As I sit on my porch, I close my eyes, enjoying the breeze and dreaming of the Caribbean. I picture the beach, I hear the waves crashing onshore, I see the beautiful sunset and then I’m startled and my eyes fly open to realize I’m just in East TN 😂 To take me back I decided to make a tropical drink and bring the Caribbean to me. As with so many recipes I post, this too begins with a store bought component.  I mean, if it can be semi homemade and still taste great, than why not? I take a store bought mix and layer in the tropical flavors.

Pina colada 

  • 3 C crushed ice
  • 4 shots pina colada mix
  • 1 shot white rum
  • 1 shot pineapple rum
  • 1 shot coconut rum
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • 2 scoops coconut gelato

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth. Pour in glass and float a TB of dark rum on top. Enjoy and cheers!