My very first experience with alcohol was my 8 year old self drinking a very spiked pina colada. My family had gone on a cruise to the Caribbean and our family (all of my siblings very young) somehow ended up on some kind of party boat with unlimited alcohol. I excitedly thought the pina colada was a coconut shake and hastily drank it… until I tasted the rum. Spitting everything out in disgust, my distaste for anything alcohol began then at the tender age of 8.
Since then, I’ve never had a huge fondness for alcohol. It probably isn’t very fair to for my impression of “alcohol tastes bad,” as that party boat pina colada drink wasn’t very good (my mother ended up with a severe headache as she complained since that was “bad quality” alcohol)
Pina Coladas with Coconut Rum and Cranberry Juice
coconut rum (optional)
crushed ice (optional)
Mix pineapple juice and coconut rum 1:1 and pour into a glass with ice. Add coconut juice in a 4:1 ratio to the pineapple juice. Slowly pour cranberry juice, letting it run down the sides to obtain the separate layers.
I had a lot of fun playing with the layers; the cranberry is quite dense it seems. At first it swirls around, but if you add enough and add it slowly, it gradually sinks to the bottom. In the picture above, you can see our varying successes in making it pretty but it all tastes delicious.