PSLs and warm sweaters may be easy to get by, but I am not yet prepared to embrace everything about fall. No matter the season, I enjoy a nice tropical beverage! And even if it’s just for a few sips, this Mermaid Colada is the ideal beverage to enjoy for some escape during the next chilly days.
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The Pia Colada is one of the most adored (or despised, depending on who you ask) tropical drinks. Pia Coladas may be savored whenever, which is fortunate for me because I frequently want for them! You can always buy pineapple and coconut cream at the grocery store, and rum, in my opinion, is always in season. The trick is to avoid using sweetened coconut syrup or cream of coconut in this recipe. This blue-hued Mermaid Colada that I recently made is both imaginative and delectable.
For the past year or more, celestial, unicorn, and mermaid smoothies have been overrunning feeds. These eye-catching, tasty sweets come in a rainbow of colors. I reasoned that smoothies shouldn’t receive all the attention. With the addition of rum, of course, I choose to take the mermaid trend and make it a bit more enjoyable.
Although the rich colors are aesthetically enticing, I avoid using food dyes in any of my creations and instead rely on natural sources to get vibrant hues. It might be challenging to find bright blue in nature. Although I have used butterfly pea flower in the past, it turns purple when more acid is applied, thus when combined with the Tropicana Premium Lemonade and pineapple juice, it would seem purple. I instead looked to the ocean for the source of the blue color: spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is rich in vitamins and amino acids, making it the ideal ingredient for a Mermaid Colada drink with an ocean theme.
- 5 oz lemonade, frozen
2 oz white rum
- 2 oz coconut cream
- 1/2 oz pineapple juice, frozen*
- 1/2 banana sliced, frozen*
- 2 dashes angostura bitters
- 1 capsules spirulina/blue green algae
- garnish: pineapple leaves, starfruit, kiwi, coconut flakes
optional: white cocktail seashells
- A few hours before constructing a drink, start by chilling lemonade and pineapple juice in an ice cube tray. Banana slices should be added to a plastic bag and frozen.
- Blend the first six ingredients in a blender until they are thoroughly combined. A hurricane glass or tall glass should get a quarter of the beverage. To extract the powder, crack open the spirulina capsules over the mixer.
- Blend 1 second, it will be swirled. Slowly pour the rest of the cocktail into the glass.
- To produce an ombré effect, swirl the two layers together with a pick or a chopstick. Add pineapple leaves, exotic fruit, and coconut flakes as garnish.
This is so you do not have to use ice to create the frozen drink which means more flavor and less water