Tropical Delights

We have fun food and cocktails for to make your pool or outdoor party the best yet. Bring on the grass skirts and tiki torches and kick back with a Mai Tai or Blue Hawaiian! Just click on the pictures to see the recipes.  


Blue Hawaiian gets its name from the beautiful blue of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii. Created by Harry Yee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1957 when a sales rep asked him to make a drink using Blue Curaçao liqueur. Curacao is an orange based liqueur that is often colored blue or orange and used extensively in tropical themed drinks. It does have a tie to the Elvis movie “Blue Hawaii” but it is fairly loose in nature. This drink, and like many like it, were an off shoot of the 60’s love of all things Hawaiian and tiki. Having sat at the pool bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and looked out over Waikiki Beach, I can see where they got the name..  It is the quintessential Hawaiian cocktail, oh pool boy - 



Mango Daiquiri - Nothing says summer like a Daiquiri!  This Mango Daiquiri is not only fun but it has a wonderful taste that is light and fruity without being coy.   The fresh key lime juice helps enhance the flavor of the mango and give it a nice tart back taste.




Rum Runner:

Legend has it, Rum Runners were invented in the late 1950's at the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar in Islamorada, Florida. Supposedly, the bar had an excess of rum and certain liqueurs, hence all the somewhat bizarre number of liqueurs that are included in almost any recipe out there for a Rum Runner, that needed to be gotten rid of to make room in the liquor closet.  They named the drink after the real "Rum Runners" that inhabited the Florida Keys in the early days running Rum in from Cuba and the islands.  Many changes are made as the Rum Runner passed through time. Most recipes are altered by using different amounts of the same ingredients. Sometimes an ingredient may be substituted or changed and the recipe will remain intact.  The only ingredient that remains sacred is of course the Rum.


Mai Tai comes with multiple recipes depending on which version you like, the Trader Vic’s (1940’s) or Don the Beachcomber (1930’s).  Either way both capitalized on the Polynesian trends of the 50’s and 60’s.  A great fruit and rum based drink; no Tiki party would be complete without with a Mai Tai with an umbrella!  Featured in the Elvis movie “Blue Hawaii” the drink has remained popular since then as a beach side have to have.   So whatever recipe you use this is a wonderful fun drink that will be the hit of any pool party.



The Hawaiian Mimosa is a tropical cocktail made with sparkling wine.  Malibu Rum, Pineapple Juice and Sparkling Wine and you're all done.




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.



Love this drink, Fun in the Sun!  Sweet and fun it hits all the flavor marks for a summer cocktail.  We love the Raw Vanilla Liqueur, not the Schnapps, by Dr. McGillicuddy.  It brings a great smoothness and rich flavor to the drink.  Did we say we love it!


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!




The Hibiscus Margarita is a smooth slightly sweet margarita that starts off your party with a high class taste and unique point of view.  More on the mixology side it takes the basic margarita to a whole new level.



Planters Punch is today considered not a specific cocktail, but rather has grown as the generic name for a set of rum-based punches. Recipes vary, containing some combination of lemon juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, orange juice, grenadine, soda water, curaçao, Angostura bitters, and cayenne pepper.  Another one of the drinks popularized by Trader Vic’s as part of the Tiki bar explosion.  The first mention of the drink is in the late 1800’s and again in 1905.  It gained popularity in the 50’s and 60’s as the tropical drink craze swept the US.  Our recipe has all the standard ingredients but there are many variations on this theme.  This is a drink you can play around with, more pineapple or less…  It really is a matter of taste.




The creation the Hurricane, a passion fruit-colored relative of a Daiquiri, is credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O'Brien. In the 1940s, he needed to create a new drink to help him get rid of all of the less popular rum that local distributors forced him to buy before he could get a few cases of more popular liquors such as scotch and whiskey.  He poured the drink into hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses and gave it away. The drink caught on, and it has been a trademark in the French Quarter ever since.  It is a great drink that has enough flavor that you can use a less expensive run and it still tastes great.  Great as a party drink for the start of Hurricane season on June 1st or mixes easily into batches.