Santa Cruz Piña Colada

Few drinks conjure up a tropical paradise more quickly than an icy-cold piña colada! Enjoy this alcohol-free version made with green tea all summer long — most will never know there isn't a drop of alcohol in it! Just be sure to leave enough time to cool the brewed tea. This mocktail makes a delightful brunch drink or summer afternoon cooler—and it's a delicious way to get the benefits of green tea!

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons Citrus Green Tea
2 cups filtered water
2 1/2 cups fresh pineapple juice, cold
1 cup cream of coconut
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon rum extract (optional, but good!)
Ice cubes

METHOD:

In a saucepan, heat water until very hot but not boiling — about 185°. Add tea and allow to steep 4 minutes. Strain and allow tea to cool.

Add brewed tea, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, lime juice, and rum extract to blender jar. Add a handful of ice cubes to the blender and process until mixture is cold and slushy. (Depending how 'frozen' you like your drinks, you can add more ice cubes.)

Pour into tall glasses and garnish with a colorful straw (or umbrella!) with a slice of pineapple or sprig of mint. Hello paradise!