Happy first official day of Summer, everyone! I’ve got a fantastic cocktail to help you cool down during these hot summer days. A couple weeks ago, I was contacted by a company that’s working with Kenny Chesney’s Blue Chair Bay Rum company and they asked me to create a cocktail using their rum and iced tea to help kick off summer through the Blogtender Nation Community and celebrate national iced tea month. Who could say no?! So I chose to create a pineapple Sweet tea smash.
I got to choose between the four flavors of rum they have; white, coconut, spiced coconut and banana. I went with coconut, because to me, it’s the most summery flavor. If you follow me on instagram, you probably saw the pretty blue bottle that I posted when it came in the mail. I had about a million different drink ideas to make with the coconut rum, but I landed on, what I’ve dubbed, the Pineapple Sweet Tea Smash. It’s the South meets the islands in a frozen drink and is definitely a no shirts, no shoes, no problem kind of cocktail after one or two. They’re super easy to mix up and the sweet tea mixed with pineapple, orange juice and super smooth, islandy, oh so coconutty, Blue Chair Bay Rum make these completely irresistible for summer fun in the sun. I have a feeling this drink is going to be on replay during pool season. I can’t wait to make another big batch of this Smash as the temperatures rise. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Sweet tea Recipe
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- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup sweet tea
- 3/4 cup Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish with orange slices and fresh pineapple.
- A couple things you can do differently:
- 1. Sub fresh pineapple for frozen pineapple. Nothing beats fresh pineapple, so if you have it available, by all means use it. I used frozen in place of fresh in the above recipe to make sure the drink stayed nice and cold. Which leads me to tip #2.
- 2. Freeze the sweet tea into ice cubes before using in the Smash. When it comes to frozen drinks, I like to make sure that they stay as cold as possible, for as long as possible without having to add regular ice cubes that will water down the drink. Measure out the amount of sweet tea needed for the recipe (you may want to double it for the second batch you'll make), pour into an ice cube tray and allow to freeze for an hour or two. Blend into the Smash with the other ingredients.