Almond Pina Colada for a Soggy Friday

Almond Pina Colada Recipe

I am not going to moan away about the weather again, because it’s just too British and boring of me. Oh yes I am, because I am obsessed with the weather this week. It’s been completely bloody miserable and literally rained everyday. My hair has trebled in size and tonight I did my outside bootcamp in a torrential downpour which soaked me through to my pants. It’s the end of May and not a whiff of summer in sight. Until now that is. My dear friends at Aldi are having a bit of a Rum revival at the moment so kindly sent me a delicious bottle of their Cocobay coconut rum to play with. Always happy to help where booze is concerned I jumped at the chance to fashion a new cocktail and this Almond Pina Colada is the resulting treat.

This soft, creamy drink is a hot, summer holiday in a glass. The Cocobay Coconut rum is coupled with another Aldi favourite of mine, their Bellucci Amaretti to create a smooth nutty cocktail. You can’t fail to feel summery with an Almond Pina Colada in your hand. The coconut, pineapple combo with just a hint of almond is truly one of the most drinkable cocktails I have sipped in a while. The fact the flavours transport you to warmer climes helps in a huge way, especially when it’s like a rain forest outside. You can use either coconut cream or milk in this cocktail, the former creating a creamier drink than the latter. The pineapple juice cuts through the creaminess and adds to the wonderful tropical flavours.

I made this in a cocktail shaker, however, if you want to go down the full holiday cocktail route, use a blender and create a frappe type of drink. This frozen style cocktail is a Godsend when the weather warms up and you need cooling down. However, at the moment, while it’s like November, just shaking it over ice will do.

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Here’s the tasty line up for the Almond Pina Colada. Including my comedy cactus glass which I have been dying to use for ages.

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And here are my lovely Aldi spirits, perfect for using in this tropical drink. Or any drink come to think of it.

Make a start on this Friday Cocktail by adding a handful of ice to your cocktail shaker or blender, then add a good shot of your Cocobay rum.

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Next, add the almond element with a shot of the Bellucci Amaretti liqueur into the shaker or blender.

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I then added 50ml of coconut cream, but you could also use coconut milk here too. Follow it in with the pineapple juice.

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Give this all a terribly good shake or blend in your blender until creamy and smooth.

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No manicure this week, times are hard,  food blogging does not pay well.

Pour this reminder-that-summer-does-exist-somewhere-drink over more ice into a festive cocktail glass.

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Garnish with a cherry and a pineapple wedge for some old fashioned kitsch charm, then try not to drink this Almond Pina Colada all in one gulp.

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I love Aldi for giving me the chance to play at cocktail bar person. It’s one of the best parts of being a food blogger/boozer. The worst part is the washing up, but this is hugely outweighed by the fun I have creating such drinks as the Almond Pina Colada. It’s not just a drink, it’s a ticket out of London in the rain, even just for 5 minutes while you enjoy it.

Have a restful, if a little soggy, weekend.

Lucy x

Aldi kindly provided me with the Cocobay Rum for this post, however, all opinions and ramblings are, as always, my own.

Almond Pina Colada Recipe

Makes 1

You will need a cocktail shaker or blender

Ice

25ml Cocobay Coconut Rum

25ml Belluci Amaretti

50ml Coconut milk or cream

50ml pineapple juice

A cherry and a pineapple wedge to garnish for added kitsch

Take your cocktail shaker or blender and add a large handful of ice. Pour in the Cocobay rum and Bellucci Amaretti liqueurs then add in the coconut milk or cream and pineapple juice. Give it all a good shake or blend then pour, over more ice, into a festive cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry and a wedge of pineapple. Sip and dream of sunny days.

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