As 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.
There’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!
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.