This week, Lucy is treating us a one of her Friday Cocktails, and this week it’s a South African classic.
Today’s Friday Cocktail is a two for one type scenario. This traditional South African drink can be sipped as a delicious Friday Cocktail or serve this after supper as a dessert. We were introduced to the Don Pedro by some lovely South African friends many years ago, and have, frankly, never looked back. What can be more palatable than a large serving of soft vanilla ice cream blended with Amarula, Tia Maria or even Frangelico if you can find it lurking at the back of your drinks cabinet. I, for one, know I have Frangelico buried at the back of mine, but there it will stay after a nasty dinner party experience involving a Carpenters sing-a-long session and a ruined wedding the following day. Rambling aside, I am delighted to say that today’s Friday Cocktail is the Don Pedro.
It’s that time of year when an iced cocktail is just the ticket. And even though the key ingredients in a Don Pedro are quite sweet, this is still refreshing and does make an amazing post supper treat. Or just whip one up on a sunny afternoon and enjoy it in an grown ups milkshake kind of way. I, of course given the motley selection of drinks I own, had Amarula to hand, but use any of the other booze as mentioned above or some people suggest a whiskey would work too. Amarula is delicious, it has a sort of fruity creaminess and less of a kick than an Irish Cream. Blended with vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with grated chocolate or even some crumbled Flake, this is an indulgent summer drink I promise you will love.
The Don Pedro is a 1970’s retro classic so it’s right up my street. It’s known and loved by most South African’s so I feel it’s only fair and right that they share nicely with us now too.
This post will feature on Lucy Loves this week.
Don Pedro Recipe
You will need a blender or NutriBullet and a stemmed glass or tumbler
- 50ml Amarula liqueur, Tia Maria, Frangelico, Amaretti or Whiskey
- 250ml vanilla ice cream
- You may need a splash of double cream or milk if it’s too thick
- A handful of ice
- Crumbled Flake or grated chocolate to serve
Take your blender and pour in the Amarula or your liqueur of choice.
Scoop in the ice cream then blend until a smooth, chilled mixture. Pour over some more ice into a glass.
Garnish with crumbled Flake and sip through a straw as a dessert or just as an iced summer cocktail.