Latin Twist: Holiday Cocktails, Part 1


Family friendly cocktails? Yes! After all, we want everyone to join into the holiday festivities–even those who don’t imbibe!

Of course there are many was to adapt and create holiday cocktails so that there are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. I was asked to do a pre-Thanksgiving Telemundo segment for next week with three cocktails, and they gave me one citerion:  all the drinks have to be para toda la familia, for the whole family. Here’s the first of this trinity: The Belize Cocktail.

holiday cocktail 1This drink has such a simple yet fabulous combination of ingredients reminiscent of the Piña Colada. It’s gorgeous and delicious, and says fiesta! The components are few: fresh pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut water, coconut milk, and cream of coconut. Of course a cherry (I prefer them without the dye!) and another chunk of pineapple are make a great garnish.

This version of the Belize Cocktail, like it’s alcoholic cousin, is also simple to prepare: Basically you combine the fresh pineapple, juice, and coconut water, milk, and cream (the last one is optional!) with ice in a shaker, shake, and pour!  Of course you can adjust it depending on what you like, AND you can make it by the pitcher, which is perfect for holiday serving. Now for those who would like to include additional options, I wrote about the alcoholic version  here this summer!

¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!




About Author

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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