It must be cocktail hour somewhere in the world, right? I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly care for the taste of hard liquor. A full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon allowed to mature for at least 5 years is a delight to the senses. On a warm summer night, nothing can compare to a well-chilled crisp, late harvest wine. But hard liquors? Thanks, but no thanks. For me, a good cocktail is one that doesn’t taste like liquor and sneaks up on you. One minute your are standing tall, the next sliding out of your chair.
Pink Ladies came into my life way back in my single days (you know, when dinosaurs ruled the world). A few of the ladies from work were stopping by my apartment for a Girl’s Night In. Love Girl’s Night In – food to nibble on, pretty drinks, and fun conversation. I wanted to serve something pretty. Something that didn’t taste like “booze” (yuck!). The thought process when something like this: I like ice cream. I like strawberries. I like pink lemonade and whipped cream. So why not mix it all in a blender with a lot of rum? And so The Pink Lady was born.
The combination of strawberries (for sweetness) and pink lemonade (with just the right amount of pucker-power) blended with vanilla ice cream would make a nice “virgin” drink. Add to that a healthy amount of rum, and you have a cocktail that is smooth as silk and oh so tasty – dessert in a glass. Just be careful, the rum will sneak up on you.
1 Liter Light Rum (more if desired)
½ Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
1 Bag Frozen Strawberries
1 Can Frozen Pink Lemonade
Whipped Cream for topping
Fresh Strawberries, 1 for each drink
Assorted Glasses and straws, 1 for each drink
Place frozen strawberries and pink lemonade into a blender and puree. Add about half the rum and ice cream and blend until smooth. Add remaining ice cream and rum and continue blending until smooth.
Pour mixture into chilled glasses. Top with whipped cream. Garnish each glass with a fresh strawberry. Insert straw into glass and serve. (For shorter glasses, cut straws to fit).