I’ll be totally straightforward with you guys–my husband does not like this drink. He thinks it’s a “chick drink.” I think it’s probably the cranberry juice because heaven forbid he like something that’s good for him–if he could hook himself up to a Mountain Dew I.V., he probaby would. It also probably explains his kidney stone a few years ago. Okay, enough about my husband’s urinary tract.
Anyway, I love this drink. It’s sweet, it’s tart, it’s tangy. A tiny bit tropical. I like the cranberry juice because the color and flavor reminds me of grenadine, but it’s cheaper and more flavorful than grenadine. I think the citrus and cranberry make it a fabulous drink for a brunch, although you could make arguments for just about any time of day or season. I do think it’s a perfect drink for a girly evening, although don’t let that deter any of you guys out there who are dying to try it! Also, if you drink alcohol, you could replace the ginger ale with champagne to be extra festive!
2 c. pineapple juice
2 c. cranberry juice
1 (11.5 oz.) can apricot or mango nectar
1/2 c. FRESH lime juice (about 4-5 limes)
2 12-oz. cans ginger ale (or 3 c.)
Combine pineapple juice, cranberry juice, “nectar,” and lime juice.
Chill until ready to serve. When ready, you can either mix the ginger ale with the juice-ish mixture or you can mix the drinks 2 parts juice, one part ginger ale. Serve over lots of ice. Garnish with fresh fruit and a little paper umbrealla if you feel the urge!
CUTTING FRUIT SHAPES
So I thought it would be fun to garnish the glasses with mango cut into shapes. I cut the mango into 4 pieces as per Sara’s instructions.
I used some teeny, tiny cookie cutters I got at William-Sonoma and cut into the fruit while it was still on the skin. Then I inverted the skin and cut the stars off with a sharp knife. I cut a slit halfway through it and voila! I could slide it right onto the glass! You could do it with any fruit that’s big, smooth, and firm enough to handle being cut–apples, bananas, melons, etc.