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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Mango Banana Daiquiri

Here’s a fun fruity drink to start your weekend off right!  Last week I found myself with some very ripe mangos and bananas in my fruit bowl, and no use for them.  Then, I was flipping through Back to Basics looking for a different recipe and happened across this fabulous beverage.  Talk about meant to be!  These were a delicious drink, thick with fruit puree and just the right amount of rum. I think these would be a welcome addition at a summer brunch as a substitute to the usual mimosa, or perfect for an afternoon cookout or pool party.

Mango Banana Daiquiris
Ingredients:
2 cups chopped ripe mango (1-2 mangos, peeled and seeded)*
1 ripe banana, chopped
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes)
1/4 cup simple syrup**
1 1/4 cups dark rum
2 cups ice
Mango slices, for serving

*Note – for tips on how to cut a mango, see this post
**To make simple syrup, heat equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan until sugar dissolves.  Chill before using.

Directions: 
Combine chopped mango and banana, lime juice, simple syrup and dark rum in a blender and process until smooth.  Add the ice and process once more until thick and smooth.  Serve immediately in glasses and garnish with fresh mango slices.

Source: Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten

  • http://erinsfoodfiles.blogspot.com/ Erin

    Dangerous, because I have all the ingredients, including the simple syrup already made.

  • http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com patsyk

    yuuuuummmmmmm! you can’t go wrong with the barefoot contessa!

  • http://www.tinnedtomatoes.com Jacqueline

    Oh, serve me up a glass right away please! Wonderful :)

  • http://www.apotofteaandabiscuit.blogspot.com Sylvie

    I’ve only just got over my hangover from yesterday, but I wouldn’t say no to one of those.

  • http://confectionarycreations.blogspot.com Elyse

    Ooo, these daiquiris look AWESOME. I wish I had opened my google reader before the weekend was coming to an end. Oh well, I’ll have to save this recipe for the upcoming Friday. What a great looking treat–and I bet it could totally quench your thirst, too. Yum!

  • http://blog.taiyyaba.com taiyyaba

    awesome post and pictures, as always. just a tip on the photography. when you’ve got the image on your computer and you’re playing with it in your picture processing software, experiment with increasing the exposure a little higher than you normally would, and then upping the contrast. It sharpens the picture and brings out the colors.

    you’re awesome, as always! i’ll be making some of your owl cupcakes in chocolate and vanilla frosting for a harry potter party later this summer. thanks for the consistent great ideas.

  • Annie

    Taiyyaba,
    Yes, I know how to increase the exposure in my editing software. I think I missed doing that on this photo and only realized it after I posted. I am continually working on my photography but far from perfect, so please understand that I’m learning.

    Enjoy the owl cupcakes!
    :) Annie

  • Elizabeth

    Made these for ladies game night…HUGE hit! Tomorrow we are hosting an early Cinco de Mayo party and will try Mango Margaritas. Gotta love fresh mangos!!