School was supposed to train us all for the real world, right? Then how come we don’t get summer, Christmas break, spring break and other various holidays off in the real world? They prepped us for real life and then took it all away when we graduated!
You might agree that summer time is the worse. We’re stuck sitting at work, when we could be on vacation…like visiting Orlando or Anaheim or better yet, sailing on a Disney Cruise!
Well here’s to figuring out how to have summer break even when we are working and can’t take a vacation!
Luckily for you, I think I may have found the solution!!! Thanks to my first ever Disney cruise last year, I was introduced to the Konk Kooler…the signature drink on Disney’s magical private island — Castaway Cay (Bahamian word pronounced Key).
There is no place like Castaway Cay, with it’s beautiful beaches, kids area, and a private adult only beach where you can really enjoy a Konk Kooler!
Mickey and his friends are there, and we even saw Captain Jack Sparrow walking the beach!
The Konk Kooler is a fantastic drink, and I was so happy to find the recipe in my Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs cookbook!
It’s super easy to make and will only take a few minutes until you are ready to enjoy summer nights in the backyard imagining you are setting sail with Mickey and friends! Let’s get started:
Makes 1 serving
-1/2 ounce dark rum
-3/4 ounce light rum
-1 ounce passion fruit juice
-1 ounce piña colada mix
-1 ounce orange juice
We’ve even done the math for you to make 4 full Konk Coolers for your next party, so that way you skip the thinking part and get to enjoying your summer quicker!
4 8 servings
-4 ounces (1/2 cup) dark rum
-6 ounces (3/4 cup) light rum
-8 ounces (1 cup) passion fruit juice
-8 ounces (1 cup) piña colada mix
-8 ounces (1 cup) orange juice
Bendy straws, umbrellas, maraschino cherries, and orange wedges optional, but make for a really fun presentation!!! Let’s get started!
Step 1: Pour dark rum into the blender.
Step 2: Pour light rum into blender.
Step 3: Pour passion fruit juice into blender.
Step 4: Pour orange juice into blender.
Step 5: Pour piña colada mix into blender.
Step 6: Turn blender on full speed for a few seconds and let all the liquids mix together!
Step 7: Pour over crushed ice and garnish with orange wedges and maraschino cherries!
Step 8: Sit back, relax, and enjoy your drink!!
See, I told you it would only take a few minutes before you were enjoying this fantastic drink! This is great to make to get your family excited about your next Disney cruise (and even better after to take away the pain of saying goodbye to your Disney cruise vacation!) You can also make this a kid friendly drink by leaving out the rum! It’s also a great drink to serve at your next pool party — or better yet, when you are in the middle of winter, stuck inside, and dreaming you are on a tropical island!
While last year was my first ever cruise on a Disney ship, it definitely won’t be my last! I’m already planning our next cruise vacation! My absolute favorite part was the Rainforest Rooms in the Spa!
Now, go enjoy your drink…I know I am! Cheers to our never ending summer vacation!
A Few Lessons I Learned
As with all recipes, you usually find helpful ways to make it easier to make them. This section is filled with helpful hints that I learned while making this recipe and doing research on some of the ingredients! I hope they help you, too!
-The recipe actually suggested that you use a cocktail shaker, but I found it easier to combine all the ingredients in a blender since we were making more than one individual serving. I didn’t want to be stuck making individual drinks all night…I mean come on, you have to be able to enjoy the party!;)
-Do not add the crushed ice to your blender. It melts fast and creates a watered down version of the drink that is not as tasty!
-I found that Malibu flavored rums worked so well for this drink because they had the extra coconut and pineapple flavoring already mixed in with the rum that went well with the drink. I also was lucky, because Malibu was on sale, so it worked out well.
-Whatever you do, don’t use spiced rum. You’re welcome!
-I found passion fruit juice made by Welch’s with the cartons of orange juice in the refrigerated juice area!
So here’s what I want to know…have you ever been on a Disney Cruise? If the answer is yes, then what is your favorite food and/or drink? Tell me about it in the comments section below! Let’s help each other plan out our next Disney cruise vacation!:)