I’ve mentioned before about some of the food holidays that someone or other has designated in the past. While I can’t help but find the whole concept a bit odd, many of them make a bit of sense time-wise at least with produce that’s in season, for example. However when I looked up today it made me giggle a bit. I know saying it’s both piña colada day and pick blueberries day shouldn’t really, but the fact this is PICK blueberries day seemed kind of amusing to me. You see, the whole month is dedicated to blueberries in general and tomorrow is blueberry muffin day as well. Seems a bit greedy to me, blueberries, I don’t think any other fruit gets that kind of attention. Plus most days seem like a celebration of a food or drink, while ‘pick blueberries’ feels like more of an order. What if you can’t go that day? Will they all go rotten? Surely it depends where you are if that’s the best day? Although well coordinated to have blueberry muffin day the next day.
However despite all that, it did give me the idea for this blueberry piña colada. I made it as a mocktail, but it could easily be a proper alcoholic version too, I just haven’t road-tested the exact amount of rum (so below is an estimate), given my current state, so you’ll have to do that for me.
Trying to be (fairly) good over this never-ending period of baby incubation, I have, as last time, found there are only so many drinks that appeal, particularly if I am out. I’m not a fan of sodas (or fizzy drinks as I would say in the UK) at all – about the only fizzy drink that makes sense to me is beer, or sometimes fresh orange juice with sparkling water – and while I’ll drink orange and apple juice at home, I rarely get them out as they are nearly always from concentrate which I find has a weird taste. Plus, I can only drink about a glass as any more is too much sweetness. I know, call me fussy. Last time I was pregnant I was largely in the UK and got in to drinking ginger beer now and again as you could get some with a really good ginger flavor, but they are pretty rare here. I do find myself drawn to the mocktail list if there is one, but they always seem incredibly expensive for what they are and can seem uninspiring. So often just water it is, and I save my more interesting smoothie and other drink-consuming for home.
This blueberry piña colada when made with rum is, I imagine for now, a nice twist on the original as a cocktail, and as a mocktail, it makes for a deliciously refreshing drink for the summer months. As with a regular piña colada, this is an incredibly easy drink to make, just throw things in the blender and blend until smooth. I would say drink fairly soon after making it as it may separate a little if left around, plus it’s worth enjoying it cold. You can use fresh or frozen fruit for this, the frozen helps keep it nice and cool but with pineapple at last it may not have such a strong flavor, I found, so you may want to adjust the amount a little. If you use all fresh, you may want a little more ice and no water to make it nice and cool.
It makes a nice change from some other mocktails as it’s not too watery, it isn’t fizzy, it’s not overly sweet and is verging into smoothie territory in consistency. But all that to me makes for a wonderfully drinkable, refreshing summer’s drink that I’ll definitely be making again.
A delicious, creamy and fruity drink that works both as a cocktail or mocktail.
- 1/2 cup coconut milk 120ml, I used culinary coconut milk so it's well blended
- 1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup pineapple fresh or frozen (possibly a little more if frozen)
- 1/2 cup ice topped up with water no water and a little more ice if all fresh fruit
- 2 tsp honey or less to taste
- 1 oz white rum 35ml, if making alcoholic version
Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.