Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Drinks, Boat. See also Beach and Rum

As we continue on our journey to the ultimate beach life, I feel now is a good time to impart some actual, test kitchen tested, wisdom.


Here it is:

Nothing tastes better, as you happily sit reading your funny, brightly covered beach read after dousing yourself in Coppertone while humming My Love, than a nice frosty beverage.

Earth shattering?


But, hear me out.

Beach drinks are just as important to the overall attitude as the right book and the appropriate amount of sunscreen.

Clearly no one wants a frosty glass of milk while sitting on a sandy beach in 90 degree weather.

Nor should one jug an energy drink. Come on. The whole point of beach life is to SLOW DOWN. Not speed up on concentrated sugar and caffeine.

An nice soft drink, appropriately chilled can be delightful, especially if you squeeze a little lemon or lime in. And if you can find it in an actual glass bottle all the better.

Water is always welcome, still or fizzy. And if you're feeling fancy, mineral and fizzy mineral. Again, with a squeeze of lime.

Certain people will swear by a cold beer, can-bottle-glass.

Others prefer tequila based drinks.

But as the self proclaimed, premier, Landlocked Beach Life influencer, I am here to tell you that a great RUM drink can not be beat.

Sure, sure, you say rum and blenders automatically jump to the frozen daiquiri. Delicious and not without health benefits. You know, from the strawberries. 
12 oz bag frozen strawberries
6 oz light rum
4 oz lime juice
5Tbs sugar

Certain firemen I know will reggae round to the Dirty Banana. Frosty, creamy, hints of chocolate. One million calories.
 1 1/4 oz light rum
1/4 oz creme de banana
1oz rum cream
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz coconut cream
1/2 fresh banana
add ice and blend

Purists will insist on a real Hemingway daiquiri, my personal rum drink favorite. Romantic, literary. Clean, sweet with a hint of tart. No wonder Ernie said write drunk...
2 oz light rum
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
add ice and shake until chilled
strain and serve in a chilled cocktail glass 
(argument has is that this drink also has a splash of maraschino liquor and a splash of grapefruit juice. I like them both ways but prefer the simpler version. The liquor and grapefruit are hard to balance.

These things being said, I have to say that the absolute best beach life drink, hands down on my deck, is the Caipirinha.

While those other rum drinks are made from white rum from the Caribbean, the Caprianha is made of Cachaca – a Brazilian rum distilled not from molasses but from the actual sugar cane. I first had one of these delightful, fragrant drinks at Yemanja, a local Brazilian restaurant.

I immediately went out, purchased a $20 bottle of Cachaca from our local creepy alcohol store and promptly wasted half the bottle trying to master the delicate balance of powdered sugar to lime to rum.

While I will never live down those first 1/2 cup powdered sugar paste drinks, I have finally mastered the proportions and now, I am imparting that wisdom on you, my budding Beach Babies.

The Caipirinha
2 oz cachaca
1 lime - 1/2 cut in quarters, the other half juiced
3-4 healthy teaspoons powdered sugar
Be sure to remove the sticker off the limes. The stone heads in the background are singing Boat Drinks.*
Muddle the powdered sugar with the lime quarters and remaining lime juice if you find your lime quarters are not super juicy. This will make a super sticky paste.
Add the rum and fill the shaker with good ice.
This is NOT good ice. This is ice cube tray ice from the freezer. GOOD ICE is that amazing tiny cubed stuff from the gas station which I always forget to buy and always ask my friends to pick up when they are coming over for cocktails.
Now shake that shaker until it is so cold your hands stick to it.
Pour into a brightly colored glass, to match your brightly colored book cover and 
I give you the Caipirinha. Best served with a side of beach music. More on that later...

As always - Drink Responsibly, preferably in your own backyard or within walking distance of your hotel room, unless you have super understanding friends or a revolving account with Uber.

Coast of Illinois's SECRETS to a Landlocked Beach Life***
D - Drinks, may all your responsibly enjoyed drinks be boat/beach drinks*
This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. Click on the link, page down to the comments and check out some of the other posts from participants! 

*Boat Drinks, for those who don't know, is a wonderful song by Jimmy Buffett
***Please not the name change! Rules are just so sever sounding. Secrets are much more intriguing if you ask me.


  1. I'm not a drinker and sometimes I wish I was just so I could enjoy all these interesting mixed drinks. I'll have to settle for a mocktail while I'm reclining on that beach lounge :)
    Leanne | cresting the hill

    1. I was a little worried that this post would make me look like a lush. Truthfully, most days I enjoy a nice Perrier with lime or a good cup of coffee! I think you could recreate the dirty banana with frozen fruit, coconut cream and milk or coconut ice cream, and chocolate syrup. Now I am going to gaff to try it....

  2. Love strawberry daiquiris. This post brought me sunshine on a miserable day. Thanks for sharing. Find me here. LINK

    1. When we were first married, the strawberry daquiri was our go-to. My friend and I were always on grocery runs to get the fixins!

  3. Love strawberry daiquiris. This post brought me sunshine on a miserable day. Thanks for sharing. Find me here. LINK

  4. You had me at rum! I also don't drink as much as I may have in my younger days, but I still enjoy a good umbrella drink now and then.
    OMG - the Stone Heads! Love them!!!!
    Lisa / Tales from the Love Shaque

    1. I have a box of umbrellas somewhere but couldn't find them for the post! -sad face-
      And yes, the Stone Heads are a riot.

  5. For me, there's nothing like a pina colada on the beach! I don't have them any other time, but when I'm on the beach that is my drink! Heidi visiting from the A to Z Challenge at, Decibel Memos (Perspectives absent of sound)

  6. The drink sounds fabulous! Mine is a mojito... the Stone Heads are hilarious....great blog!

    1. Aaahhh, the mojito...the lunchtime cocktail....


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