Do you remember Hi C fruit punch? Getting bright red smile lines from the corners of your lips up to your cheeks? Do they even sell that stuff anymore? Probably not with all the sweeteners and dyes I’m sure it was made from. Apparently such things are horrific and we were lucky to survive childhood consuming all those body damaging products. Reward yourself for making it to adulthood unscathed with a drink sure to stir up all kinds of nostalgic taste memories, and provide you with a little kick! Fruit punch taste with the addition of alcohol. Oh yeah!
The title of this drink truly irritates me. I hate it when normal words are spelled incorrectly on purpose to make them “interesting”. For me, it only serves to make a word totally annoying. As if the English language isn’t odd enough, I have to explain to my kids why some marketing “genius” decided to mess things all up even more. Dumb. See? Right there. A silent “b” at the end of a word. What’s that all about? Who decided to keep that as part of English? Whoever it was, congrats. Because that alone is plenty to make our language full of intrigue. Wait, and the silent “w”. Those are just wrong.
Not only is my friend Bethany an excellent cook, she also enjoys mixing cocktails. It’s one of her many endearing qualities. She threw together this little drink while we were visiting and it was delicious! We decided to name it the Kihei Killer. Enjoy!
from Bethany’s Bar
2 ounces pina colada mix
2 ounces orange juice
2 ounces vodka
4 ounces Malibu Black
1 ounce pineapple juice
dash of grenadine
Mix well over ice and strain into glass.
I stumbled upon this drink and thought it was only fitting to share as I will soon be basking on the warm sand of a Hawaiian beach. I am not genetically blessed, or maybe just didn’t appropriately apply coconut body lotion while pregnant and as such, I will not be in a bikini – but I figured I could test drive this drink anyway. It’s fruity and fun. Delightfully sweet, but not too much. It’s like summer in a glass. Perfect for sipping while soaking up some rays, or bringing a little sunshine to your dark, depressing winter day.
This is my current absolute favorite drink. I love it. During all the parties of the holidays I made giant batches of it and brought it with me everywhere. It’s potent and perfectly pom-licious. I warn you though – I’ve seen 6′ 4″ men succumb to the power of these “tinis”. They think it’s a girly drink and they’ll have no problem plowing thru a couple. They are wrong. As my husband recently said “Honey, if bars made ‘girly drinks’ the way you make them, all men would drink girly drinks at bars”. It’s true.
Make sure you use the real pomegranate juice (pictured) if you can. It makes all the difference in the world. And, you get antioxidant super juice with your alcohol! You can substitute triple sec for the Cointreau if you want, but a) it will be less powerful and b) it won’t be nearly as smooth and delicious. I don’t like my drinks sweet really – and the triple sec just makes it a little sugary for my tastes. Enjoy!
2 parts vodka
2 parts pomegranate juice
1 part Cointreau
Combine all ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously 30 times. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime if desired.
For those of you unfamiliar with the 1 part/2 parts recipe format — this means if you’re making 1 drink, do 2 ounces vodka & pom and 1 ounce Cointreau. If you’re making a batch, do 2 cups vodka & pom and 1 cup Cointreau.
A good lemon drop martini is a perfect balance of tart and sweet. It should have enough vodka to give it a slightly dry martini feel in your mouth, but enough juice and sweetness to be utterly refreshing. This is my version. I think it’s pretty much perfect.
I really enjoy making drinks with my own spin on them. I also love anything I can make in a giant batch and bring to a party. I have a to-go container with a lid that I bring along with me to add a little cheer wherever I’m going. It holds almost a gallon of happy. This is one of my favorite beverages to liven up a get-together. And, since it’s clear, I don’t have to concern myself that someone might spill and ruin carpet or upholstery. Aren’t I a considerate guest?
There are similar versions of this drink around. Similar, but not nearly as good. You may have heard them called a Bahama Mama, Rum Runner or The Bucket. It’s famous in my family as “that thing Lizzy makes that’s sooooo good and totally full of alcohol”. Lizzy is my baby sister Elizabeth. She’s a bartender and she made up this drink. She loves pirates, mostly the Johnny Depp variety. Especially when he says “Elizabeth”. So, she named it Pirate’s Punch. It’ll make you walk and talk just like Depp’s “Jack Sparrow“. Ahem. Sorry. Captain Jack Sparrow.
It’s here!! The winner of the Seattle Chocolates giveaway! Hooray! Free chocolate! Thank you for sharing, subscribing and following! I’m so blessed to have such wonderful readers. I wish I could give chocolate to you all. Alas, I have only one bag to give away. So without further delay…
I’ve never really understood the concept of not mixing your liquor. I hear it all the time. It goes something like this. “Oh, I can’t have a Cosmo because I’ve been drinking Mai Tais all night. I don’t want to mix my drinks.” Tangent…I just realized my cosmopolitan recipe isn’t posted on this blog. Horrors! Must fix that soon! Back to the Long Island. It slaps you upside the head and says “Just throw it all in there!”. This bar staple has five different kinds of alcohol. Talk about mixing drinks! Pretty much the only thing it DOESN’T have is tea!