4th of July
Pretty as an ocean view, this drink is light and sweet, just in time for spring and summer. Great to look at it also works well as a punch.
Bacardi Cocktails were originally a Daiquiri served straight up just Rum and lime juice. As the drink became Americanized it included grenadine which gives it a sweeter taste and red color.
Daisy sweet and tropical this drink is the perfect summer punch that also mixes up great as a batch!
Light and refreshing this is a perfect drink for a summer brunch. Add fresh blueberries and basil with homemade lemonade and a Fern Gulley is a hit.
The Bay Breeze is an off shoot of all the drinks out of the 20’s and 30’s that are part of the Cap Codder family which is Vodka and Cranberry. With the Bay Breeze, it is a little Cranberry, Grapefruit juice and generous portion of Vodka. Cool and refreshing it is usually served in the summer months. This drink gained popularity again during the 1960 and has remained popular even today.
Blue Hawaiian gets its name from the beautiful blue of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii. Created by Harry Yee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1957 when a sales rep asked him to make a drink using Blue Curaçao liqueur. Curacao is an orange based liqueur that is often colored blue or orange and used extensively in tropical themed drinks. It does have a tie to the Elvis movie “Blue Hawaii” but it is fairly loose in nature. This drink, and like many like it, were an off shoot of the 60’s love of all things Hawaiian and tiki. Having sat at the pool bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and looked out over Waikiki Beach, I can see where they got the name.
Only distilled run made from sugar cane juice from Brazil can be called Cachaca. To make cachaça, sugarcane is washed and pressed through large metal rollers to extract the juice. Then, the juice is filtered and fermented. The sugarcane juice is fermented from one to three days then distilled, cooled and filtered again. The result is a white rum that has notes of raw sugar cane and the leavening agent that the individual distiller uses to make their own special blend. This drink is server the traditional way with little other than the Cachaca in the drink to enjoy the true flavor.
Many drinks are an offshoot of the Gin and Vodka drinks out of the 20’s and 30’s that are part of the Cape Codder family which is Vodka and Cranberry. There are many variations on this drink like the Bay Breeze, Sea Breeze, Greyhound… Any way you look at it the drink reminds you of summer by the sea!Perfect for the occasion where a lower proof is needed like, brunch or a afternoon get together. The Citrus Brunch is a light pretty drink that hits all the high citrus notes with the sparkle of Champagne.
The cosmo or Cosmopolitan was a fixture on the bar scene as early as the mix 80’s. The drink was further popularized among young women by its frequent mention on the television program Sex and the City, where Sarah Jessica Parker's character, Carrie Bradshaw, commonly ordered the drink when out with her girlfriends. The film adaptation made a reference to its popularity when Miranda asks why they stopped drinking them, Carrie replies "because everyone else started."
Very similar to a cosmo, the Cranberry Martini has an additional edge to it from the dry vermouth. Tart and tangy and not as sweet, we think this one might be a bit better.
Daiquirí became popular in the 1940s. Wartime rationing made whiskey, vodka, etc., hard to come by, yet because of Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy (which opened up trade and travel relations with Latin America, Cuba and the Caribbean), rum was easily obtainable. The Good Neighbor Policy (also known as 'The Pan-American program'), helped make Latin America seem fashionable. Consequently, rum-based drinks (once frowned upon as being the domain of sailors and down-and-outs), also became fashionable, and the Daiquirí saw a tremendous rise in popularity in the US. Originally served over cracked ice, Bacardi Rum, sugar and fresh lime juice it is now served frozen with a variety of different flavors. Two of our favorites are the lime and peach are included as well. Other fruits that translate well are peach, strawberries, raspberries or papaya.This cocktails if chock full of Citrus. Makes you feel like you're in the middle of a drink Florida commercial if they had alcohol in them! All the citrus juices and liqueurs blend well together and it’s a great late afternoon or early evening drink. Love this drink! Sweet and fun it hits all the flavor marks for a summer cocktail. We love the Raw Vanilla Liqueur, not the Schnapps, by Dr. McGillicuddy. It brings a great smoothness and rich flavor to the drink. Did we say we love it!
The Harvey Wallbanger is reported to have been invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato 'Duke' Antone (Paolantonio). The Harvey Wallbanger was made popular by then Galliano salesman, George Bednard. Legend has it that the drink was named after a Manhattan Beach surfer who was a regular patron of Duke's 'Blackwatch' Bar on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood during the early 1950s.A great classic cocktail of Rum, Maraschino Cherry Liqueur, key lime juice and grapefruit juice, this drink is the perfect summer drink. Time to go back to the 40's.
The creation the Hurricane a passion fruit-colored relative of a Daiquiri drink is credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O'Brien. In the 1940s, he needed to create a new drink to help him get rid of all of the less popular rum that local distributors forced him to buy before he could get a few cases of more popular liquors such as scotch and whiskey. He poured the drink into hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses and gave it away. The drink caught on, and it has been a trademark in the French Quarter ever since. It is a great drink that has enough flavor that you can use a less expensive run and it still tastes great. Great as a party drink on June 1st or mixes easily into batches.
Lemonade Lush is a lemon twist on a margarita. Less on the lime side and more on the sour lemon side this drink is a great counterpoint to the traditional margarita.
Long Island Iced Tea has disputed origins. Tea. However, numerous sources attribute the origin to one or both of two inventors in the 1970s or 1920s. The most believable is that Robert "Rosebud" Butt claims to have invented the drink as an entry in a contest to create a new mixed drink including Triple Sec, in 1972 while he worked at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, NY. Local rumors also ascribe the origin to either Butt or another bartender at the Old Beach Inn, Chris Bendicksen. It remains a kick sand in your face and get drunk kinda drink with 4 spirits and a cordial that make this drink about 22 proof when all is said and done. Back in the 20’s when many spirits were passed off as “tea” to avoid the stigma of drinking there were some similar drinks and even if they were a precursor to this drink it is more of a nod then a true twist on those drinks.
Mai Tai comes with multiple recipes depending on which version you like, the Trader Vic’s (1940’s) or Don the Beachcomber (1930’s). Either way both capitalized on the Polynesian trends of the 50’s and 60’s. A great fruit and rum based drink; no Tiki party would be complete without with a Mai Tai with an umbrella! Featured in the Elvis movie “Blue Hawaii” the drink has remained popular since then as a beach side have to have. So whatever recipe you use this is a wonderful fun drink that will be the hit of any pool party.Nothing says summer like a Daiquiri! This Mango Daiquiri is not only fun but it has a wonderful taste that is light and fruity without being coy. The fresh key lime juice helps enhance the flavor of the mango and give it a nice tart back taste.
This is the drink that started it all. A group of friends vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii decided to start this website. It was our love of cocktails or maybe just a few too many Mauna Kea Punches!A fun drink that looks as good as it tastes with Vodka, blue Curacao and vanilla liqueur. We thought it reminded us of the sky at midnight!
The Mojito is a rum based drink that is based on a drink from the 1800’s out of Cuba. Classic Mojitos have only Rum, sugar, lime juice and fresh mint. The ultimate summer cooler it is often served with a splash of soda to make it even lighter. White or amber Rums are used for a crisp clean taste. These go down way too easy so keep track of the number while sitting around the pool.
The Passion Fruit Punch and Peachy Keen are great summer drinks that play into the seasonal fruits and tastes of summer. Great around the pool or with a midday brunch these drinks bring of the best in food while tasting like the best that summer has to offer.
The Passion Fruit Punch and Peachy Keen are great summer drinks that play into the seasonal fruits and tastes of summer. Great around the pool or with a midday brunch these drinks bring of the best in food while tasting like the best that summer has to offer."
Ramón Marrero, created the Pina Colada using Don Q rum. After spending months perfecting the recipe, Mr. Marrero created and sold the first piña colada on August 15, 1954, while working as the head bartender at the Caribe Hilton International Hotel, the most popular hotel in Puerto Rico among the 1950s. Mr. Marrero subsequently received numerous awards and recognition for his creation. The earliest known reference to a drink specifically called a piña colada is from TRAVEL magazine, December 1922: ""But best of all is a piña colada, the juice of a perfectly ripe pineapple—a delicious drink in itself—rapidly shaken up with ice, sugar, lime and Bacardi rum in delicate proportions. What could be more luscious, more mellow and more fragrant?"" This quote describes a drink without coconut, as the piña colada was originally just the juice of a fresh pineapple served either strained (colada) or unstrained (sin colar). This evolved into a rum drink, and finally it changed into the drink we know today."
Planters Punch is today considered not a specific cocktail, but rather has grown as the generic name for a set of rum-based punches. Recipes vary, containing some combination of lemon juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, orange juice, grenadine, soda water, curaçao, Angostura bitters, and cayenne pepper. Another one of the drinks popularized by Trader Vic’s as part of the Tiki bar explosion. The first mention of the drink is in the late 1800’s and again in 1905. It gained popularity in the 50’s and 60’s as the tropical drink craze swept the US. Our recipe has all the standard ingredients but there are many variations on this theme. This is a drink you can play around with, more pineapple or less… It really is a matter of taste.We love a good Mojito and this is one of them. We used the 1883 Mojito syrup and fresh raspberries to really make this pop. Enjoy… With Rose syrup from 1883 and Hibiscus Vodka this martini is as tasty as it is pretty. A delightful light tasting martini that will make you feel like a princess!
Legend has it, Rum Runners were invented in the late 1950's at the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar in Islamorada, Florida. Supposedly, the bar had an excess of rum and certain liqueurs, hence all the somewhat bizarre number of liqueurs that are included in almost any recipe out there for a Rum Runner, that needed to be gotten rid of to make room in the liquor closet. They named the drink after the real "Rum Runners" that inhabited the Florida Keys in the early days running Rum in from Cuba and the islands.
Many changes are made as the Rum Runner passed through time. Most recipes are altered by using different amounts of the same ingredients. Sometimes an ingredient may be substituted or changed and the recipe will remain intact. The only ingredient that remains sacred is of course the Rum.
The Salty Dog is the vodka version of the Greyhound. Most of these drinks are a riff on the drinks of the 1930’s when fruit juices were used to mask the taste of sub-par alcohol due to prohibition. A great summer drink with a salted rim and tang of grapefruit juice it is a drink for those of you who prefer salty over sweet.
Many drinks are an offshoot of the Gin and Vodka drinks out of the 20’s and 30’s that are part of the Cap Codder family which is Vodka and Cranberry. There are many variations on this drink like the Bay Breeze, Sea Breeze, (Vodka, Grapefruit and Cranberry), Greyhound… Any way you look at it these drinks remind you of summer by the sea!
The Singapore Sling is a South-East Asian cocktail that was invented in the early 1900’s by Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore. Originally made with Gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and fresh pineapple juice, primarily from regional pineapples which have a different flavor and when shaken create a foamy top on the drink. While you don’t need fresh pineapple juice using 100% juice that is not canned gives this drink a much better taste. If you want to go all out the flavor of fresh pineapple is easy to make if you have a juicer. Most readily available pineapples are from Dole in Hawaii and are still very good but if you are a purist you can look for Sarawak pineapples which may be available at specialty produce houses or grocery stores like Fresh Market or Whole Foods.
Daiquiri became popular in the 1940s. Wartime rationing made whiskey, vodka, etc., hard to come by, yet because of Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy (which opened up trade and travel relations with Latin America, Cuba and the Caribbean), rum was easily obtainable. The Good Neighbor Policy (also known as 'The Pan-American program'), helped make Latin America seem fashionable. Consequently, rum-based drinks (once frowned upon as being the domain of sailors and down-and-outs), also became fashionable, and the Daiquiri saw a tremendous rise in popularity in the US. Originally served over cracked ice, Bacardi Rum, sugar and fresh lime juice it is now served frozen with a variety of different flavors. Two of our favorites are the lime and peach are included as well. Other fruits that translate well are peach, strawberries, raspberries or papaya.
A great summer drink that goes into fall. The Tennessee Honey blends well with the lemonade and the pomegranate adds a nice touch. Try a Tennessee Summerade for that drink that eases you into fall.
A twist on the classic Cachaca, the Tropical Cachaca has a little Amaretto and orange juice instead of the classic lime. Very tasty!So fun and tasty, Vanilla Citrus Liqueur, Coconut Vodka and a touch of Elderflower Liqueur makes this a unique martini.
Margaritas have come a long way from the classic Tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice. There are many variations as well as serving options. Frozen, Rocks, Up, Salted or not are all part of the large group of recipes. A basic search could return 100’s of recipes all slightly different. At the core though remains Tequila and lime. Adding any number of fruits, switching out the liquors and lead to an endless variety. Some of our favorites, the classic Agave Margarita, the fall taste of the Italian Margarita or the dramatic kick of the Top Shelf Margarita are very drinkable. All of these drinks will get you started exploring the wonderful world of Margaritas and Tequilas. The fewer ingredients and liquors the better the Tequila needs to be for the best taste. Invented in the 1940’s it has, in all its permutations, remained a popular drink since then.A riff on the Cosmo, the Blood Orange Cosmo is a little less sweet with a more complex taste. Very enjoyable. Sweet and very fun, the Cosmalize is a Cosmo with Alize Gold. Very good and just as deadly! Lots of Citrus and Pineaple flavors make the Brassy Blond a good pool side drink. You can serve in a cocktail glass or over ice with a little extra pineapple juice if you'd like to cut down on the proof! Crawdaddy is light and refreshing; just the right amount to tartness to make that summer cocktail the best! This drink is almost frozen but not quite, with crushed ice and Orange and Vanilla flavors it will have you remembering those hot summers days when you were a kid. Just a kiss of Maraschino liqueur, the Cherry Kiss is a light fun drink that will give you just a hint of fall with the dusting of nutmeg. The Dessert Healer will cure what ails ya, great for a late afternoon or early evening cocktail this drink is a nice refreshing twist on a gin and juice. Peach Mango Mojito is a smooth and refreshing summer drink. This drink is perfect for a party or poolside on a hot afternoon. It's the classic mojito with a fruity twist. A little harder to put together than your average Margarita, it has 3 layers so you make one at a time and hold in the freezer until you are ready to layer them . It is a fun way to celebrate the 4th with a Red White and Blue Margarita! A twist on the Dark and Stormy the Tropical Storm is fun and tasty with hints of pineapple and dark rum floats!
All drinks listed are: Agave Margarita, Algonquin, Amaretto Sangria, Aperol Spritz, Azure Lemonade, Bacardi Cocktail, Bahaman Breeze, Basil Blueberry Lemonade, Bay Breeze, Berri Mojito, Black and Blue Margarita, Blood Orange Cosmo, Blue Hawaiian, Boston Cooler, Brassy Blond, Cachaca, Cape Codder, Cherry Bomb, Cherry Kiss, Ciroc Chic, Citrus Brunch, Coco Light Martini, Coconut Sangria, Cosmalize, Cosmopolitian, Cranberry Martini, Crawdaddy, Daiquiri, Dessert Healer, Florida Citrus Breeze, Frozen Nutty Irishman, Fun In The Sun, Ginger Blush, Guava Lime Cooler, Harvey Wallbanger, Hemingway, Hurricane, Kona Sunset, Lava Flow, Lemon Acai Cooler, Lemonade Lush, Long Island Iced Tea, Mai Tai, Mango Daiquari, Martini Madre, Mauna Kea Punch, Midnight Mixologist, Mojito, Mountain Breeze, Orangesicle, Passion Fruit Punch, Peach Mango Mojito, Peach Sangria, Peachy Keen, Pina Colada, Planters Punch, Pom Pom, Prosecco Punch, Raspberry Mojito, Red Berry Sangria, Red White And Blue Margarita, Rose Hibiscus Martini, Rum Runner, Salty Dog, Sea Breeze, Singapore Sling, Sparkling Hibiscus, Strawberry Daiquiri, Summer Spice, Tennessee Summerade, Tropical Cachaca, Tropical Island, Tropical Lifesaver, Tropical Storm, Tropics, Vanilla Coconut Martini, Watermelon Margarita, Watermelon Mint Spritzer, White Summer Sangria,