Do you have a party on the horizon? Here’s a drink that’s easy to make, and your guests will be asking for the recipe. Frozen Banana Daiquiris have a delicious blend of flavors and will make your party prepping less stressful. And as my mom would say “a little vitamin C is good for you.” My sister Patti (#3) is the one to thank for getting a copy of the recipe from our dear neighbor, Katie McDonald.
Line Up For The Kiss
Here is a little backstory on the McDonalds. Every Christmas Eve, late in the evening, our next door neighbors Paul and Katie Mc Donald would walk across the backyards to our back door. It was customary for any girl in the house to line up in the kitchen and give Paul a kiss and Katie a hug as they entered. Don’t ask me why or who started the tradition, but as soon as we saw the top of their heads passing the family room window, we lined up. For Mr. McDonald, it was the best. For us, it was another party starter giving us a share in their love and a second wind. The McDonalds were the perfect neighbors. Love them both!
Frozen Banana Daiquiris
I thought it would be great to post this recipe because of a recent family reunion. You see, Katie was a good friend of my Aunt Evelyn, and I thought it would be a good time to share it with the group and you too. I also wanted to have foods and snacks that we had as kids and most family gatherings. Remember the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I posted a few weeks ago? Well, I made them for the reunion, and bread rolls with Grandma’s Refrigerator Dough. Tom was popping popcorn, (it wasn’t uncommon to see a bowl of popcorn on Grandma’s radiators), and of course candy which included orange slices and those orange peanut marshmallow things.
Mix It Up
The assembly for the drink is quick and easy. Just blend the orange juice, lemon juice, and bananas using a blender or food processor. We are using the Ninja. My sister Katie (#10) bought this for me after breaking my blender. It’s much better than my blender with lots of versatility. Thank you, Katie!
This mixture is added to a diluted sugar and water mixture and then the unsweetened pineapple juice. The recipe makes 22 cups before frozen. Maggie and I mixed two batches because of back to back weekends with parties. Everyone loved them! Even in the warm temperatures, pouring the drink over ice was delicious.
As you can see, the drink makes a big batch. In the picture above, Maggie is carefully counting the shots of rum which is the last ingredient added. Then you scramble to find containers to divide and freeze. When serving, the Frozen Banana Daiquiris are topped with 7-UP. That little bit of fizz and bubbly is the perfect touch.
A Closing Note
I can’t tell you how happy I am to have this picture with Katie. She was having lunch at The National Shrine Of Our Lady of The Snows, and at the time I was working in the gift shop. Preparations were in the making for her 100th birthday celebration. She was a beautiful person, volunteered for years reading at the radio station for the blind and so pleasant to everyone! What a great neighbor! She left this earth shortly after her birthday.
WOW- Isn’t it fun to pass down recipes like this? I think it’s a lovely way to remember a friend or family member. Do you have a family reunion coming up? Is there a recipe that your family would like to see again? Please consider leaving a comment below and share a memory with the Sock Box 10 community.
Thanks for stopping by, Rose
- 6 cups of water
- 3 cups of sugar
- 1 small can of frozen orange juice
- 1 small can of frozen lemonade
- 6 ripe bananas
- 1 large can/bottle of unsweetened pineapple juice
- 20 shots of rum
- Boil the water and sugar for 3 minutes, and then cool. This is a diluted simple sugar.
- Combine the orange juice, lemonade, and bananas in a blender.
- Place the cooled sugar and water mixture in a large bowl and add the juice and banana mixture.
- Stir in the large can of unsweetened pineapple juice.
- Add the shots of rum and mix.
- The recipe makes 22 cups before freezing.
- Transfer the drink to containers and freeze.
- When serving, scoop the Frozen Banana Daiquiris into glasses and top with 7-UP.
- The original recipe called for ½ slush, ½ 7-UP.
- The prep time does not include the freeze time.