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 Volume 5 No.4 Fall 2009 866.574.1909 

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Good Libations

Nothing says Hawaii like relaxing poolside with a cold tropical drink, whether alcoholic or not.  Although most of us aren’t on a year-round vacation it doesn’t mean we can’t relax at home with the same libations you enjoy on your tropical getaway.  This issue we’re giving recipes for some of the most popular tropical drinks you’ll come across in Hawaii. Now you can take more than just your tan back home from paradise.

Mai Tai

A Hawaiian classic, even though it was invented in Oakland, California in 1944 at the Trader Vic’s “Polynesia-style” restaurant. Imbued with the flavors of fresh tropical fruits and rum, it’s probably the one drink that actually tastes  like Hawaii. The key to this delicious drink is the orgeat syrup (pronounced OHR-ZHA).

Original Trader Vic Formula – 1944

  • 2 oz of 17-year old J. Wray & Nephew Rum over shaved ice
  • Add juice from one fresh lime
  • 1/2 oz Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao
  • 1/4 oz Trader Vic's Rock Candy Syrup
  • 1/2 oz French Garnier Orgeat Syrup
  • Shake vigorously.

Add a sprig of fresh mint

Pina Colada

Although it’s the official beverage of Puerto Rico, the pina colada is one of the most popular drinks in Hawaii. A sweet, rum-based cocktail made with coconut cream and pineapple juice it is usually served either blended or shaken with ice. Few drinks are more refreshing and fragrant. For the virgin version, just skip the rum.


  • 4 oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • 3 oz. rum
  • 2 oz. coconut cream
  • 2 cups crushed ice


Pour all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend briefly at high speed. Strain into a glass and serve. Garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple and a cherry.

Lava Flow

Do you like pina coladas?  Do you like strawberry daiquiris?  If the answer to both of those questions was “yes”, then you’ll love a lava flow.  Basically a strawberry pina colada, it adds a new twist to an old favorite.


  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. Malibu® coconut rum
  • 2 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. coconut cream


Blend the 2 rums and strawberries in a blender to form a smooth paste. Pour this mixture into a tall (such as Collins or Hurricane) glass. Rinse the blender. Blend the banana, the coconut cream and the pineapple juice in the blender with crushed ice until smooth. Pour this mixture into the glass with the rums very slowly and watch as the strawberry mixture oozes its way to the top along the sides of the glass creating the flowing lava effect. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and paper umbrella.

Blue Hawaii

Invented in 1957 by Harry Lee, the legendary bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, this classic Hawaiian cocktail is actually not named after the 1961 Elvis Presley film of the same name. Instead, the name comes from the film’s title song, a hit composed by Leo Robin for the 1937 Bing Crosby film Waikiki Wedding. Regardless of how it got its name, though, the Blue Hawaii is a staple in bars throughout the state.


1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/4 oz. Creme de Coconut
3 - 4 oz. Pineapple Juice


On the Rocks - Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Mix well and strain into a collins or small hurricane glass filled with crushed ice.

Blended - Combine with a scoop of ice in an electric mixer. Mix well (15 - 20 sec). Pour into collins or small hurricane glass.

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