It’s only June — not even really summer yet — and Wisconsin is already in the middle of a heatwave. Mind you, I’m not complaining about the warm weather; I’m complaining about the heat. Despite my Puerto Rican roots, hot — oh, so hot — heat and humidity are not my thing. And while water is the best way to cool off, sometimes a refreshing summer drink is just what you need. This recipe is cool and invigorating, perfect for those hot, summer nights. Remember, it’s still only June.
If you can’t find pineapple-coconut rum, try coconut rum or a coconut or pineapple infused vodka or rum instead.
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Pineapple coconut splash
1 46-ounce can (not from concentrate) pineapple juice (I prefer Dole)
1 cup Country Time lemonade mix
2 cups water
2 cans Sprite
Pineapple-coconut rum, to taste (Calico, Malibu or your choice)
Pour the first four ingredients into a tall pitcher, and mix well. (Can be enjoyed by children up to this point.) Fill a highball or long drink glass with ice, add a shot (or two) of the rum, top off with the juice mixture, sit back, relax and enjoy. You’re welcome.