One of my favorite people in the whole wide world is expecting a baby! She and her husband have travelled to every beach imaginable, always returning home tanned, with sea shells, and photos of the beautiful briny blue. Since she can’t partake in the Drink of Heaven (pina colada), I set out to make her a Vacation in a Jar. My darling Sheffette: your treats are on their way to your door. …and I tried some…and it’s divine…and if you decide you don’t like it, send it back because…it’s really, really, really coconut-y and pineapple-y and sweet. …like you.
This recipe was complete in one afternoon; your house will smell like a coconut/pineapple umbrella drink. Feel free to wear your flip flops and bikini. Or jammies and scrunchy. Or nothing at all…I promise not to tell.
Vacation in a Jar
(makes 5-6 half-pint jars)
there is no coconut meat in this recipe because, quite frankly, coconut doesn’t really taste like coconut and not everyone likes the consistency. (insert Zombieland reference here…)
Chunk: one pineapple
Cube: three manogos
Zest & Juice: one lime
1c non-alcoholic pina colada mix
1 small bottle of imitation coconut extract (the.whole.bottle.)!
To a large bowl: add everything except the water and drink mix. Stir, mash, and otherwise thoroughly combine the pineapple, mango, sugar, lime juice & zest, and extract. Cover this and refrigerate for at least two hours.
Begin to process jars, lids, and rings.
After the mixture has gotten all friendly and sugary, let it set out for a bit to reach room temp. Then, in a large pot, heat it through to boil, adding the drink mixture and water. Heat up to 220F; this will take a while, as the fruit involved won’t really like this abuse. It’s necessary. (There will be plenty of liquid, as the water will have extracted some from the fruit. However, add up to two cups if you find it necessary.)
Add the heated mixture to your jars, cover, and process in a rolling boil for 15-20 minutes.