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Tu Vez Latino Culinary Academy: Piña Colada

Welcome to the Tu Vez Latino Culinary Academy! We are determined to teach Latino men how to feed themselves without having to go to a drive-through. Will it be an old family recipe? A delicious cocktail? A trade secret? Stay tuned to find out!

Cuba has the mojito, Mexico has the margarita, and Puerto Rico has the piña colada as their most famous and misunderstood drink. We say misunderstood, where a more apt description is badly made. It’s Puerto Rico’s national drink, but usually it’s created in some horrible adult slushy machine out of cheap rum and coconut flavored sludge. A properly prepared piña colada is both delicious, refreshing, and will get you tore up. “But Tu Vez, isn’t that a girly drink?” Well, ask yourself this: “Would Ernest Hemingway drink a girly drink?” Nope. He loved piña coladas and he’d punch your teeth out if you called it a girly drink in his presence. So would we.

Piña Colada

3 Oz or white rum. To do it up in true Boriqua style, use a PR rum like Don Q.

2 Oz cream of coconut NOT coconut milk. Try to find one that is actual coconut cream like Coco Lopez and not some flavored goop. For the real deal see recipe the below

2 Oz pineapple juice

1 sliced wedge of fresh pineapple

1 Maraschino cherry

Some small pieces of shaved coconut

Lots of crushed ice

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until it is a smooth consistency. Garnish the glass with the pineapple, cherry, and a sprinkling of shredded coconut. If you need more rum to drown out the pain of life, go ahead and add more. We won’t judge you. If you want to go real old school, you can make your own coconut cream. Shred the meat of one coconut to make one part and add another equal part of milk. Put it in a pot and stir it constantly until it comes to a boil. Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth into a bowl, getting out all the precious elixir. The resulting liquid is coconut milk, which isn’t what we want. Let it sit in the fridge overnight, and like delicious Caribbean magic, the solid stuff will separate from the water. The stuff on top is coconut cream. Try it, it’s worth it.

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