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I have no idea if this raw pina colada smoothie tastes anything like the original version, because I’ve never tasted one.
In fact, I’ve never been drunk.
I got tipsy a few times sharing wine spritzers with my mum, and there was that one party at uni where I decided to go hog wild and drank half a glass of Kahlua in milk.
Yuck. I felt so horrid being even mildly intoxicated that I never did it again.
So I’m no expert on cocktails.
But this raw pina colada smoothie does have pineapple and coconut milk, and it’s super delicious, which is good enough for me.
Apparently Piña Colada means ‘strained pinecones’. Who knew?
There’s definitely no pinecones in this version, and no straining either.
But there is the rich and creamy taste of coconut milk perfectly balanced with the tang of fresh pineapple, and melded together with banana, dates and vanilla.
And of course there’s umbrellas.
It has to be a perfectly constructed mocktail – it has an umbrella.
And we all know that’s what makes something a cocktail, right?
I do love these paper umbrellas, though.
I always loved those rare occasions when I’d get one as a kid, and I love it that I now have
excuses opportunities to use them.
I even have my very own bag of them. And they’re so precious.
Tiny paper umbrellas. It’s the little things.
Anyway, back to this raw pina colada smoothie.
Creamy, delicious, so perfect for a warm summer’s day. Or frankly a cold winter’s day if you’re in the mood for it.
I’m a bit bummed right now because I can’t get a hold of fresh pineapples from my local organic greengrocer.
They’re out of season, so now I have to wait before I can have more of this dreamy drink.
Buying organic and local is great. I love it.
But I realised just how accustomed I’d become to the all-year-round imported produce approach of the big supermarket chains, because I expected everything to be available all of the time, whenever I wanted it. It’s just always been that way.
So this only buying “in season” produce takes some getting used to. But it is a great incentive to get creative.
If you’re lucky enough to have fresh pineapple in your local greengrocers, then it must be time to whip up a batch of this raw pina colada smoothie.
And sit yourself in a comfy chair somewhere, slowly sipping away, and dreaming about tropical islands and sandy beaches.
Did I mention the tiny paper umbrellas?