Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mango Banana Daiquiris So Kick Up Your Heels

It's party time for the Barefoot Bloggers group as Veronica from Supermarket Serenade has sent over a tray of daiquiris as her recipe selection this month. I must confess to having some experience drinking daiquiris but nearly none making them. When we were at university, a friend used to have regular daiquiri parties, firing up the blender, with fruit, ice and rum. Picture INXS in the CD player, acid wash jeans and new romantic hairdos. I wish I was kidding. On a usual night, the fruit would start to run out a long time before the alcohol, so the drinks would get stronger and stronger and stronger. Probably more information about my misspent youth than you wanted.

Now, with a decade or two more sense, daiquiris tend to be a holiday indulgence preferably drunk by a pool on a balmy afternoon. But now I have discovered that making them myself is too easy, I might be able to indulge a little more frequently. At this time of year, mangos are nowhere to be found, so I cheated and used tinned mango. The result was OK but not as sublime as fresh. We'll be re-testing this recipe at Xmas time when the sweetest mangos are sold by the case. I can't wait.

Mango Banana Daiquiris
from "The Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics" by Ina Garten
serves 4

2 cups chopped ripe mango (1 to 2 mangos, peeled and seeded)
1 ripe banana, chopped
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (4 limes)
1/4 cup sugar syrup*
1 1/4 cups dark rum, such as Mount Gay
Mango slices, for serving

Place the mango, banana, lime juice, sugar syrup, and rum in a blender and process until smooth. Add 2 cups of ice and process again until smooth and thick. Serve ice-cold in highball glasses with the mango slices.

*To make simple syrup, heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Chill.


Kate said...

Beautiful and nicely done even with tinned mango.

Your Daiquiri Days, what a hoot. I remember those days when I thought having a cocktail meant it was sweet, blended, pink, and required aerosol whipped cream on it. That was fancy drinking!

These would make great breakfast smoothies. At first I thought without the booze, and then, heck, WITH the booze! :)

Meryl said...

The reverse seasons are almost comical to me (as I'm sure they are to you--just in reverse!). Can't imaging drinking mango daiquiris in December, but I'll bet it's fun!

Debinhawaii said...

They look gorgeous and hey tinned mangoes are better than bad mangoes or no mangos at all. You'll like them even more in December. ;-)

Mary said...

Suzie ~ Thanks so much for popping in today. Loved the daiquiri's as did hubby (that's his thumbs up). Love your blog...looks fantastic!

Peggy said...

I cannot imagine mangos at christmastime! How fun is that. Thanks for stopping by. . weren't these delicious?

Me! said...

I recommend frozen mangoes. I keep a bunch in the freezer because mangoes are so good and it's nice to have them available to toss into smoothies and stuff.

Veronica said...

Lucky you to have mangos at Christmas! I may have to try making them with the frozen mango so I can have them at Christmas too! Cheers!

Kate said...

Costco has fresh sliced mangoes! Don't wait until Christmas! They are too good to not have a repeat!

Karine said...

I love the combination of banana and mango and I would sure love these daiquiris!

spike. said...

that sounds like a fun holiday!

Summer said...

They look delicious! I too have far more memories of acid washed jeans and big 80s hair.

Penny said...

How funny! These were good daiquiris and although the guys declared them girly drinks they finished off the booze in the blender.