Winter in Florida isn’t really a thing most years.
Seasons in general are an overall iffy subject in the sunshine state.
Although this year, it’s already chilly, usually we don’t start getting “cold” days until later in December or January. It’s not uncommon for us to be celebrating Christmas in shorts and flip flops! And that’s just how I like it, honestly. The coastal Florida climate had me inspired to create something that captures my idea of a Christmas paradise. And so, the Mele Kalikimaka Colada was born. This drink is for sure tropical, but it also has a warm note of holiday spice.
2020 has done a number on us all…
I don’t know about you, but I’d love to be on an island right about now. I haven’t taken a vacation since September last year, and I’m craving the Caribbean Sea. Sadly, since we are people who follow heath and safety guidelines of medical and scientific professionals, we can’t go island hopping anytime soon. But this drink serves as a stand in for a tropical vacation. Who knows, after a few, you might even be able to fool yourself into thinking you’re on vacation!
Mele Kalikimaka means “Merry Christmas,” in Hawaiian.
And this coconutty concoction is guaranteed to give you all sorts of islandy Christmas vibes. Coconut rum, Rum Haven coconut water rum, and Trader Vic’s macadamia nut liquor combine forces with coconut milk and ice in this blended beverage. Cinnamon syrup serves as an extra dash of holiday spice, and lime juice brings a tart and tangy finish to the mix. Because everyone knows you put the lime in the coconut and drink ‘em both up. If you’re still longing for the islands, you can top it all off with a Coruba dark rum floater. Which, you already know I’m going to tell you is a good idea.
Frozen Coconut Colada
This tropical colada blends the islands and the holidays into a refreshing cup of cheer.
- 1 oz Coconut Rum
- 1 oz Coconut Water Rum
- 1 oz Macadamia Liqueur
- 2 oz Coconut Milk
- ½ oz Lime Juice
- ½ oz Cinnamon Syrup
- 2 Handfuls Ice
- Dark Rum Float
- Combine all ingredients except Dark Rum in jar of a blender.
- Blend until mixed.
- Pour into glass of choice–I love these double-walled glasses from Bodum.
- Top with Dark Rum Float and garnish with grated cinnamon.