temperatures are rising – cool down!


With temperatures quickly rising, we’re all looking for ways to cool down. I saw these incredible looking and tasting drinks developed by mixologist Kerry Mekeel at the Hotel Wailea in Maui. One sip and you’ll be island-bound in no time!

Huli pau!

image002Kula Country Lemonade

2oz vodka of choice
3 spearmint leaves
3 fresh very ripe strawberries
1 cup fresh squeezed lemonade

In a blender add strawberries and lemonade, after thoroughly blended, add to vodka and shake well. Tear the mint leaves to release the flavor and scent, and then add to cocktail.

3 strawberries to one cup of lemonade should make enough juice for 2 cocktails.


image004Liquid Sunshine

2oz vodka of choice
1-2 teaspoons of fresh juiced ginger (depending on taste)
Top glass with fresh liliko’i juice* (passion fruit juice)

Shake and enjoy!

To make fresh liliko’i juice you need 1 liliko’i per 1 cup of water. Use all of the insides of the fruit: seeds, pulp & juice. To sweeten, you can use organic cane sugar, pure honey or agave nectar. If you use sugar add 2 tablespoons per 1 fruit/1 cup water. If you use honey/agave, use 1 tablespoon. Liliko’i can be too tart for some, so make sure the fruit is in ripest stage. Also, add more or less sweetener according to your personal taste.


Pina Colada on the Rocks

2oz silver rum of choice
2 wedges of fresh squeezed lime (discard lime after squeezing, adding it makes drink too tart)
Fresh pineapple juice
Fresh coconut water

Add rum and lime juice to glass, then add 1/4 pineapple juice to 3/4 of coconut W\water, to fill the remainder of the glass. For a sweeter drink, add the juices in equal amounts.

Raise a (Low-Cal) Glass to St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s a big celebratory weekend, and the calories will quickly add up if you order a pint of ale one after the other to toast everyone’s favorite saint. Instead, try one of these festive cocktails developed by Polar Seltzer and get all the great cheer and taste without the dreaded calories! Wherever you’re celebrating, be sure to be safe and, as always, have fun!

GreenAppleWhiskey_StPatricksGREEN APPLE WHISKEY
These apples are not to be taken lightly.

35 ml of whiskey
10 ml apple schnapps
25 ml unfiltered apple juice
10 ml lime juice
Cinnamon, pinch
Polar® Granny Smith Apple Seltzer
Granny Smith Apple, sliced thin for garnish

Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Swirl to chill. Strain into a rocks glass over quality ice. Garnish with apple slices.


IrishMargarita_StPatricksIRISH MARGARITA
Bright flavors to remind you and 3 of your friends that spring is just around the corner.

Polar® Lime Seltzer
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 teaspoons sugar
8 oz Irish whiskey
Lime wedges, garnish

Whisk together lime juice, sugar until the sugar dissolves and then add rum. Divide this mixture between 4 glasses and top with Polar® Seltzer. Garnish with lime and enjoy with friends.


IrishLemonade_StPatricksIRISH LEMONADE
Refreshing mixture of both lemon and beer…and you thought the Arnold Palmer was good.

1 1/2 cups Polar® Lemon Seltzer
12 ounces beer
2 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate
2 lemon wedges

First, combine equal amounts of Polar® seltzer, beer and limeade. Now, pour into a tall glass and garnish with lemon wedges.


DIYCider_StPatricksDIY CIDER
Refreshing apple-lime twist on beer.
Polar® Lime Seltzer
1 part Farm-stand apple cider
2 parts Irish-style lager
1 part Goslings Rum
0.5 part Lime juice
Cinnamon, dash

Into a large tall glass, combine lime juice, rum, apple cider and cinnamon. Add beer. Top with Polar® Seltzer.


RedLeprechaun_StPatricksRED LEPRECHAUN
Finally, a reason to try that Irish red beer.

Slices of ginger
2 parts Apple juice
1 part Goslings rum
2 parts Irish Red Ale
Polar® Premium Ginger Ale
Green Apple, slices

Muddle together the ginger, apple juice and rum in the bottom of glass. Add beer. Top off with Polar® ginger ale and garnish with apples.


Shamrock'd Shake_StPatricksSHAMROCK’D SHAKE
That other clown can forget about his version. This grown-up milkshake is the perfect excuse to be Irish on St. Patty’s Day.

2 ounces Vanilla vodka
2 ounces of Creme de Menthe Liqueur
Splash of Cream
Vanilla Polar Seltzer

Build the drink in a goblet glass. Begin by adding the vodka and green liqueur. Then the ice cream and a slash of cream. Without stirring, slowly top with Polar Vanilla Seltzer…and watch the magic happen. Serve with a spoon.


IrishEggCream_StPatricksIRISH EGG CREAM
With so many Irish in New York – home of the Egg Cream – we thought we’d offer up a green one.

Creme de Menthe
Polar® Vanilla Seltzer
Ice Cream

Add a generous amount of the green liqueur to the bottom of a goblet. Add in ice cream and then slowly top with Polar Seltzer to create the yummy fame.


London Fashion Week – In Cocktails

May Fair Fashion Week Cocatails Combined




First things first – I’m no fashion plate. In fact, I couldn’t tell the difference between Armani, Dolce & Gabanna, or Givenchy. That I even know those are designers (with the help of a Google search) is impressive. (NOTE: Not that I wouldn’t want to learn, say, with a dress up day?)

So when I came across an email regarding Fashion Week in London, my first inclination was to delete. And then I saw that the info was cocktail-themed.

I do enjoy a nice cocktail.

In the spirit of London Fashion Week, the mixologists at The May Fair Hotel in London, the “official hotel” for the week, have whipped up six shoe-inspired cocktails. Imagine a delicious cocktail inspired by your favorite, fun and flirty shoe style. Fun!

Seeing as how most of us probably aren’t headed to London for Fashion Week, the May Fair has made the drink recipes available so that we can mix it up at home. And if you are fortunate enough to snag a seat along the runways, the cocktails are available at the May Fair February 13 – 28.


The Peep Toe  The Peep Toe

2 oz Hennessy
1 oz creme de mure
dash lemon juice
dash gomme syrup
Martini glass garnish with cocktail cherry and orange twist on the stir


Mary Jane The Mary Jane

2 dashes Archers Peach Schnapps
1 oz creme de Framboise
1 ½ oz Grey goose
1 oz pomegranate juice
Martini glass garnish with pomegranate wedge and seeds


Red StilettoThe Red Stiletto

½ oz Stoli Raspberry
dash Cherry liqueur
dash raspberry pure
5 oz Duval LeRoy
Champagne glass garnish with raspberry, mint leaves and stir


Strappy Sandal The Strappy Sandal

2 oz Hendricks gin
dash Martini Dry
1 oz Martini Rosso
dash Gran Manier
Martini glass, garnish with lemon twist and stir


The Velvet Mule   The Velvet Mule

1 ½ oz Sailor jerry rum
3 oz ginger beer
3 fresh lime wedges
Fresh ginger
Mojito glass garnish with lime slices and cocktail cherry


The Classic Court The Classic Court

1 ½ oz Bison Grass Vodka
½ oz Manzana apple liqueur
3 oz apple juice
Dash Gomme syrup
Fresh apple crushed
Mojito glass garnish with apple slices and cherry