Hawaiian Cocktails

Vibrant happy hours known as pau hana—"to stop work"—are a longstanding tradition in Hawaii, where people unwind from the workday with a spread of snacks and fruity cocktails. Drink offerings can range from refined concoctions like the Ho'opono potion—a bracing mix of cucumber, tequila, and lime—to the Blue Hawaii, a luridly colored curaçao punch. Here, 8 Hawaiian libations to try for your own pau hana.

Li Hing Mui Margarita (“Side-Mui”)
Li Hing Mui Margarita (“Side-Mui”)
Homemade sour mix adds fresh tang to a sweet combination of vodka and Kahlua.Helen Rosner
French Connection
French Connection
This creative drink is a citrusy marriage of cognac and Hawaiian vodka sweetened with passion fruit syrup.Helen Rosner
Riki Tiki cocktail
Riki Tiki
This refresher combines pineapple and mango juices with coconut and spiced rums.Michael Kraus
Ho'opono Potion
Ho'opono Potion
Happy hour tastes like paradise with a bracing cocktail of cucumber, tequila, and fresh lime juice from Monkeypod Kitchen in Ko Olina, Hawaii. See the recipe for Ho'opono Potion »Michael Kraus
South Shore Sangria
South Shore Sangria
Like an adult version of Hawaiian Punch, this cocktail is a balance of sweet liqueurs, fruit juices, and red wine.Michael Kraus
Pod Thai
Pod Thai
Cardamom-lemongrass syrup lends a bit of Thai spice to a fresh cocktail made with rum and coconut.Helen Rosner
Pineapple “Up-Sides-Down”
Pineapple “Up-Sides-Down”
Tuaca, a vanilla citrus liqueur, and vanilla vodka transform pineapple juice into a dessert-like cocktail.Helen Rosner
Blue Hawaii cocktail
Blue Hawaii
This neon-hued curaçao punch features vodka, pineapple juice, and sour mix.Michael Kraus