Now that’s a sassy title for a Tuesday morning. I’ll be honest, I’m not usually a fan of things labelled ‘skinny.’ It’s not that I don’t want to be healthy, but the connotation is one of substitution or filler or, worse yet, the subliminal reminder that, as a woman, I constantly need to focus on being ‘skinny’ to increase my perceived value. This being said… I am a marketing gal by day and even I had to admit that ‘healthi(er)’ or ‘lightened up’ just didn’t work the mojo for this recipe. Skinny b*tch, it is. Sometimes you just have to go for the buzz words.
Jargon. Revenue streams. Synergy.
(or, in food blogging- Vegan. Gluten-free. Skinny.)
Patio season and bikini season are… the same season. I looove the warm weather, I love sitting on a sunny patio enjoying a bevvy or three with my friends, I love flouncing around in a bikini with total confidence. (Easier said than done.)
Alcohol is empty calories, that’s the hard truth. It will bloat you, it will dehydrate you. But, that doesn’t mean you have to abstain completely.
These piña coladas substitute coconut water in place of coconut cream, making them much less calorically dense than a traditional colada. You still get all the coconutty flavour from the coconut water and the coconut rum, and all the wonderful frothy creaminess from whizzing it up in a blender, but you’re saved from consuming a meal’s worth of calories in one wee drink. (because, let’s face it, the Piña Colada is the Frappuccino of alcoholic drinks- delicious, but pretty much dessert in a cup)
It certainly doesn’t hurt that coconut water is amped full of nutrients and electrolytes so it’ll also help cushion the blow of that hangover (or potentially even stave off completely if you don’t drink tooooo many, no judgement).
I did a lot of recipe testing with this drink, and not just because it was fun (although it certainly was). At first, I just combined coconut water, pineapple, rum and regular ice cubes in the blender but I found it got too diluted. What I was left with was a very watered down piña colada, and no one wants that. I finally hit the sweet spot when I froze the coconut water into cubes, substituting the plain water ones. I’m sure you could reverse the two and freeze the pineapple juice instead and add liquid coconut water… hmmm… maybe I should continue to recipe test this. (okay, now I’m just looking for an excuse)
In short, don’t substitute regular ice cubes- that’s the biggest trick with this recipe- freeze one of your liquids so that the whole drink stays flavourful and punchy and undiluted.
|Skinny B*tch Piña Coladas|| |
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup coconut water, frozen in cubes (approximately 8 standard cubes)
- 1 Tbsp pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1-2 oz coconut rum* (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and puree on high until frothy.