The Pink Sister

Don’t you just love cocktails?  Especially when the summer heat is almost unbearable and all you ever want to do is lie on a daybed,  flip through a magazine and take periodic sips of your favorite concoction?

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Last weekend, I mixed a refreshing pink cocktail. I  sort of copied the recipe from my best friend Matha Stewart (but not entirely). It  reminded me of all things fun and relaxing.   I call it “The Pink Sister” in honor of my good friend Len, a Maryknoll sister who loves to laugh and talk and enjoy life, preferably with a drink in her hand.;)

Len heads Seedling of Hope, an NGO that  works with poor people living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia.  When Hubby and I went to Siem Reap a couple of years ago, she flew in from Phnom Penh just to see us.  She then took us to a place where Happy Pizza is served;  so named because it is sprinkled with chopped marijuana a.k.a. ‘happy herbs’. Afterwards for drinks, we went to a swanky place called Miss Wong Cocktail Bar.  Hubby will always remember that night as “the night I got tipsy with my wife and a nun.”  Ahhh… happy memories!

So here’s a special cocktail especially mixed with you in mind,  Sister Len!  Cheers!

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A portrait of Len I took recently. She looks exactly as she did more than twenty years ago!

The Pink Sister


3 cups fresh orange juice, unsweetened
3 cups pineapple juice, unsweetened
2 cups rum (or more, if you want)
3-4 tablespoons lime juice
3-4 tablespoons grenadine
lots of ice


1.  Pour all the ingredients in a pitcher. Mix thoroughly.
2.  Chill and serve with lots of ice and a smile.

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Food for Thought:

“I’ll admit I may have seen better days… but I’m still not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut.”

Margo Channing (Bette Davis)
All About Eve (1950)

“Look, sweetheart, I can drink you under any goddamn table you want, so don’t worry about me.”

Martha (Elizabeth Taylor)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

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