Mai Tai (Courtesy Photo)

Mai Tai (Courtesy Photo)

Five drinks worth sipping in Hawaii

You’re basking in the warm Hawaiian sun while sitting along the beach. The azure blue ocean is inviting, as you feel the soft trade winds blowing and hear the sound of music in the distance. What do you need? A cold, refreshing cocktail in your hand. Whether it be a blended and frothy drink or a libation on ice, cocktails never go out of style. Here are the “Five Drinks Worth Sipping in Hawaii.”

Mai Tai

The celebrated Mai Tai is often synonymous with Hawaii, but funny enough this staple cocktail was most likely invented in California and its exact origin is still hotly debated. Whether created at Trader Vic’s or Don the Beachcomber in The Golden State, Hawaii, and its visitors, have adopted this uber popular drink as its own.

Created using rum, pineapple juice, Curaçao and lime juice this cocktail perfect for sipping is almost always served with a pineapple wedge, Maraschino cherry and a colorful paper umbrella. You can’t get any more iconic than that!

Lava Flow

If you like Pina Coladas then you’ll love the always sweet and creamy Lava Flow. Crafted to simulate the appearance of lava flowing in your frosty glass, the mixture is appealing to the eyes and taste buds as the sweet blended beverage is served in an impressive hurricane glass.

The foundation of the drink is composed of blended strawberries poured into the bottom of the glass, then a mixture of rum, coconut milk, banana and pineapple juice are added. When poured in, the “flow” will rise along the side of the glass and the sipping begins. Top with a pineapple and cherry and you are camera ready!

Blue Hawaii

You can’t go to Hawaii and not have a Blue Hawaii. This iconic drink was crafted by legendary bartender Harry Yee who was instrumental in Waikiki’s Tiki Bar culture and worked at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1957. Before the celebrated song and movie with the same name, starring Elvis Presley, was released, Yee was encouraged to create this cocktail for hotel guests and inspired by the color of the Pacific Ocean.

The traditional version of the Blue Hawaii is made with vodka, rum, blue curaçao, sweet & sour and fresh pineapple juice. And as the creator suggests, it should always be over ice and never blended.

Lilikoi Mojito

It’s refreshing, perfect on a hot sunny day and has a hint of mint and citrus to cleanse the palate. The tasty Mojito comes from the Caribbean and was most likely created in Cuba. But there are many variations and additions to this fiercely popular drink.

In Hawaii we add a little tropical touch using lilikoi (passion fruit). The mixture is like a mint julep, paired with a little sweet and sour. The perfect Lilikoi Mojito is composed of rum, lots of fresh mint, lime, sugar, soda water and fresh lilikoi juice.

Li Hing Mui Margarita

If you love the combination of sweet and salty, the Margarita is always a fine choice. We Hawaiians like to add a little pizazz to the flavor profile with something unique; Li Hing Mui is a dried salted plum that has been ground into a zesty orange powder and adds brilliant color and flavor to both foods and beverages.

Your typical Margarita consists of tequila, lime juice, Cointreau and salt or sugar on the rim. But in Hawaii do as the locals do and add Li Hing Mui to the rim and the beverage. You’ll sip your way into heaven.

In Hawaii, we have an abundance of fresh fruits and tropical flavors to tantalize your senses and taste buds and to refresh your palate. These iconic and progressive additions to your cocktail list are a must try while in the islands.

Hawaii.com offers more insider travel tips as well as vacation packages at www.hawaii.com.

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