Cocktail Hour: Mr. and Mrs. T’s Pina Colada
Tomorrow is the Hawaiian party that I have been planning for a while, so I needed to stock up on liters and liters of pina colada mix. (Yes, I vetoed the mai tais and went with pina coladas.) After I bought my mix, I decided to make a trial pina colada to see if the mix was any good. Read the results after the jump!
When I went to buy my pina colada mix, the first thing I thought was, “OK, which one is the cheapest?” What can I say? I’m a penny pincher by nature. The cheapest one I would find was Mr. and Mrs. T’s Pina Colada Mix, which was selling for about $5 for a 1.9 liter bottle. I bought 3 bottles.
The recipe on the back of the box was this:
4 oz. pina colada mix
1 1/4 oz. rum
Here were the instructions: In a blender, combine with 1 1/2 cups of ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice and tropical flower, as desired.
When I was putting all the ingredients into the blender, it seemed like something wasn’t right. It was a LOT of liquid and ice for just one drink. It also seemed too liquidy to turn into the frozen drink I know and love!
Was I right? Of course! It ended up being a very liquidy pina colada with tiny chunks of ice floating in it. Lame. It also made way more than just a glassful. It smelled amazing, though!
I took a sip and was definitely pleased with the flavor. It was nothing extraordinary, but for $2.50 a liter, I was pleasantly surprised. It was very sweet and syrupy, though. So much so that after a few sips, my stomach started to hurt. I came to understand why this was happening when I looked at the nutrition facts.
Every serving of this stuff (4 oz.) contains 42 grams of sugar! I don’t know how that’s even possible, but apparently it is. Another concern: the #2 ingredient was high fructose corn syrup. Uh oh. My final concern: it was packed with all sorts of artificial flavors and colors. Nothing was natural about this mixer.
The verdict? At tomorrow’s party, I need to:
1. Change drink proportions. Less liquid, more ice.
2. Try to add something natural (pineapple juice is my best bet). I can’t stand the idea of only drinking artificial flavors.
Mr. and Mrs. T’s was good for flavor, but bad for health. I’ll check the label next time!
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