Memories with a Honolulu Cocktail



The best vacation ever, for me, was when Bill and I went to Hawaii!




I love Hawaii, I love everything about it!  


It was love at first sight, from my view of the sands of Waikiki Beach, the turquoise water, the gentle lapping of the oceans' waves, to the lush tropical setting over all of Oahu.  It was heavenly, for sure!

Then there was the food:  kalua pork, shave ice, anything with coconut and/or pineapple, and the huge variety of seafood.  All the delicious drinks like the Man Tai that usually comes to mind, the Blue Hawaii, the Lava Flow and on to this tropical classic that surprisingly did not originate in Hawaii...

The Honolulu Cocktail was an old 1930’s signature cocktail, from the famous Brown Derby in Hollywood. 

It tastes pretty much like gin with a bunch of juices.  I love the taste of dry gin, but this was a first for me, combining it with the juices - that’s more or less the recipe.  The juniper is distinct but cut down by the sweet juices.  The gin has a totally different taste with the pineapple, orange and lemon, not unpleasant at all:  just not like the usual gin drink.  




The fruit juices in the drink evidently led to the name and create a touch of the tropical islands’ flavors.  If you like the taste of fruitier cocktails, this is for you!



Honolulu Cocktail

A little sip of this fruity cocktail conjures up tropical breezes and sandy beaches!

ingredients:

1 dash of Angostura bitters
¼ teaspoon pineapple juice
¼ teaspoon orange juice
¼ teaspoon lemon juice 
½ teaspoon powdered sugar
1½ ounces gin

instructions:

Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. 
Garnish with a pineapple chunk or lemon twist.




Cheers!



24 comments:

  1. You are so right about how wonderful Hawaii is! I love it too.

    I've been to the Big Island many times, and recently, I've been very sad for the small towns on the southeast corner that are being obliterated by the eruption of the volcano there. I'm also horrified by the obnoxious troll who is forcing many native Hawaiian poke sellers to change their business names -- he took out a copyright on the word "Aloha" which is wrong in so many ways. I guess I should drown my anger and sorrow in one of your cocktails!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi Mae! Yes, so sad for those towns with the destruction the volcano has caused. And, that's pretty incredible about the poke sellers. I think it's the Aloha Poke chain in Chicago that began proceedings for the name change. That's crazy and an insult to Hawaiians! Thanks for the visit!

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  3. And you just had to post that while I'm working and chained to my desk, didn't you?
    :)

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  4. Sorry, son! Keep up the good work! :)

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  5. I just love your description of Hawai and its food (never been there).
    Your glass with the fruity cocktail looks very inviting.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! I loved Hawaii, it was paradise to me. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Sounds perfect for sipping all summer long. We've been to 3 of the islands but would love to get back!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I would like to return also! Take care

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  7. Looks so tempting and I would love to have a sip!

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    1. It's good for sipping, Angie! Thanks for the visit!

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  8. Pam, We've been to Hawaii a couple of times with copious drinks too, but I don't think we've ever had a Honolulu Cocktail. Sounds great! We've done all 4 islands and liked the big island best although I'd skip it for now. 2nd favorite was Kauai although we did love the road to Hanna on Maui. I have enough air miles left that we make make the trip one more time... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Good, Dave! It's a great place to visit! We were there 9/11 so were not permitted to visit the other islands, but we had an extended stay there until we could get a plane home, which was great. Honolulu was about like a ghost town the day we left, but fortunately we visited Pearl Harbor the day before ` they immediately shut it down on 9/11. It's one too long plane ride though!!!

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  9. Looks delicious and what a special memory from your trip!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Hope you're having a great day!

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  10. I have never been to Hawaii, but I am hoping to get there one day. This cocktail sounds delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! I hope you go there, it's a great place to visit!

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  11. i haven't been to hawaii but i'm 100% sure i'd love it! this sounds like a good cocktail for me--the more things to mask the flavor of the alcohol, the better! :)

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  12. I have never been to Hawaii and I do not think I will ever get ther now. I could though of course try the cocktail and dream. So glad that you are back. Diane

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  13. I've heard of this cocktail, but never tasted it. Or made it! I need to, though -- looks terrific. Love how the fruit juices are used for just a bit of flavoring -- neat concept. Thanks!

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  14. I love Hawaii (was just in Maui this past April), gin, and fruity cocktails, so this is just up my alley.

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  15. I wish I have that cocktail right now, and I wish to visit Hawaii, someday! Great that you had a good vacation with Bill!

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  16. I am so happy you changed your mind! we all have to keep food blogging community alive! Hawaii is a dream for me. I love the cocktail!

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