© Photo by Jake Brown

We're firmly in the camp of people who think that Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer, which in turn officially kicks off warm weather drinking season. To celebrate this year we're making a riff on the Harry Yee classic Blue Hawaii, one of the few tiki drinks to feature vodka. Our friends at Orange County Distillery make their vodka with sugar beets, giving it a sweet and earthy undertone that perfectly complements this summer sipper. 

Black Dirt, Blue Skies (makes 1 drink)

  • 1 3/4 oz Orange County Distillery Vodka
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz blue curaçao 
  • 1/2 oz cream of coconut
  • Pineapple leaves for garnish (you can use pineapple chunks and/or cocktail cherries too if you prefer)

In a cocktail shaker with ice add vodka, pineapple juice, lemon juice, curacao, and cream of coconut. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds until the cream of coconut is well mixed.

Strain into a hurricane glass or tumbler filled with crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple leaves and/or your fruit of choice. Serve with a straw.