I‘d venture a wager that more baby powder, deodorant and cold beer are sold during the summer in Houston than in any other city in the world. I bet our air conditioners blow the loudest too.
Yes, it’s hot as h-e- double-hockey sticks in the Bayou City. And, despite a regular breeze from the Gulf of Mexico, breathing the summer air here is akin to trying to inhale through a wet washrag.
A jaunt across any Texas parking lot in summer requires at least a pair of shades and a parasol. Here though, it also necessitates a cold shower and a quart of Gatorade. People around here don’t perspire; they sweat — just like the guys in the sneaker commercials. Even cucumbers aren’t cool around these parts during the summer. By the time you pick them, they’re halfway through the pickling process.
But I’m not complaining … if only because I’ve depleted my electrolytes writing this essay.
If I’m going to go traipsing around in tropical weather, I might as well pretend I’m in the tropics. The Frozen Banana Colada is just the ticket for such feigning.
While most Frozen Banana Colada recipes call for the addition of ice, this one keeps a more intense frozen flavor from top to bottom by using frozen banana and pineapple chunks. Unless you’re mixing these in the Texas summer sun, it should come out cold and creamy, like a milkshake. If it’s not cold enough for you, place it in the freezer for 10-20 minutes.
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Frozen Banana Colada
- ⅓ cup – Coconut milk**
- 2 – Ripe bananas; peeled, chunked and frozen*
- 1 cup – Fresh pineapple, chunked and frozen*
- Juice from ½ lime
- 2 TB – Banana liqueur
- 2 TB – Coconut rum
- 1 tsp – Cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
** - Coconut milk is usually located in the Asian section of most markets. (Note: this recipe does -not- call for the cream of coconut in the drink mixer section.)