Friday, July 08, 2011

Lava flows

We took a trip to Hawaii about a year and a half ago with my parents. What I knew I wanted out of the trip were the following:

1) To lie comatose in the sun for seven days. 
2) To be comatose because I was drinking volcanoes.

So as my mother and I lay on chaise lounges in the sun, my dad skipped off to procure said volcanoes. What he returned with did not resemble the volcano I remembered. I was liquidy, had about seven kinds of alcohol in it, and promptly turned the whole lot of us into zombies. I staggered back to my room and fell asleep face down, an open bottle of water in my hand. 

We soon realized we wanted lava flows, not volcanoes. Lava flow: An alcoholic, delicious smoothie. Volcano: An alcoholic, not delicious date rape drug.

Long story short: My husband loves lava flows and finally convinced me we should make some at home. He was right. Still alcoholic. Still delicious. 

You start out with strawberries, bananas, two kinds of rum, coconut cream (don't worry, I don't know what it is, either), and pineapple juice. 

You blend a bunch of strawberries up and pour the puree into two glasses. You're supposed to use hurricane glasses, but I don't have those.

 Then you pour the alcohol into the puree and stir it up. Yum. 

 Then you plop your coconut cream, bananas, and pineapple juice into the blender.

And then -- and this is the most important step -- you heap a ton of ice into the blender. If you don't put in enough ice, it will turn out WRONG. You don't want that. What you see in the photo above is enough ice for two lava flows.

 Then blend. Yum.

Then make an enormous mess while pouring the banana mixture into the strawberry mixture with one hand and taking photos with the other hand. Make sure the focus is on the wrong thing.

Then admire your handiwork. It is a thing of beauty, isn't it? Pop a straw in there and go to town. 

These are kind of filling -- I mean, they each have a whole banana in them, plus a bunch of other junk, so you probably want to have one as, like, a mid-afternoon snack or something. Or a late night snack. Or breakfast.


Lava flow (makes 1)

2 ounces strawberry puree
1 ounce light rum
1 ounce coconut rum
1 banana, sliced
2 ounces coconut cream (I found this at BevMo)
2 ounces pineapple juice

Pour strawberry puree and rums in a glass, and mix. Set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in blender with approximately two cups ice, and blend. Pour blended mixture into strawberry mixture. Enjoy.

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