We just got back from almost two weeks spent in my happy place – Hawaii. Maui to be exact. The weather was amazing, the beaches were relaxing and fun, the food was delicious, the adventures were incredible and the drinks were refreshing. My kids loved it as much as my husband and I. It was a struggle to pull them off the beach every evening once the sun had set. I don’t blame them one bit, it’s hard for me to leave the beach as well. On one of the first days there we made the obligatory ABC store visit for a few items, sunscreen, towels and some local coconut rum and POG to make Mai Tais and these POG mojitos.
POG is my favorite Hawaiian juice from when I was a kid. Its Passion fruit, orange and Guava juices also called “Pass-O-Guava” Nectar. You could ( and probably still can) buy it by the half gallon carton at the grocery store but on the mainland I normally find it at Asian or International grocery stores. Shops that carry Hawaiian groceries or you can always order from Amazon. Amazon has everything.
A friend of mine and I were playing tennis one am when she told me about a Poke shop here in Vegas that she said was 100% authentic Hawaiian style. I knew we had to go. We made plans for the next day. Our kids were in tennis camp and had an hour and a half left so we snuck off to get food. I walked into the shop and I felt that the doorway was a teleporter straight to any and every poke shop I had ever been to in Hawaii. Poke is a style or preparation of raw fish, often ahi tuna, with a variety of flavorings, soy sauce, sesame oil, shoyu, ginger, garlic, seaweed, spicy, you name it, and served as is or over rice for a Poke bowl. This shop had more poke than I could have ever imagined plus shelves lined with Hawaiian dry goods, pantry items and a refrigerator and freezer with other items, one being a 6 pack of cans of POG.
I pretty much bought one of each of the Poke and the 6 pack of POG, went back to the tennis center to pick my kids up from camp and headed home for lunch. I poured a large glass of POG over ice, mixed with my latest fave sparkling water, La Croix, in the coconut flavor. If you haven’t tried any of the La Croix waters do so now. Right now. They are just lightly flavored sparkling water. No weird ingredients, no sweeteners of any kind. I love fizzy water and I love thatLa Croix isn’t sweetened so when added to juice or cocktails it cuts the sweetness a little while adding fizz.
POG also makes for fantastic cocktails, I use it for margaritas, with coconut vodka or for these POG mojitos.
If one could describe Hawaii using the senses I would describe POG and Passion Fruit as what Hawaii tastes like. If it had a specific taste. I know that sounds weird, but when I cut open a passion fruit that smell reminds me of Hawaii and POG even more so. One sip and I am transported back to the Outrigger Waikiki or Outrigger Reef hotels that we stayed at all the time as kids and I got to have my POG for breakfast with macadamia nut pancakes.
POG Mojitos ( Passion-Orange-Guava)
POG Mojitos (Passion-Orange-Guava) My favorite Hawaiian juice made into a refreshing tropical cocktail. www.pineappleandcoconut.com Makes 4 large cocktails
- 2-3 limes sliced
- 4 tsp Lime juice
- 4 tsp Simple syrup or granulated organic sugar
- 1 bunch Fresh Mint
- 1 cup Coconut Rum
- 1 can POG (Pas-O-Guava) Juice
- 1 can Coconut La Croix flavored sparkling water or club soda
- In 4 large pint glasses divide the a few lime slices, the lime juice, simple syrup or sugar and a few pieces of mint and muddle. Top with ice, layering a few slices of lime and more mint leaves if desired. Add the coconut rum and POG to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into the cocktails and top with coconut La Croix flavored water. Serve immediately.
POG can be found in international markets in Hawaiian sections, any Hawaiian grocery or on Amazon.
If you prefer plain soda water use that instead but the subtle flavor of the La Croix coconut water really makes this drink that much more awesome.
I will be sipping on these POG mojitos in the next few week still as our Hawaii vacation is still so very fresh in our memories, as I go over the many photos I took on our trip and as the weather is still super hot here in Las Vegas. Summer isn’t over yet, and I would live an endless summer if I could. I will be posting a few recaps of our vacation with lots of photos soon and I have so many recipes I want to recreate and new recipes that our trip has inspired me to make for my blog. So stay tuned for more Hawaiian inspired goodness!