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.