Hawaiian Iced Tea cocktail is similar to a Long Island Iced Tea but with the tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut. This 0 carb version is refreshing and delicious any time of the year.
For this recipe you’ll need: coconut vodka, white rum, tequila, gin, club soda, pineapple-coconut water enhancer, orange-tangerine water enhancer
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I can’t believe that summer is almost over. I said that to my college sophmore daughter the other day and she wailed, “Don’t say that! I’ve just finished my last summer class and I haven’t been out in the sun at all! It’s only August!”
She has three weeks before her fall classes start and she informed me this morning that she isn’t going anywhere. She’s worked really hard on her summer classes so I don’t blame her.
When I was in school summer used to last from June through August but now it seems like summer gets cut short with school starting earlier and earlier. As I write this it is August 7th and some schools have been in session for several days.
Everyone I know has been looking at each other and asking, where has the summer gone? I can’t believe it’s over.
I accomplished less than half of what I planned to accomplish. My house is still an unorganized mess and I am still not in control of my work schedule. I long for the summers of my childhood that seemed to stretch out endlessly. I keep thinking I will take a few hours and sit on the porch sipping an icy cocktail like this Hawaiian Iced Tea but that gets lost in all of the other things I have to do. And everything seems to be a priority.
But there’s the hot tub. My husband and I seek out it’s steamy warmth most nights to soothe overworked muscles and minds. A Jack and Coke for him, some sort of mixture for me (or wine) and we’re all set to just relax for awhile. The hot tub was hella expensive but all in all it was worth it. You can change the color of the lights to suit your mood and six to eight people can be in it at once – perfect for us.
Although I’ll admit that I like it better in January than in July.
This cocktail is exactly the kind I love for the hot tub. It’s fruity and sweet but it packs a wallop. A Hawaiian Iced Tea works with the warmth of the water in the hot tub to relax me and remind me to leave work sometimes. Working at home means that I don’t have set hours and I often end up working 16 hour days because I don’t know how to stop. I’ve never been good at separating work and home anyway. It’s one reason I decided early on that I wouldn’t have kids if I had a job and I wouldn’t have a job if I had kids. I have trouble changing gears so it’s best if I focus on one life style. It worked great for 30 years but after the divorce? Well not so much.
I’m trying to learn balance but I constantly feel like I am screwing this whole work-life balance thing up.
Anyway, back to the cocktail. It’s very tropical with coconut, pineapple, and citrus flavors. Like a Long Island Tea it is made up of a mixture of liquors plus flavoring. In this case the flavoring is from flavored water enhancers.
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Hawaiian Iced Tea
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce light rum
- 1 ounce tequila
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/2 teaspoon pineapple coconut water enhancer
- 1/4 teaspoon orange water enhancer
- 6 ounces Sprite Diet or club soda
- Mix everything together in a shaker except the Sprite or club soda.
- Shake until very cold and well mixed.
- Strain into a glass filled with ice.
- Pour the Diet Sprite or club soda over the top.
- Garnish with a pineapple or lime slice.