Mexican Drinks

The 2 drinks I really only get in Mexico:

Pina Coladas
Auga de Sandia

Pina Coladas are in fact delicious when made with fresh pineapple, good rum, and rich coconut cream. In looking for recipes the Pina Coladas’ Wickipedia entry lists a number of origin stories but I like the one that says a pirate gave it to his crew to boost moral in the 1800s. The basic recipe  is:

– 1 part rum
– 2 parts pineapple juice (use fresh pineapple in your blender here)
– 2 parts coconut cream
– 1 cup crushed ice
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy in the sun.

Now Auga de Sandia is good whenever you have a cold watermelon. It’s about the most refreshing best thing ever and as many times as I attempt to make it into a cocktail, if your watermelon is fresh and fruity and sweet and full of water-melon flavor, there is nothing better than just straight up watermelon juice. Here’s the drill: throw some cold watermelon, seeds still in, peel removed, in your blender. Blend. That’s it. The seeds will sink to the bottom or you can strain through cheese cloth. Mmmmmm.