Monday, June 19, 2017

Mixed Drink Monday: Pineapple Rum Punch

I love a good frozen drink in the summer (as evidenced by here, and here, and here, and plenty more!) but I also love the kind that don't require a mixer, where you just throw a whole bunch of things in a pitcher, add some ice, give it a stir, and you have ready made drinks for the weekend (or day).

This Rum Punch is exactly that kind of drink which makes it perfect for lazy days at the lake or around pool (even if it's just the inflatable variety in the backyard).  The hardest thing about making it might be opening a can of pineapple juice, depending on how nice your can opener is (what I've recently discovered: our Kitchenaid one isn't very nice, even if it is a pretty blue).

I've really been feeling the coconut and pineapple flavors this summer, they just seem so perfectly summery.  I would highly recommend coconut rum if you have it (we didn't).  We made a Wal-Mart stop on our way to the lake this time (looking for our favorite Bud Select bottled beer which is somehow really hard to find) and the only coconut rums they had were more than what I know I'd pay at the liquor store down the street from our house (which is very hard to go to when I always have a 4 year old tagalong...for some reason they don't like that).  So vanilla rum it was which was fine but definitely hoping to get coconut for the next time I make this.  Which there will definitely be a next time since in my book, this is almost a perfect summer drink.

If you have a really good memory you may realize this is rather similar to a drink I posted last summer, this Pineapple Coconut Spritzer which was also fantastic but had a whole FIVE ingredients instead of THREE in this one (not including ice).  So depending on how prevalent OJ and coconut water are in your pantry, that might determine which you make (and after writing a whole paragraph on our lack of coconut rum this time, I was amused to see I didn't have it to make that drink either, apparently being out of coconut rum is a thing here).

Either way, you can't go wrong with this drink.  I drank almost the whole pitcher in the course of a weekend and it was perfect for those hot, sunny, lazy, summer days.  

Pineapple Rum Punch
yield: 6-8 servings
-24 ounces (2 cans) ginger ale
-24 ounces (3 cups) pineapple juice
-1 cup rum (recommend coconut if you have it!)
-pineapple to garnish (optional - I only had one and wanted to use it as a photo prop and so I didn't have any chunks for my drink!)

Stir together the ginger ale, pineapple juice, and rum in a large pitcher.  Add ice.  Refrigerate.  Enjoy!

Source: slightly modified from A Night Owl Blog

In the summer I aim to make a new drink every week and share them all here, good or bad!  See them all in chronological order by following the "Mixed Drink Monday" tag here or check out my favorites by scrolling down to "Mixed Drink Monday" on my recipes page!  

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