Who doesn’t love a good smoothie?
How about an adult smoothie that carries you away to a tropical island or brings you poolside soaking in the sun and sipping on a fruity beverage with a paper umbrella?
Today is the letter U in the #atozchallenge and it isn’t easy coming up with a recipe starting with a U without being a little creative. Last year, I struggled until I discovered Ugli Fruit and created an Ugli Fruit smoothie. I considered coming up with another Ugli Fruit recipe except I haven’t seen any at our local fruit stand or grocery store in sometime, so that was off the table.
It finally came to me during a rather strange moment. While reading an alphabet book to my nephew after a particularly stressful day, I was wishing I was anywhere but there and could have used a nice fruity cocktail. I laughed out loud when we reached the letter U in the book and the umbrella pictured was a paper umbrella. You know… the kind from an Umbrella drink. How appropriate. 😉
Thus I decided that would be my letter U. An umbrella drink. And I chose a fun, tropical combination – similar to a Blue Hawaiian except I turned it into a smoothie. Just ’cause.
Oh, and did I mention I served them up in real pineapple cups? Yep. That’s right. I made a few extras so the teens could have some non-adult smoothies that I blended up similar to the alcohol version. They loved them. And begged me for them the next day… and the next.
We even froze them ahead of time. They stay cold for quite awhile too, and looked really pretty with the frosty outside. Plus they keep the smoothie from melting which was pretty awesome, just sayin’.
Umbrella Drink: Twisted Blue Hawaiian Smoothie
- 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice (we actually blended up real slices of pineapple)
- 1/2 cup of banana rum
- 1/2 cup of Blue Curacao liqueur
- 1/4 cup of cream of coconut
- 3+ cups of ice (depending on how thick you want it)
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Add more ice if you want the smoothie thicker.
- Serve in a highball glass or a pineapple cup.
- Garnish with fresh sliced pineapple, banana slices and maraschino cherries.
Perfect for a pool party, a beach gathering or whenever the mood strikes, like us! haha
Side note on the pineapples: After we had finished off our smoothies, we rinsed them out with cold water and returned them to the freezer so we could have some more later. I’m really not sure how long they last, because we threw them away at the end of the night, but they did work a few times with different beverages.