In the spirit of this latest retro-revival, we'll be cooking with some island flavor. A tropical punch cocktail and a luau-like skewered snack lead the way...enjoy!
Tropical Punch Cocktail
*This is an alcoholic drink; non-alcoholic version to follow
What you'll need:
-anejo tequila (Patron)
Use 1 part pineapple liqueur to two parts tequila in martini shaker; add 1/4 cup of pineapple juice and a 1/4 cup of guava nectar. Add ice and shake, straining into martini glass Drop maraschino cherry in bottom of glass.
For non-alcoholic version, substitute tequila for 1 part sparkling water and leave out the liqueur, adding 1 part pineapple juice to 1/4 cup of guava nectar; add cherry to bottom of glass before shaking liquids with ice and straining into glass. Garnish anyway you'd like--use a paper umbrella, a curl of fresh coconut or nothing but your straw!
Luau Fruit Skewers
What you'll need:
-1 pineapple, cut into chunks
-2 mangos, cut into cubes
-1 banana, cut into wide slices (but do this close to serving--bananas turn brown fairly quickly...)
-sweetened, shredded coconut, layered in bottom of pie-dish
-6-8 wooden skewers
Take skewer and layer on 2 chunks of pineapple followed by 1-2 cubes mango, two slices of banana, and ending with another pineapple chunk (depending on the length of your skewer, you can add more or less fruit as desired). Repeat until all your fruit is skewered. Next, lightly drizzle skewered fruit in honey. Roll honeyed skewers in sweetened, shredded coconut. Put 2-3 skewers on a plate and garnish with a dollop of your favorite yogurt (I buy Stoneyfield Farms organic vanilla). Et voila! Your Luau fruit skewers are ready to eat while you watch the next episode of this season's Hawaii Five-O! Add a plate with some water crackers and slices of your favorite sharp cheddar to make your tropical fruit snack more of a light meal. "Book 'em, Danno!"
Thanks for joining me for this week's session of Pop Culture Cooking! I'm not sure what will turn up next week. Maybe something for fans of Project Runway??? Stay tuned! And as always, add some Pop! to your kitchen, cooking and culture with Pop Culture Cooking....