"This winter cocktail is a festive version of the piña colada! Blue curacao and shredded coconut help give this drink it's wintry flair."
I’ve been doing my best to work as little as possible this week, and I’m sure you’re right there with me.
It’s the holidays.
It’s the end of the year.
If there was any time to catch a breather before we start fresh in 2016, it’s right now, amirite?
Or at least, that’s been my mission this week. I’m just trying to keep everything low key and ride out the rest of the 2015 with as little fanfare as possible.
Now, don’t get me wrong – it’ll be bittersweet to see 2015 go down in the history books. This year has been chock-full of wonderful highs and challenging lows, many of which culminated into me fulfilling a dream I’ve had since I was sixteen, so you know what?
I’m going to party like it’s 1998 and act like I’m preparing for Y2K. Or in other words, I’m going to listen to a lot of *NSYNC and do absolutely nothing absolutely nothing while I wait for someone else to handle all the big decisions.
Well, I guess I could muster up the motivation to do one tiny thing… like, say, mix myself a festive drink (or six?) to help pass the time while I’m busy avoiding all those pesky responsibilities.
… And that’s the part where this tasty Jack Frost Cocktail comes in.
Now, as a general rule, I’m not usually a big fan of coconut flavor… unless it’s in a mixed drink.
Because what’s a rule without an exception, right?
And it helps that the coconut in this drink reminds me of a delicious piña colada. And who here doesn’t love a piña colada? Plus, the blue curacao gives this drink that little extra “something” (plus a festive blue color!) to keep things interesting.
I’ll admit that I didn’t snack on the shredded coconut that around the rim of this glass and simply appreciated it for the super cute look, but you could totally do that if you wanted to.
I mean, really.
We won’t look. No judgment here.
You go ahead and celebrate your new year by drinking your winter cocktail and eating it, too.
You deserve it!
Jack Frost Cocktail
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup vodka or light rum
- 1/2 cup Blue Curacao
- 1/2 cup cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
- 3 cup ice cubes
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp water
- shredded coconut for garnish
- In a small microwave safe bowl, add sugar and water and mix. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, then microwave for 1 minute more. Sugar mixture should be thick but moveable. If sugar mixture is still too runny, microwave in 15 second incriments until desired consitency is reached.
- Add shredded coconut to a plate, separating the pieces so there are no large clumps. Using a spatula, dab the sugar mixture along the outside of the glasses near the rim, then roll glasses in the shredded coconut. Set glasses aside.
- Add pineapple juice, vodka, blue curacao, cream of coconut, and ice cubes to a blender. Pulse until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
- Pour Jack Frost Cocktail into prepared glasses. Serve immediately.