Last month, my friend Baloney and I threw a bachelorette party weekend for Curry, my best friend. It wasn't as crazy as it may sound; Curry is now seven months pregnant. I've already been named as an aunt, which is exciting for me since I'm an only child.
Baloney's aunt-in-law owns a condo in Oceanside (in San Diego County) right by the ocean, and she let us stay there for the weekend. It was really nice to get away and spend some time with my friends, which is hard to do, since Baloney now lives in Upland (an hour away from me) and Curry just moved to Murietta (an hour and a half away). We also took this as a golden opportunity to recreate our favorite drink.
Baloney, Curry, and I all went to high school together, but Curry and I lost touch with Baloney once we graduated. A few years later, Curry and Baloney were reunited when they both worked as servers at Olive Garden. Back then, we took advantage of their employee discounts a lot and enjoyed getting extra alcohol in our drinks since the bartenders knew us.
The following recipe is one of the drinks that they served, but we've made it several times since then. Once you have the ingredients it's really easy to make, but the way we make it requires a fair amount of champagne, so be warned. If you're making this for a lot of people or think you may have more than two or three, you may need a couple bottles of champagne. Everything is combined according to taste, so the pictures are to help you get an idea of how much of each ingredient to add. Ultimately, it's up to you and what you like, so feel free to change the proportions if you like.
Highball glasses work best for this drink, but any tall glass will suffice. First, fill the bottom with ice cubes, then pour in the pineapple juice.
Then add the champagne until the glasses are nearly full.
Pour in a little bit of grenadine.
Stir everything together so that the drink turns an orange color. Serve with a straw and strawberry (or other fruit) as a garnish if you wish. Enjoy.
Curry and Baloney wanted to give this drink its proper photo shoot, so we placed it with the fruit we used the next day for fruit salad, and then Baloney and Curry each posed with the drink. You can tell we'd already started drinking, since Baloney is petting the pineapple.