Friday, July 20, 2007

0 Recipe #2: Niña Colada

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As a little kid, I often wanted to be considered as "one of the grown-ups," as little kids are often prone to do. :) While on vacations, our mother &/or father might order a Bloody Mary or a Piña Colada; this was often one of the rare occasions when they'd actually order drinks (our parents aren't really drinkers). And since the adults were ordering cocktails, the kids would be allowed to order accompanying "mocktails" like Shirley Temples, Virgin Marys (a Bloody Mary without the alcohol) or Niña Coladas (the non-alcoholic version of the Piña Colada). It might sound silly, but it made us feel special. :)  It wasn't so much about alcohol -- we were much too young to pay much attention to stuff like that -- but rather, it was about the "coolness" factor of being able to "hang" with the grown-ups. This was way before we were teenagers of course. :)

And not surprisingly, I still retain a fondness for "mocktails" to this very day. :)

I'd like to think that just because I'm a grown-up doesn't have to mean I have to stop enjoying drinks of these nature. Sure, it might seem like a "little kid" thing to do, but as they say, why not stay "young at heart," right?! Plus, the non-alcoholic versions are probably a lot healthier for one's heart as well. ;)

Another benefit: There's no minimum (or maximum!) drinking age for mocktails. They can be enjoyed by all. :)

So, on that note, here's an all-natural, sugar-free version of one of my favorite mocktails, the Niña Colada. Enjoy!

Niña Colada

Drink Ingredients:
1 c. ice
1 c. fresh pineapple (frozen will also work)
1/2 c. light/lowfat, unsweetened coconut milk (from a can)
1 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. lite soy milk
1 Tbsp. honey

Garnish Ingredients:
1 cherry
1 pineapple slice
1 lime slice

Directions: Toss drink ingredients into a blender & pulse until well-blended. Garnish with cherry, and slices of pineapple & lime. Serve & enjoy!

Yield: 1 serving.

Alternate Preparation Ideas: This recipe can serve as a basic template for other ideas. Some other creative uses for this recipe include smoothies (just add yoghurt & protein powder), punch (add a scoop of low-fat vanilla or coconut ice cream, and some club soda), and popsicles (just pour into popsicle trays and freeze!).

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