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Earlier this year, our Test Kitchen Manager, Pat, went on a week-long vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico with her husband. They danced, laid by the beach, drank and enjoyed numerous beachside cocktails. It sounded like a week in paradise, and as Pat relayed story after tropical story, I started to get a little jealous she got to spend a week on the beach while the rest of us stayed home and went to work.

Playa del Carmen Cocktail from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

But truly, it was great to hear these stories and be transported back to paradise. Pat told me about a cocktail she had in Playa del Carmen, that was sweet and tangy, with lots of citrus and a cool blue wash of color. I thought back to my days as a bartender and together we recreated her favorite drink as closely as possible. The freshly juiced citrus melds perfectly with the sweetness of the pineapple, creating a tropical base for the rest of your cocktail.

Tip: You can make this with bottled juice, but we highly recommend using a juice extractor to get the freshest juice you can. The difference in taste is absolutely worth the bit of extra effort.

Playa del Carmen Cocktail from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Coconut rum is next, then the whole thing is shaken and strained into serving glasses with ice. The last ingredient is what makes the drink so much fun: blue curacao. Pour it over a spoon to prevent it from sinking to the bottom, creating a layered effect. Garnish with an orange slice and you’re all set. You’ve got a drink that looks good, smells amazing and tastes like vacation on the Mexican Riviera.

Until I can make it on another beach vacation, I’ll have to make do with the hot, southern sun and the humid summer weekends. I’ll go to the river, swim in the pool and try to make the best of what I’m given. It’s not Mexico, but the imagination can run wild when you let it, so I plan to mimic a beach vacation by making this amazing cocktail at home. Then I’ll just take a sip, close my eyes and let myself feel the sun on my shoulders and the sand in my toes as I’m transported back to the beaches of Playa del Carmen.

Playa del Carmen Cocktail from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Playa del Carmen
SERVES: 2

Ingredients
1 large orange, peeled
1 medium lime, peeled
1 medium lemon, peeled
1-inch thick slice fresh pineapple
1 1/2 ounces coconut rum
1 ounce blue curaçao
Instructions
Cut orange and lemon as needed to fit through the chute of the juice extractor.
Juice the orange, lemon and lime; set aside. Juice the pineapple; set aside.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1/4 cup each citrus mixture and pineapple. Pour in rum.
Shake and pour into a glass. Add ice, if desired. Pour blue curaçao over top and let gradually mix into the drink. Serve immediately. Repeat for second drink.
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The Blue Pom-Pom is the perfect brunch cocktail - a mimosa with fresh blueberry pomegranate juice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Mother’s Day is coming soon, and people everywhere will celebrate moms with a delicious brunch and lots of warm hugs. If you’re thinking about making brunch instead of going out to a restaurant, we have the perfect Mother’s Day menu planned. Start with delicious Eggs Benedict with Ham and Asparagus and end with something sweet like No-Bake Chocolate Truffles or Individual Ginger-Peach Crisps.

The Blue Pom-Pom is the perfect brunch cocktail - a mimosa with fresh blueberry pomegranate juice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 Of course, mom needs a delightful beverage to go with brunch, and nothing goes as well with Eggs Benedict as a mimosa. Fresh juice from a juice extractor makes any mimosa even better, and we love this creative combination featuring blueberries and pomegranates. Mom won’t be disappointed – and neither will you.

The Blue Pom-Pom is the perfect brunch cocktail - a mimosa with fresh blueberry pomegranate juice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach


Blue Pom-Pom Mimosa
SERVES: 2

Ingredients
2 cups pomegranate seeds
1 cup blueberries
Champagne
Instructions
Juice the pomegranate seeds and blueberries in the order listed.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add juice mixture.
Shake and pour 2 ounces juice into each champagne flute. Fill glass with champagne.
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The Big Mouth® Pro Juice Extractor makes easy work of juicing fruits for the perfect fresh fruit juice mimosa every time. Cleanup is quick with dishwasher-safe removable parts.

The Big Mouth® Pro Juice Extractor makes easy work of juicing fruits for the perfect fresh fruit juice mimosa every time. Cleanup is quick with dishwasher-safe removable parts.