Aloha Friday has arrived and this frozen rum drink will help you celebrate

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It’s Aloha Friday, and I got me this shirt.

I love rum and tiki themed parties, so Aloha Friday seems like a no brainer. For years though I’ve let Aloha Friday pass uncelebrated week after week. That all changed when someone at Cuisinart offered me a blender. That’s all the inspiration I needed to start a party.

Let me start by saying that I have a natural affinity for Aloha Friday. In high school our student section wore Hawaiian shirts while cheering for our basketball games. Why? Who knows.

My college fraternity, Theta Chi, threw a party every week called Tiki Tuesday. Obviously we were too broke to buy fancy things like rum and/or juices, but we threw on our best beach wear, put up some umbrellas, and pretended we were playing beer pong in the tropics.

Most noteworthy is my uncle, Steve Dahl. He was known for partying in Hawaiian shirts and even has a song called Aloha Friday. It seemed only fitting that I carry on the legacy.

Not sure I pull of the shirt all that well

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Resurrecting Aloha Friday became all the easier when some lovely soul at Cuisinart deemed me worthy of a blender pitch. They sent over info about their whole line, one of which we already had, but I was admittedly only half-paying attention. Then I saw it. Cuisinart Hurricane Pro 3.5 Peak HP Blender.

The name alone made me instinctively reach for the reply button. Even Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor would grunt with glee as a result of 3.5 horsepower. It’s a ridiculous number of ponies for blending drinks, but who can argue with the tagline, “Turn on the Turbo.” How could a degenerate such as myself not love that? You’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of this monster in the future.

Moving on, most intelligent people would look up a couple tiki drink recipes. Not me. I went into Aloha Friday with nothing but a Hawaiian shirt, rum, and optimism. Oh, and juice, liqueurs, and tiny swords. Optimism tastes awful on the rocks.

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Admittedly, the first couple were not my finest work because I was firing from the hip. They had either too much alcohol or too much juice. One I honed in on the right ratios though, it was finally it was game on. It turns out that it’s pretty easy to make up your own tiki drinks on the fly. They might not be as good as a Turtle Season, but they’ll get the job done.

Break out the blender for Aloha Friday tonight, and give this cocktail a whirl. It was my favorite from a long night of drinking. And check back next week for another tiki cocktail. That one will actually be professionally crafted.

Aloha Friday Cocktail: Lei Boozist

  • 2oz dark rum (Cockspur)
  • 2oz overproof rum (Cockspur)
  • 1oz banana liqueur
  • 2oz light rum (Bacardi)
  • 3oz pineapple juice
  • 3oz orange juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango

Pour all ingredients in a blender, turn on the turbo. Add ice as necessary to reach the level of thickness you prefer. Garnish with tiny umbrella, sword, or anything else that screams fun.


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