When you can't beat the heat... embrace it!
It has been so hot lately and this weekend instead of camping out in the AC, Kelly and I decided to embrace the heat as part of our ambience for a retro Tiki party. We were even lucky enough to have some breeze blowing throughout the night for more of a "trade wind" feel. The party was really a farewell party for Sue and John, they are moving out to Colorado.
We made a trip to the Party Source for supplies (such a guilty pleasure of mine... it's so cheezy but yet so fantastic). We got ingredients for mai tai's and pina colada's and were excited to try our bartending skills. I also bought a whole pineapple and it was so much more fun than old pre-cut slices from the store.
[Here I am enjoying a Mai Tai and trying to cool down]
We didn't really want to spend much on decorations so we had to be creative. As you can see in the background I had my "aquarium" playing. This is part of my fireplace dvd that can play 2 different fireplace/campfire loops. I knew the aquarium setting would come in handy one day! And of course - the very fancy plastic flamigo.
Pina Colada's made from scratch are very easy and only includes 3 ingredients. I don't know why you would every waste your time buying a pre-made mix.
Classic Pina Colada Recipe (makes 2-3 servings)
- Rum 3oz (dark or light will work really so choose what you like!)
- Coco Lopez 4oz (coconut cream could be used as a substitue if you can't find this)
- add in a whole bunch of ice (a bit more than equal parts) and blend until frothy. I garnished with Maraschino cherries and a fresh pineapple slice and of course an umbrella.
A little history about the mai tai: It was created in 1944 by Trader Vic in California. He wanted to keep it a secret so the other bars were just guessing at ingredients. Because of this, there are a lot of variations. The Royal Hawaiian recipe is much like Trader Vic's but substitutes simple bar syrup instead of rock candy syrup. I omitted it all together as that only adds sweetness and I prefer less sweet.Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai Recipe:
- 1 oz light Run- 1 oz orange Curacao
- 1/2 oz lime juice- Dash Orgeat
- mix all above ingredients in a tumbler with ice and pour back into glass (with ice)- top with dark rum
- I garnished with Maraschino cherries and a pineapple slice on an umbrella