Sunday 9 July 2017

National Pina Colada Day got me like...

I'm not usually a huge fan of creamy alcohol (Baileys? Eurgh... and don't get me started on espresso martinis), but my one exception is the Pina Colada. 

I had my first taste of this coconutty, pineapply cocktail when I was fourteen on the deck of a cruise ship with my mum and sister. All I can remember is thinking, 'if this is what alcohol tastes like, I can see why some adults become addicted'. Unfortunately, not all alcohol is quite as delicious - and people definitely don't get addicted to alcohol because of the taste.

Since then - and I think this is the case for a lot of folk - I've associated Pina Coladas with holiday. In fact, it doesn't feel like a holiday until I've had my first satisfying sip. I tend not to have Pina Coladas at home, just in case my brain gets confused and goes into vacation mode. But if you're just a little bit crazy, here's a delicious recipe to celebrate National Pina Colada Day (just stick on Love Island, grab a blow-up flamingo pool float and pretend that you're on the east coast of Majorca):


50ml Malibu rum
50ml pineapple juice
30ml coconut cream 
Wedge of pineapple


1.Pour all the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice, and shake well.
2.Strain the mixture into a chilled glass.
3.Slide the wedge of pineapple onto the rim of the glass, then finish off with a tiny umbrella.


If you're a fan of all things tropical, and National Pina Colada Day has inspired you to do a cheeky bit of shopping, I've put together a wishlist of my favourite tropical themed homeware, beauty and fashion. Nail the vibe with palm prints, gold hardware and the odd splash of hot pink.

1. Leaf Cushion, £56.99 - Wayfair
2. Hoola Quickie Contour Stick, £23.50 - Benefit
3. Palm Print Shorts, £12 - Boohoo
4. By Terry Sun Designer Palette, £65 - Cult Beauty
5. Tropical Print Skirt, £24 - Dorothy Perkins
6. Pineapple Jewellery Tray, £4.99 - New Look
7. Pinita Colada Body Wash, £3.50 - The Body Shop
8. Palm Print Playsuit, £49 - Topshop
9. ghd V Gold Amber Sunshine Styler, £119 - Very


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