Widdershins Lounge: Everybody Knows, A Little Place Like Kokomo
Posted July 15, 2011on:
“Aruba – Jamaica – Ooh, I wanna take ya…” (Hat tip to Uppity Woman for the song and inspiration for tonight’s Lounge.)
I am sitting here looking at the photo I took myself, and I am shaking my head in wonder. Yes, that is what I saw for ten days, every morning, while I was on vacation in Aruba. How could a place so idyllic possibly exist? The fringe at the top of the picture is the underside of the palapa (an open hut with a roof made of palm leaves), which kept us from the sun while we sipped our frozen drinks (hubby had a strawberry daiquiri almost every day; yours truly tried different drinks). Every time we are there, we feel like we are in a dream world where the weather is always sunny, hot and windy; the people are always friendly; the food is always fabulous; and the ocean is always there, warm and welcoming.
Unlike Aruba and all the other islands in the song, Kokomo truly IS a dream; a symbol of wherever YOU love to be. So whether it’s a sunny beach, a green mountaintop, a peaceful forest, a busy city or your best friend’s house, anywhere you love to be can be Kokomo to you. So here’s a toast to that special place!
Tonight’s drink is the Aruba Ariba, a rather lethal mixture that tastes deceptively like Hawaiian Punch. It would knock your socks off – if you were wearing any. (Because it’s 100 degrees – get your minds out of the gutter, people! )
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz 151 proof rum
1/8 oz Coecoei
1/8 oz creme de bananes
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
Splash of Grenadine Top with Grand Marnier.
Do not shake, just stir lightly. Top with a “flag” toothpick with cherry and orange. Go “poco poco” (slowly) with this drink. They kind of slip up on you. Enjoy!!!
The bar’s open – whatcha havin’?
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