Mele Kalikimaka

22 Dec

We are more than a little jealous of friends spending Christmas on the beach in Hawaii.

During this — the shortest, darkest day of the year — here is a little island sunshine for an inspired cocktail hour: a round of tropical drinks and seared scallops with coconut, mango and avocado. Good excuse to crack into that bottle of Malibu banana.

Here’s the recipe for the Lava Flow at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel:

Muddle in the bottom of a Boston shaker glass:

2 fresh strawberries
1-2 in. slice of banana

Fill shaker glass with ice and then add:

1 oz. coconut cream (Coco Lopez)
1 oz. pineapple juice
1.5 oz. Mount Gay Rum (or other golden rum)

Cover with top of the Boston shaker, shake vigorously. Pour into a hurricane glass. Garnish pineapple wedge and paper parasol. Enjoy.

(A boozier version: to pureed strawberry and banana, add 1 oz. coconut rum, 1 oz. light rum, 2 oz. pineapple juice, 2 oz. coconut cream)

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