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Light and refreshing this is a perfect drink for a summer brunch. Add fresh blueberries and basil with homemade lemonade and a 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.

Some times you just need a bloody good drink! Blood Orange Mojito fills that spot and then some. Try it out and you may never go back!

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.

There is a lot of complexity in this cocktail with the layers of taste coming at you both together and one at a time. The bitters with the light taste of Absinthe is rich and a little dark. This gives way to the bite of the Rye then the mellowness of the Benedictine. Very classic for a great reason! Lots of taste. One to pull out to impress. Classic cocktail from the turn of the 19th century this cocktail is great for warmer weather. It's gone through lots of changes over the years but this is a modern take that is quite close to the original. 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.

There have been whole blogs books and articles written on the Martini and if it should be shaken or stirred. Stirring is recommended for all drinks that do not contain fruit juice as it keeps the ice pieces created when shaking from diluting the drink. Martini people take their gin very seriously. So let’s break it down, Martinis = Gin and Vermouth. Modern Martinis use dry or white Vermouth. Now a days a dry Martini is one that has very little Vermouth, the dryer the smaller the portion of Vermouth to Gin, those with more Vermouth are wet. A dirty Martini is one where the brine from the olive jar is poured into the drink adding a salty taste. When you move into Vodka Martinis these are not true Martinis but are part of the drinks that are called Martinis or fill in the blank – tinis. Since we are more interested in what tasted good, a personal choice, we have a variety of Martinis including some that are tini’s called that more because of the glass they are served in as opposed to being a classic Martini. So have yours shaken or stirred, it’s up to you! Just enjoy. Like all spirit only drinks this is where you want to spend you dollars on the good stuff. Have a Gin tasting party with everyone bringing different brands and you’ll find that the tastes vary wildly. Have fun and bottoms up.

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, Greyhound… Any way you look at it the drink reminds you of summer by the sea!

The Island Swizzle is a great around the pool drink. A step up from your regular rum based drinks the bitters and almond syrup are stepping in the direction of mixology where you play flavors against each other to make something truly unique. The mint gives this drink a clean sharp edge that melds well with the Spiced Rum. So this is for your more adventurous friends that are into something different than your normal rum punches.

Fun to look at this Kiwi Spring Lemonade has citrus Vodka and Chartreuse for a herbal twist on the classic lemonade. Not only does it make it more interesting but it keeps it from becoming too sweet!

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.

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!


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.


Pink Lemonade is everything a good summer drink should be. Clean and crisp with a touch of raspberry liqueur makes this drink very drinkable on those hot summer days. A nice kick with the Citron flavored Vodka makes this a drink you should keep all the ingredients on hand for all summer long.

A great take on "Gin and Juice", the addition of Cointreau and Grenadine offset the tart of the fresh lemon and orange juice in the Red Lion. Great to look at and even better going down, it's one of our new favorites.

A very different cocktail the Savory Tangerine is for those who like a little herbal flavor. Using muddled fennel, Citrus Vodka, Blood Orange Liqueur and Tangerine juice this is a drink that is out of the ordinary.

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.

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.

We don't know if Jerry Garcia drank these at Woodstock but I'm sure anyone would like this drink. Smooth and balanced with a nice little kick, this drink can turn into your favorite song.

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. A summer drink with Blended Whiskey, the Hawaiian Stone Sour is a great cocktail for those who like their summer with a little more bite. 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 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: Algonquin, Amaretto Sangria, Basil Blueberry Lemonade, Bay Breeze, Blood Orange Mojito, Boston Cooler, Brassy Blond, Bucks Fizz, Cachaca, Carolina Peach Sangria, Ciroc Chic, Cocktail A La Louisiane, Coco Light Martini, Coconut Sangria, Crawdaddy, Daisy, English Summer, Fern Gulley, Florida Citrus Breeze, Grey Goose Martini, Greyhound, Guava Lime Cooler, Hawaiian Stone Sour, Island Swizzle, Italian Citrus, Kiwi Spring Lemonade, Lemonade Lush, Little Italy, Martini Madre, Mauna Kea Punch, Mountain Breeze, Orangesicle, Peach Mango Mojito, Peach Sangria, Pina Colada, Pink Lemonade, Red Berry Sangria, Red Lion, Rum Sour, Savory Tangerine, Strawberry Daiquiri, Summer Spice, Tennessee Summerade, Tropical Lifesaver, Tropical Storm, Watermelon Margarita, White Summer Sangria, Woodstock,