Friday, July 27, 2007

Pink Ladies

My best friend growing up was a funny girl named Karen. She was infectiously cheerful and would really get into things. With her it wasn't "Oh, I like this song." It was, "Stop everything and listen to this song right now. I love it!!" She was exhuberently enthusiastic about whatever held her interest at the moment. From music to food to boys to movies, there was never any middle ground. It was love it or (rarely) hate it. It was no surprise to anyone that she went on to be a cheerleader in high school.

When she asked me if I'd seen the movie, Grease, I told her that I didn't like John Travolta. She said, "Oh, go see it! You'll really hate him then!"

I saw the movie and enjoyed it, although I still didn't like John Travolta. One of my favorite elements of the movie was the Pink Ladies, the cool, bad girls with teased hair, tight pants, strut and attitude. I wished I could have had an awesome, pink jacket like theirs to wear.

This is hardly a recipe, more of a throw-together for the end of a hot week. When you've been sweltering and deserve a little unwind time and want something with a bit more kick than lemonade, reach for the blender and try a Pink Lady to start the weekend off with some attitude.

Pink Ladies

1 (6 oz) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, undiluted
1/2 cup rum
1 cup fresh whole strawberries, stems removed
Ice cubes

Combine first 3 ingredients in container of an electric blender; add ice to make 5 cups. Process until smooth. Yield: 4-1/2 cups. Note: you can substitute vodka for rum, if you prefer, and vary the amount of liquor, depending on how tough your week has been.


Anonymous said...

Can you chop ice in the Cuisinart or do you need to use a real blender?

Kelly-Jane said...

Oh that sounds like a lovely cocktail! I had to laugh when I saw your glass, it's just such fun :)

Jerry said...

Hmmmmm.... I think I need some rum!

Anonymous said...

My daughter and I love your cactus glass!

Nora B. said...

Lovely story. Are you still in contact with Karen? I wanted a pink jacket too. Would you use it against me if I told you that I actually like John Travolta. ;-)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Geeze I have rum, I have strawberries (how did that happen) what I don't have is ice cubes...I guess I should consider getting some ice cube trays.

Anh said...

Oh, Grease and all ;). I miss hanging out with my girl gangs from high school. We had such a good time back then!

And the cocktail sounds really good. I love anything pinky!

Anonymous said...

Those sound yummy! I'm going to have to make those for my next ladies night out!

WokandSpoon said...

Hehe - I've had a tough week. Can I add a whole cup of rum?? I love how you introduce every post with a little story too!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Dianne - I haven't tried the Cuisinart for blending, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Try it!

Kelly-Jane - Thanks. I think the glass is hilarious, too.

Jerry - Go for it!

Melinda - Isn't it a hoot? I got it as a freebie with purchase of something or other.

Nora - I haven't seen Karen since our class reunion. She lives on the other side of the country from me. And, no, you can certainly like John Travolta. You're too young to have seen him in Welcome Back Kotter, a TV show in which he was really annoying.

My Kitchen In Half Cups - Ice is a must! And if you don't have ice cube trays, how do you freeze your extra egg whites?

Anh - husbands are great, but sometimes you just really need to hang with your girlfriends.

Kristen - Have fun!

Wok and Spoon - The original recipe actually called for a cup of vodka. I thought it was a bit much, but if you're week's been that rough... :-)

eatme_delicious said...

yum that drink sounds and looks really good! and what great inspiration for it.

Anonymous said...

That is a gorgeous drink! What is this frozen pink lemonade though? It's not something I've ever heard of or would one go about substituting for it? :D

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Eatme Delicious - Thanks!

Ellie - Frozen lemonade is lemonade concentrate that I buy in a can at the grocery store. You can make your own lemonade concentrate and add some fruit juice in place of some of the water to make it pink. Try :

Anonymous said...

Cool drink

Patricia Scarpin said...

With lemon and strawberries there's no way I would turn this down! :)