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”)

Homemade sour mix adds fresh tang to a sweet combination of vodka and Kahlua.

French Connection

This creative drink is a citrusy marriage of cognac and Hawaiian vodka sweetened with passion fruit syrup.

Riki Tiki

This refresher combines pineapple and mango juices with coconut and spiced rums. Get the recipe for Riki Tiki »

South Shore Sangria

Like an adult version of Hawaiian Punch, this cocktail is a balance of sweet liqueurs, fruit juices, and red wine. Get the recipe for South Shore Sangria »

Pod Thai

Cardamom-lemongrass syrup lends a bit of Thai spice to a fresh cocktail made with rum and coconut.

Pineapple “Up-Sides-Down”

Tuaca, a vanilla citrus liqueur, and vanilla vodka transform pineapple juice into a dessert-like cocktail. Get the recipe for Pineapple “Up-Sides-Down” »

Blue Hawaii

This neon-hued curaçao punch features vodka, pineapple juice, and sour mix. Get the recipe for Blue Hawaii »