Happy Friday everyone! Sorry I’ve been out of the loop for the past few days… hubs and I have been enjoying our vacation up in Washington, D.C. (re-caps to come!). Hope you all survived your work weeks! It’s time for cocktail Friday with the hubs: bring on the weekend!

Happy Friday again, friends. So we’re up here in Washington DC on vacation and apparently we brought the hot weather from south Florida with us. The past couple of days have been crazy hot (in the mid 90’s). Now Florida may be hot and sunny for most of the year but we have that Atlantic breeze that keeps us a little cool. We felt like we were walking around our nations Capital with a hair dryer in front of us the whole time!

Well, you know what makes the blistering heat bearable? A frozen drink. I know, I know; last time when I wrote about the peach Bellini, I looked down my nose as I stated that mixed drinks and frozen drinks are not created equal. You know what, I was right.  A good stiff drink will NOT keep you from melting into a puddle on a smoking hot day.

I found out that my grandma (who is not a fan of alcoholic beverages) loves the same frozen drink as my wife; the world famous Pina Colada. It is the quintessential hot weather drink. This sweet, fruity icy pleasure will keep you cool and if you have enough, will give you reason to attempt a perfect cannonball into the pool.

So grab your SPF, a beach towel, and a pitcher of these and and you’ll have no shoes, no shirt, and no problem!

Cheers & Happy Summer!

-The Hubs

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Pina Colada

Ingredients:

15 oz can of Cream of Coconut Milk (we used Coco Lopez)
15 oz Pineapple Juice
1 1/2 cups light rum, divided
2/3 cup coconut rum, divided (like Malibu)
10-12 cups ice, divided

Pineapple wedges for garnish (optional)

Directions:

In a small pitcher or large pyrex measuring cup, mix together the cream of coconut and the pineapple juice (Tip: use your coconut can to measure an estimated 15 oz of the pineapple juice).

In a blender, combine half (15 ounces) of the pineapple & coconut mixture, half of the rum (3/4 cup), half of the coconut rum (1/3 cup), and half of the ice (start with 5 cups). Blend until combined adding ice until desired consistency (we added the sixth cup). This will make 4 servings.

Repeat with the remaining ingredients to complete all 8 beverages. You have to blend in two batches unless you have a GIANT blender!