and combine with the orange, apple, and pineapple juices.

Peel the papaya, remove the seeds and slice along with the bananas in a blender. Add combined juices of apple, orange, and pineapple. Add crushed ice and blend until smooth.

Pour into glasses. Place pineapple wedges onto glass. Use one toothpick to sear wedge through and add cherry.

Enjoy!

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