There are things in life that you just get to savor once, reason why we should take the time to smell the roses. And this is something I am fortunately learning more and more lately thanks to my camera lens. Why? Well, now that I have an even bigger passion for photography, I tend to take more time to look at my surroundings, appreciate beauty in the simplest of things and engage even more with nature and others as I try to capture their essence.
Take for example this magnificent view below. In the past I probably would have taken it for granted. But now, as I live far away from my beloved Dominican Republic, I make the most of every trip there and I take the time to soak it all in. Be it because of my photography journey or not, I simply live a much more happy life and I am thankful I have reached this point in my live. So my PSA for you today is to: Really. Stop. To. Smell. The. Roses. Really.
Another great reason are relationships. The more you disconnect from the circumstances outside your immediate present, the more memories and experiences you will be able to build and cherish. Relationships will be a great part of that. How about we all start by saying hello, hi, good morning, good bye, may I help you with that? how are you doing today? oh! and how about a smile for once to others around you even if they are just perfect strangers. We are all in need of a pat in the back and we will all benefit of a more friendly and united world.
Alexis below is a very friendly pina colada server at Playa Rincon in Samana, Dominican Republic. I laughed so hard when he told me a story about a previous patron, as an answer to my question: so what has been the highlight of your day. He laughed, I laughed and we bonded. I hope you get the idea.
What was even better, he showed me how to make the best Piña Colada in the world. It starts with fresh pineapple, fresh coconut water and a lot of laughs and smiles. Gracias Alexis!
Now, it is your turn to read carefully and take the time to make this recipe at home. Inspired by that awesome Piña Colada, I have made a Piña Colada shaved ice that once you try it at home, you will be ready to start making another batch. It is that good.
What I like about this recipe is that you do not need any special gadgets nor you need an ice cream maker. I get really bummed when I see a refreshing recipe that calls for the use of an ice cream maker. I. DON’T.HAVE.ONE.
Using fresh pineapple will be essential to get the best and most natural tropical flavor.
You want this in your life.
I want this in my life.
Live life now. Let’s make it happen!
- 1¼ cups water
- ½ cup cream of coconut
- 2 cups fresh pineapple
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, torn
- Whisk together 1½ cups of water with ½ cup cream of coconut. Taste and add more coconut flavor as desired.
- Pour coconut flavor water on ice cube trays.
- Place on the freezer and wait until it freezes like ice.
- In the mean time, over medium high heat bring to a boil pineapple, ¾ cups of water and sugar.
- Simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Strain liquid through a fine mesh colander pressing the pineapple and mint to release all its flavors.
- Discard solids and place syrup on the fridge.
- Once coconut water has frozen, use a blender and crush ice.
- Serve ice on individual cups and pour some of the cooled pineapple syrup on top.
- Garnish with fresh pineapple and mint.