When you have kids there are so many things you can’t wait to share with them. For me, it’s the stuff that makes me super happy. Things like a beloved family vacation spot, music, TV and movies from my youth and delicious goodies my mom used to make for me and my sister. I was flipping through my “family cookbook,” which is a binder of recipes my mom put together for me when I moved out of her house. I came across this crazy delicious Pina Colada Slush recipe and knew I had to make it for my kids (and you guys!). I remember my mom making this for us in summer. It’s sweet, frosty, and a total vacation in a glass. It’s easy to make and is the perfect summer recipe. I knew my kids would love it the way I did when I was little. And I have no idea why I haven’t made this for them before!
This post is created in partnership with Netflix. I’m a #StreamTeam member and each month I get to create a post based on a theme. This month is all about sharing things from our youth with our own kids. Thanks for supporting the brands that let me share these memories with you! The ingredients are basically what you would find in an adult version of a pina colada. Only this one is non-alcoholic and fizzy. It’s SO refreshing! This won’t be the last time I make it this summer. That’s for sure. It does take some planning ahead, however, so plan accordingly. First you blend the canned pineapple and the cream of coconut (found in the liquor area of the grocery store) together in a blender so it’s pretty smooth. I totally pulled a Sharon and got pineapple tidbits even though my list said to get crushed…I don’t think it really matters, although there might be a little more liquid in the tidbits. Long story short, I didn’t ruin it. It still turned out delicious. Once that is blended up really well, you add the pineapple juice and give it a stir. Place the punch in a storage bag. I doubled the bag to make it a little stronger. It was REALLY full so I didn’t feel good about laying it flat in the freezer. Although I could have laid it on a cookie sheet, I guess…I just had visions of it leaking ALL over everywhere…and I’m totally mess averse.I froze it in the bag set in a tall bowl. It’s supposed to freeze for 24 hours. Mine was not frozen all the way through, probably because of the thickness. It was the consistency of a sorbet that was slightly softened, so it was actually perfect. Per my mother’s instructions, you should let the frozen part sit out for about an hour before adding the club soda. But I waited about 5 minutes. If yours is frozen all the way, you may have to leave it out longer. As this is called a slush, I wanted to make sure it remained slushy and it was a pretty hot day. In any event, you want to add the club soda just before serving. For this part, I transferred the concoction to a large pitcher to make it more manageable. And then I let my son pour in the club soda. The kids could hardly wait to try it. He gave it a little stir and then I checked the consistency. While there is a lot of liquid, there are also several pockets of extra slushy deliciousness. You guys! This pina colada slush recipe is so good! I could barely get the photos taken before the boys stole their cups from me.
It makes a ton! I almost walked around my neighborhood so I could share it with everyone…but I’m lazy and I didn’t. And because I knew we would want more. It’s the perfect summer beverage. And of course you can add rum if you want to…It’s like stepping back in to my childhood when I drink it. I remember eating this in the backyard with our feet in the pool on warm summer evenings. I think I’ll put these ingredients on my next grocery list so I can have them on hand…YUM!
Pina Colada Slush
- 1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
- 2 15 oz. cans of cream of coconut I think it only comes in plastic squeeze bottles now and can be found in the liquor area of your grocery store
- 1 46 oz. can pineapple juice
- 1 32 oz. bottle of club soda
- Combine crushed pineapple and cream of coconut in a blender jar.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add pineapple juice and give it a quick stir.
- Pour in to a gallon freezer bag and place in freezer, at least overnight but up to 24 hours.
- Depending on how frozen your drink mixture is, you may need to let it stand for 5 minutes up to an hour.
- Add club soda just before serving.
- Give it a little stir then pour in to serving cups.
Here is what else I’ve shared with the boys:
Jem and the Holograms: This was my JAM when I was little. At first my 9-year-old said, this is a girly show. But very quickly his mind was changed. There is intrigue, deception, super cool talking holograms and rad 80’s music. Both boys were way more in to it than I expected them to be. It was so fun to experience with them!
And I heard my youngest ask “What’s Dumbo?” the other day so that is on our list for summer.
And here are some that I can’t wait to share with them (when they get a bit older):
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Grease
And I freaking can’t wait for Fuller House since Full House was my favorite Friday night activity growing up!