I could taste it like it was yesterday. In my early twenties I took a fun trip to Cabo San Lucas with a bunch of my girlfriends. It was the first time I went to Mexico without a parental guardian, and it was the first time I ever had a mixed drink while sitting on the beach. All my friends were ordering pina coladas, but since I was craving strawberry I asked for a fresa colada instead. It came in a big frothy mug topped with toasted coconut and a big pink straw that had a rose coming out of it. From that point on, the rose visual, matched with the strawberry coconut flavor will always scream Mexico to me.
Last week I was in my kitchen about to make panna cotta for our Sunday supper when I felt a sudden craving for fresa colada. Since I already had promised my son a panna cotta I decided to mix the best of both worlds into my dessert. It came together so easily with the help of Cacique’s strawberry yogurt, and the deliciously creamy Cacique’s Crema Mexicana. The dessert wouldn’t be complete without a rose topping, so I sliced up a fresh strawberry and fashioned it to look like a rose. As I sat there digging into my panna cotta I felt transported back to the beach in good old Cabo.
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