Mango Rum Cooler: Fred Waring wherever you are I’d like to kiss you right in the pucker. Because you my wise friend brought us a summertime lifesaver: The Bar Blender!
It’s capable of pulverizing an ordinary “on the rocks” cocktail into a frosty, smooth summertime thirst quencher. If it weren’t for you the famed Tiki drinks of the 1930s wouldn’t exist. Daiquiris would remain shaken or stirred. Margarita would just be an island in the Caribbean.
Thanks to you, plain ole schmucks like me can transform ice, alcohol, and fruit into a pleasurably slushy treat. We can kick back 3 or 4 potent fruity concoctions and never know what hit us.
Now I know you did not exactly invent this machine. That honor goes to another Fred named Osius (you know as in Osterizer). But it’s you Mr. Waring who saw its potential. It’s you who put your wallet where your pucker was and fronted early production and design of this whirling little beauty.
Maybe it wasn’t the nicest thing in the world to fire that other Fred and have your team put his machine through some redesigns. But it was those redesigns that finally made this baby sing.
Because you were the man who believed in the future of the Bar Blender even through its early failures I give you credit for its success.
Sure you were a big-time bandleader– that could have been enough for an ordinary man. But you saw more and pushed harder. You were the genius that went on a one-man marketing campaign beginning with the hotels and restaurants you and your band toured. It’s you who brought the machine to the public by assuring a place for it on the shelves of upscale stores such as Bloomingdale’s and B. Altman’s. But mostly because you Mr. Fred Waring, once bragged to a St. Louis newspaper, “…this mixer is going to revolutionize American drinks.” And so it was….
So pucker up and take your reward like a man! SMOOOOOCH.
- 1 c ripe mango chunks, frozen, plus more for garnish
- 2 oz dark rum
- 2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 T simple syrup
- 1 1⁄2 c crushed ice
Combine all the ingredients (except garnish) in a blender; process until smooth. Divide and pour the mixture into 2 stemmed glasses, and serve garnished with the reserved mango cubes.
SERIOUS FUN FOOD