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
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.

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