AKA “The blue stuff”

Here’s a summertime drink that’s sure to pique the interest of your guests with its frostiness and cool teal color. Perfect for a crowd of adoring worshipers, it’s an exquisite combination of rum, citrus, sweetener and ice that subtly entwines itself into your taste buds. A drink so powerful and perfect that sailors sailed around the world and gladly accepted it in lieu of their wages. Imbibe, adore, and just be… happy…

You’ll need a blender for this one. Most blenders have gradations for either liters or cubs. This particular recipe is in cups, so make sure your blender has gradations for that, or else re-calculate the measurements in advance.
  • 1 1/2 limes
    Use normal limes, not key limes. Persian limes are in season starting in late May. So, if your limes are small, put in two. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty on hand, since one serving of this recipe – i.e., one blender-full – will serve about 4 people. And they WILL want more.
  • Bacardi clear rum (or similar)
    Chip usually uses Bacardi Superior 151.
  • 1/2 cup Splenda (or 3/4 cup of sugar)
    Chip usually makes it with Splenda, which results in fewer hangovers. But keep in mind that Splenda – and some other sweeteners – are actually sweeter than sugar. So you’ll want to use less.
  • 4 drops neon blue (or blue) food coloring
  • Ice

Squeeze the juice of 1 1/2 limes into your blender. Pour in clear rum until it’s up to the 3/4 cup level on your blender. Now add a 1/2 cup of Splenda (or other sugar substitute). Finally, add 4 drops of blue or neon blue food coloring. After that, fill the remainder of the blender with ice and run the blender until the drink is slushy.

The more rum you add, the less ice you will need to make it slushy. Don’t put in more than one cup of non-ice ingredients unless you like your drinks really strong and want to make people “be happy” real fast. (That does make for shorter parties, however. Just be sure to keep everyone off the roads.)
One word of advice. Always sample the finished pitcher first yourself. This may sound conveniently selfish, but it’s the only way to make sure you remembered to add the sweetener. Otherwise, your grog will be very sour. But it does make a good cough syrup. Just ask Jennifer Liang.

Add more sweetener to the taste of your guests. Graendal herself couldn’t ask for a prettier drink!

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