Thirsty Thursday: A Hawaiian Cocktail for the Fourth of July

By: Kelsey Vala

Photo by: Stephen Murello ©Stephen Murello

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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Meet Piña Colada’s playful, vibrant and positively patriotic cousin, the Lava Flow, a tropical treat hailing from Hawaii. Since a lot of red, white and blue eats have been happening lately, why not make a drink that will set off fireworks of full flavor while also keeping with the star-spangled color theme?

The trinity of Piña Colada flavors— pineapple, coconut and rum— take a whirl through the blender for a smoothie so thick and icy it hesitates to be sipped through a straw. Pour sweet strawberry puree around the frosty hillock (and I suggest popping a few blueberries on top) for a cocktail that will be the star of your Fourth of July celebrations.

Bottoms up, folks.
Recipe courtesy Duke's Canoe Club

Ingredients:
  • 1-ounce coconut syrup
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces rum
  • Splash vanilla ice milk (or ice cream)
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces strawberry puree

Directions:

Blend all ingredients except strawberry puree. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with strawberry puree.

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