Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cookbook Wednesday | Hawaiian Punch the Exotic Fruit Drink of the Tropics

Hawaiian Punch Booklet

As I sit here preparing tomorrow’s post, the sounds and smells of Summer’s anticipated arrival tingly waft through my open windows. My wind chimes tinkle in harmony while the children’s chant and screech in the distance. Klop, Klop, klop, an Amish buggy fades over the mountain. Now they are laughing and I smile to myself knowing the reason why. The sun is out, the grass is in need of yet another mowing and today after the “chance of showers” arrived as predicted, there was a rainbow. (beat me with a wet noodle my camera needed charging)

I picked peonies today, lots and lots of peonies!!!

Peonies & Roses

The house is intoxicated. Marion and I don’t mind in the least. We may change our minds once I close the windows…the aroma can become a bit overwhelming, I know, but it does:) We don’t have a large house but when I tell you each and every room has it’s own bouquet of peonies, I kid you not. Both baths, the plant room AND the rather large garage have all been peonied!


I'll be sharing these intoxicating Peonies with Pam's Garden Tuesday. Did you see her Mailbox Flower Bed? Gorgeous!

I thought you would get a kick out of the Hawaiian Punch leaflet I’m sharing today. It just so happens, according to the Hawaiian Punch website, that on June 9, 1938, the U.S. Patent Office gave Leo's Hawaiian Punch its trademark. The "Leo's" was dropped several years later. If you miss those two characters Punchy and Opie, you really should visit the website. Scroll down to Quick Sips, I bet you’ll feel all nostalgic when you come back:)

Who can forget that infamous Hawaiian Punch tagline, ”How about a nice Hawaiian Punch?" which was trademarked back in 1964. What a punchline, lol…

How many of you remember when Hawaiian Punch was a thick gooey concentrate sold in large glass bottles? The story goes, it was originally a syrup only sold to food service outlets as a topping for ice cream. Someone diluted the syrup with water, wha la, an “exotic” fruit drink was born. If you look the picture below carefully, and read the recipes, you’ll see. I personally don’t remember the base mixture, probably because that “stuff” would have been forbidden in our house:) I do recall the ready mix cans of Hawaiian Punch. I have a feeling that may have been from when my kids were little:)

Retro Hawaiian Punch Recipes

More recipes for using Hawaiian punch are below. Unfortunately, this booklet is soooooo outdated, it isn’t much use in the recipe department. (not unless you want to boil ready made Hawaiian punch back into a syrup:) No Hula Highballs for us, lol…(for those of you unfamiliar with Hawaiian punch, it had a base combination of pineapple, guava, papaya and passion fruit)

Retro Hawaiian Punch Recipes

Don’t be sad, after digging out this Hawaiian Punch leaflet, I got an attack of the tropical itch. I remembered I had these blank cards of assorted exotic drink recipes from Hawaii’s finest hotels.

Assorted Exotic Drinks From Hawaiian Hotels

I’ve chosen three to share with you today, just to whet your whistle:) Here’s a recipe to quench that itch, the Tropical Itch courtesy of Kahala Hilton Hotel. (apparently when the Tropical Itch was served at the hotel, it came with a wooden personal back scratcher:)

Tropical Itch | Kahala Hilton Hotel

Do you like Piña Coladas? I sure do!!! Meet the Chi Chi Tiki Drink courtesy of the Halekaulani Hotel. It’s a Piña Colada made with Vodka instead of Rum! I was going to include the Sundowner here but you know who did a glowing post a while back. That would be John @Kitchen Riffs. Splendid John!

Chi Chi Colada | Halekaulani Hotel

Last but most certainly not least, the Kumu Tiki from Ala Moana American Hotel. Cheers!

Kumu Tiki | Ala Moana American Hotel

Cookbook Give-Away

And the Winner is… Geraldine! Her favorite sweet memory was of making fudge with her Dad! She was the fudge tester!!! Visit Geraldine’s Southwest Kitchen to congratulate her!

Marion wasn't up to her picture being taken but she happily pulled Geraldines name out of her favorite hat! 

You could be next:) First, let’s see what books I’ve chosen to celebrate the anticipation of Summer.

First up, two cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch. (titled Cheap & Easy, this book only measures 5-1/2 X 4-1/4, but it’s oh so charmingingly reciped:)

Cheap & Easy Recipes | Gooseberry Patch

From the publisher:

With the recipes we’ve collected in Almost Homemade, you can make yummy, fresh-tasting dishes using menu helpers from the cupboard and fridge…products that have already done all the chopping and shredding, whisking and stirring for you. It’s a snap to start the weekend off right with Rise & Shine Quiche and Blueberry Puffs for brunch. Or treat your family to Caesar Coleslaw, Chicken Comfort Casserole and French Market Squash for dinner, topped off with scrumptious Chocolate-Cherry Cake.

You’ll be the most relaxed hostess ever when you set out Texas Caviar, Crispy Crunchy Snack Mix, Creamy Artichoke Pizzas and Can’t-Eat-One Bacon Swirls for party snacking…enjoy spending time with your guests instead of time in the kitchen.

Almost Homeade | Gooseberry Patch

Vineyard Seasoning by Susan Branch is another charming book darned with lovely illustrations and words of wisdom. Unfortunately for some, it is now out of print.

Vineyard Seasons | Susan Branch

Vineyard Seasons was inspired by the four seasons on the New England island of Martha’s Vineyard where I live. In this one, the fans go crazy for the Lemon Noodles and my mom’s yummy Spareribs and Juice, just to mention two. Vineyard Seasons also has a special section for Tea, which is where you’ll find the recipe for my famous delectable melt-in-your-mouth Orange Cake, with Orange Icing, and Orange Filling. 2-die-4!

Vineyard Seasons | Susan Branch

If you would like to add this collection of delightful books to your cookbook collection, just leave your favorite Summertime childhood memory in the comment section below. Now, now, none of this “I have so many” excuses, lol…share one:) I apologize but once again, these cookbooks can only be shipped in the U.S. (not to worry, next week, the cookbook give-away will include everyone, everywhere! (well almost everyone, tune in:) Remember, once you win a give-a-way you won't be eligible to "play" again:)

The Picnic Game

I have a sneaky feeling we’ll be playing the Picnic Game once again this year. Yippee!!! For those of you who have played before, you know that we need 26 people to cover each letter of the alphabet. So far we have about 12 future picnickers so it’s looking good, real good. Once again I ask, if you are up to the picnic game this year, leave a comment below and I’ll add your name to the list. (don’t pick a letter yet) If anyone out there has never played the picnic game before and wants to know more about it, email me acalenda {at} gmail {dot} com with your questions. I will be happy to show you how to play and you too will be reciting, I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” It’s really fun and easy too!!! (you can also visit my Pinterest Online Picnic Game board which has many of the dishes we have enjoyed at previous picnics)

Next week will be the Wednesday before International Picnic Day, June 18th. I’ll explain how to play the Picnic Game in more detail then. We’ll also be having another give-a-way open to everyone, everywhere AND celebrate Lobster Day if time allows. “See” you then, Louise:)

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  1. Oh I love cocktails and I love Pina Colada. I bookmarked the chi chi to try it out! Thanks for all the beautiful things you share with us Louise!

    1. Hi Katerina:)
      I hope you get to try the Chi Chi recipe. I plan on trying it too. Wouldn't it be lovely to be able to sip together:) Thanks for visiting, Katerina...

  2. Hi Louise,
    I do remember drinking Hawaiian Punch as a kid, though I think it came out of a can ready to serve, not as a concentrate. Now that you mention it,maybe that's why I love passionfruit. I hope to post a Cookbook Wednesday post some time today, and I would like to sign up for the picnic game again this year. It's always such a fun blogging sport!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    1. I remember the can versions too, Mae. I didn't like them very much which might explain my lack of luster for passionfruit:)

      Thank you fo once again linking with Cookbook Wednesday! I'm glad to hear you will be able to join us for the Picnic Game too!!! It really is such FUN!

      Thanks for visiting, Mae...

  3. Hi Louise, first of all, congratulation to Geraldine for winning the previous giveaway.

    Another excellent post and giveaway. The cookbooks look so cute and interesting. Let see this round who is the lucky one to win, good luck to those who participate. Love your gorgeous peonies and the very well taken pictures. I don't mind to have peonies all over my house too. :)) The pink look really nice.

    Thanks for sharing the vintage Hawaii punch. I do love punch but hardly make except when there is party or gathering or else I will be drown in the punch whole day. LOL

    Warmest regards to you and Marion.Hugs to both of you.

  4. I never knew that about Hawaiian Punch. I am of the "punch line" era. I covet those drink cards, though. I would love to frame them. I am considering the picnic gam, Louise. When would the posts need to be up?

    1. Hi Debra:)
      Yes, those drink cards are frame worthy indeed. I've been telling myself to frame them for years, lol...I wish I had another set to give you:)

      As for the Picnic Game, the choosing of the letters begins on International Picnic Day which is June 18th. The post would need to be up before July 1st in time for National Picnic Month! That's when I do the Picnic Game Round-up. Hope this helps and fingers crossed you'll be able to "play."

  5. The tropical theme of your post reminds me that I have a Trader Vic's cookbook from the '60s I intend to get to for Cookbook Wednesday someday! Maybe I will be inspired to dig it out. :-)

    My favorite summer activity when I was a kid was doing my 4-H projects. I loved the cooking ones and got several to the state fair. My project on yeast breads placed in the top 10% of the state. I was so excited to have a big purple ribbon to show off in our club's display at the county fair.

    I didn't like some of the recipes we had to make for various projects, though. We had to record what we'd made from the project book and how well it turned out. I didn't like to say anything overtly negative in my presentation, so if I hated a recipe I'd write, "It had a deep, earthy flavor." That was my code for "It tasted like dirt."

  6. Loved Hawaiian Punch when I was a kid! Now? Not so much> :-) Wonderful color, though. It used to have a lot of passion fruit syrup in it, although I think that's largely gone. But the passion fruit made it wonderful in some cocktails. In fact, the Hurricane Cocktail sometimes is made with Hawaiian punch (although it tastes much better with passion fruit syrup, IMO). Fun stuff, and love the cocktails. Would love to play the picnic game, but I'm going to pass -- life is too chaotic at the moment. But will be following it with pleasure!

  7. Hi, Louise, Marion and all!

    Thank you, Louise, for sharing your beautiful pink peony pictures!
    We had a pair of well established peonies in our first Winnipeg house. It was built in 1912, so they were the classic maroon ones. Our current home was built in 1986. I planted two peonies a few years ago. This year one came back but the other didn’t. Such is life.

    Hawaiian Punch was forbidden in my parents’ house, too, but I sure remember that tagline :)

    Looking forward to playing the Picnic Game. How’s this recipe for the letter I?

  8. Fascinating. Hawaiian Punch.. who would have thought? I'm going to post a link on our Left Coast Crime Facebook page. We'll be in Hawaii next March. Honolulu Havoc!

  9. Oh how I love peonies! I wish my house was filled with their aroma.

    I haven't had Hawaiian punch since I was a kid. My kids would probably love it!

  10. Dear Louise,
    How fabulous, I had forgotten about Hawaiian Punch. Your post brought back many memories of drinking that punch. Yes, I do remember that commercial and that slogan How about a nice Hawaiian Punch! Your flowers are exquisite! They must be so lovely and adorn your home with floral scents. You really have that green thumb! Congrats to Geraldine for winning the giveaway cookbook. I see Marion is enjoying picking the winner. I am so glad that you are doing the giveaway again and these cookbooks that you have chosen are so delightful. My summertime childhood memory is one year we went to the Pocono Mountains and stayed at a cottage called Willow Dell. I have to say that it was my favorite place as it had a small waterfalls not far from the main resort and it was called Minisink Falls. (I guess I was about 13-14 years old.) The most beautiful quiet place you ever saw. I would go there everyday after breakfast and I would read my book or write a story. They also had one night at the main resort a costume party. My whole family went and my brother won the trophy for his costume. He dressed as a man with a mustache and a hat. No fancy outfits, just something that you could make yourself. I was a peasant girl with a long dress on and a hat. I have to say that this was a wonderful place to go for a summer vacation. My family went a few years in a row. So happy that the Picnic game will be played again. I can't wait to visit all of the blankets and the things that they bring. Thanks Louise for a wonderful post and enjoy the rest of the week!
    Hugs Dottie :)

  11. Oh my goodness, I must have drank gallons of Hawaiian Punch while growing up in Missouri! Riding bikes, playing on the swings, and chasing fire flies at night, and then washing off the day's dirt in a cool bath before bedtime. Those are my summer memories.

  12. Hi Louise, I remember drinking Hawaiian punch as a kid, forgot all about that...... My favorite memory as a kid was when my mom took us to the beach for the day, we always had so much fun eating and playing in the water.

  13. Darn , I didn't know about your giveaway lol Anyway , wish I still lived near the flower market so that I can join your Garden Tuesday ! The Hawaiian punch ( or more like a pineapple juice with fruit bits ) that I had eons ago came from cans .

    Hey , Miss Marion !

  14. oh... spending some time on Hawaii is one of my biggest dreams. the punch sounds perfect! can't wait to try it!

  15. Thanks for the great cookbooks coming my way. I am so excited to make some of the recipes. Louise, your peonies are beautiful. In fact, the other day I was out in the garden and I noticed some bare spots. I told the kids this would be a great spot for a peonie bush or two.

  16. Your peonies are so beautiful! Sadly. mine didn't bloom this year. I've always loved ice cold HP out of the can. It seemed to taste better to me!

  17. Oh Louise, I love all the drinks recipes using the Hawaiian punch...somehow I did not grow up with it...so it is a nice little treat.
    The pictures of the peonies are beautiful...
    Hope you are having a great a week :)

  18. Oh Louise, those peonies!!!!! Right now I am in love with them, their scent fills my home, gorgeous pictures my friend.

  19. Definitely my kinda stuff! The flowers are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, dear! xoxo

  20. Your peonies are just gorgeous. Looking forward to the Picnic Game.

  21. I remember the Hawaiian Punch commercials! Your peonies are gorgeous! You're going to have to help me with mine. They are struggling. I don't think they get enough sunlight.

  22. Hi Louise,
    Hawaiian Punch … not sure if I’ve tasted it but I would usually go for vodka lime … hee.. hee! Oh! a wooden personal back scratcher served with Tropical Itch … I like that!
    Lovely looking peonies. Hope you and Marion are having a great a weekend !

  23. First, the week has finally slowed down, and I"m going to try to get my Cookbook Wednesday post done! So what if it's Friday, right?

    Second, your peonies are gorgeous. You must have a lot of peony plants! I have a few, and have been cutting flowers for myself, too.

    Third, I'll play the Picnic Game if I can have C!

    Finally, the Hawaiian Punch booklet is pretty funny: "Made with fruit juices and pure sugar!" No one would want to crow about adding sugar these days! It's always fun to remember things we loved in our earlier years, isn't it?

    Have a lovely weekend, Louise and Marion; I hope it warms up for you and doesn't rain too much.

  24. Love your flowers, they would always be a welcome sight and scent in the home. I have been wrung out from work, busting it to get all done before a vacation. I had some posts scheduled but now....just relaxing!

  25. Your peonies are spectacular! Mine blossomed over a month ago and are long gone. Now I'm craving a tropical cocktail---it is certainly hot enough here to justify one!! Have a terrific weekend!

  26. Those peonies are just gorgeous. Here in Southern Cal it is too warm for them. My mum had the loveliest of peony bushes that would bloom. That Hawaiian Punch book is funny-you do not see books like that anymore. Favourite summer memory has to be going swimming. I was fortunate as we would go back to visit relatives in Europe in the summer so I would swim in the Mediterranean-my mum would bring a picnic -just a great day at the beach.

  27. I adore peonies! Awesome photos, Louise.
    Drooling over the idea of a pineapple angel food cake. Yum!

  28. How can you grow such beautiful flowers? Your peonies are so beautiful. I don't have a "green finger" as we say in Italian and mine seem to die pretty soon.
    I have never had Hawaiian Punch, I usually just have prosecco or gin and tonic..I am a bit stuck on my ways when it comes to cocktails.
    Nice post Louise!

  29. The peonies are stunning. How lovely to be able to fill your home with them. I would love to try that Tiki drink - love how it is served xx

  30. Louise-I cannot tell you how I came to your blog. Thank you for sending Margret my way. The Maltese population abroad is not a large one and it is not often I meet someone who is Maltese. While I was born in Canada it is my ethnicity so I always enjoy meeting others. It was a treat to read her comments and discover her blog.

  31. Bad PUNchline there Louise. Yup the old commercials were the first thing I thought of! Love your peonies--I am resolved to plant lots more this fall. Excited to hear that it looks good for the picnic game!!

  32. i LOVE peonies, and pink ones especially! pretty enticing post, louise. :)

  33. I love tropical drinks and these recipes look as yummy as the lovely illustrated pages on which they are written. Fun post!

  34. What beautiful flowers, wish I had a basket of them to smell right now. Also I'm obsessed with the idea of Wonton Salsa Baskets... need to try!

  35. Hi Louise,

    Greeting from the opposite of your world. No gorgeous pink peonies but bare trees here in Melbourne... sob sob. At least, it is sunny today and so I can't complain :p Wish that I can be with you and Marion enjoying these tropical style drinks with the view of pretty peonies :D :D :D



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