My husband and I love to entertain, and I love entertaining Ecuadorian-style. Whether I'm feeding my guests Ecuadorian food and drinks, or incorporating some Ecuadorian flare into my menus, there's something inherently of Ecuador at all of our parties. During the cold months of the year, I love serving canelazo, the Ecuadorian version of a hot toddy, made with naranjillas (or lulos). During the hot months, I love making passion fruit cocktails.
It is getting warmer around here, and during the evenings, I often make cocktails and share them with our neighbors while relaxing in our yards. The more I shop around, the more I notice that these products are generally available at the frozen food section of many grocery stores. But for some reason, people really don’t seem use them a lot. For example, I was recently searching for my passion fruit pulp at a new-to-me grocery store last week, and asked a frozen food section attendant where I could find frozen passion fruit pulp. Though she knew exactly where the product was in the store, she wore a puzzled look when directing me.
“What do you do with this?” she asked, after we found the pulp.
“You can make juice by just adding water," I explained. "Or you can mix it with some yogurt to make a smoothie. But my favorite way is to make a party cocktail with it.” Her eyes opened wide at the word cocktail; I had her undivided attention.
“Like with alcohol?” she asked.
“Yes!” I replied. “It is really easy – you add one of these, half a can of sweetened condensed milk and some rum and ice. Put it all in a blender and you are good to go!”
The lady closed her eyes as she listened. Maybe she was imagining sipping my cocktail somewhere far, far away from the grocery store. When she finally opened her eyes, she said, “I am hosting a girls’ night out at my apartment on Wednesday, so I am definitely going to give this a try!”
I hope you enjoy it, too. Salud!