The current warm, balmy season turns our attention to light, colorful foods and pretty, refreshing drinks. The summer cocktail is no exception. The good news is that you don’t have to be a mixologist to master this art.
Rum, that ancient cultural icon of the world’s islands and seafaring navies, is a natural choice for a cooling beverage. It is light, festive, deceivingly harmless and begging to be mixed with virtually any kind of fruit juice.
The Leilani Cocktail is an example of the perfect marriage of rum and fruit juice consummated within the wild wrestling of a blender. It was invented by a data analyst whose favorite weekend activity was sipping Margaritas poolside. Following vigorous consumption at pool parties, the Leilani quickly became a local neighborhood legend.
- Bottle of White Rum (amount unspecified)
- 2 bananas
- 1 can Hawaii’s Own Guava Strawberry Frozen Concentrate (or the frozen fruit juice of your choice.)
- Cracked ice
- Add a layer of cracked ice in the blender.
- Add the entire can of guava strawberry frozen concentrate.
- Using the now-empty can of juice, fill with white rum. Use 1-1/2 cans of the rum.
- Break the two bananas into thirds and add to mixture.
- Place lid on blender and mix briefly.
- Add enough cracked ice to nearly fill blender jar.
- Blend to mix and pour into chilled cocktail glasses.
The Leilani Cocktail does take a little practice to perfect. The holy alliance and curious proportions of bananas, rum, juice and lots of ice will render an incredibly smooth, icy, pale-pink libation that will have your friends demanding it at every gathering. It also has the potential to be somewhat lethal, so no more than two pitchers are recommended for any size gathering.
As for the inventive, Margarita-sipping data analyst relaxing in his lounge chair; the Leilani Cocktail has proved both a blessing and a curse: it has become his legacy and the price of his admission to any party of merit.
As with any alcoholic beverage, please pour, drink and serve responsibly.