Think Pink!

1960s pink drinkAs the snow cover in Boston shrinks to reveal soggy, battered lawns, I’m unabashedly rushing summer with the Beachcomber cocktail I found in the Blender Cook Book from Better Homes and Gardens. It continues the 1960s theme inspired by the new season of “Mad Men” and the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook Finale Party. The blender book harks back to the time when the blender was a standard kitchen appliance, before the steady onslaught of food processors, juicers, and Spiralators.

Mad Men Party LogoThere’s a reason the humble blender still has a coveted spot on top of my crowded counter. A recipe like this one could not be easier. All it takes is whirling together four ingredients with a few ice cubes. Instant tropical drink, instant escape from a dreary April day in 2015. Cheers!

A sketch from the BH&G Blender Cook Book.

A sketch from the BH&G Blender Cook Book.

Blender Cook Book Beachcomber Cocktail
Makes 1 cocktail

1 1/2 jiggers (2 1/4 ounces) light rum
1/2 jigger (3/4 ounce) Cointreau
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice [spooned from a jar of cherries]
1/2 cup crushed or cracked ice

Place all ingredients in the blender container. Blend quickly to mix and chill drink. Pour into a large cocktail glass and serve immediately.

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About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers: hamburgers shaped like squares and peanut butter sandwiches. Fast forward 100 years and 500 miles north from my hometown of Richmond, Virginia to Boston, Massachusetts. Somehow, I ended up with a cooking gene as well as an interest in history and family stories. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and stories -- and other American recipes with a past. What do you have to share?
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