PINA COLADAS FOR EVERYONE!!!

Because it is National piña colada day, and because mermaids have a thing for all things coconut … here are two amazing recipes to try today, and any day for that matter:

Wahine Pina Colada featuring Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, a straight-up, no nonsense, old-school rum, blended the way it should be, bold and smooth.

Wahine Pina Colada1 ½ parts fresh pineapple juice

1 ½ parts house-made cream of coconut

1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake well and pour into a frozen pineapple. Garnish with sprinkled coconut flakes and an orchid. TIP: Add a ½ ounce floater to the top of your drink for an extra punch and an extra yum factor.

Flor de Cana Pina ColadaFlor de Caña Pina Colada featuring the award-winning Flor de Cana, a family-owned Nicaraguan rum celebrating over 125 years of rum production.

2 ½ parts Flor de Cana 7 Rum

3 parts pineapple juice

1 part coconut cream

Combine the FDC 7, pineapple juice and coconut cream in a blender. Add cup of crushed ice and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge. TIP: Soak the pineapple in tum overnight for a delicious snack while enjoying your drink.

Thanks to William Grant & Sons, a family-owned distillery with a vast portfolio of award-winning spirits and cocktails for every celebration, for providing the photos and the mouth-watering recipes.

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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