You’ll Never Guess the Über-Coastal Secret Ingredient in These Happy Hour Sips

July 31, 2015 | By | Comments (3)

You’ve heard the phrase, “Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.” The old adage refers, of course, to the vast, salty ocean, and it’s generally considered true—unless, that is, it’s mixed into your martini.

Ocean Vodka

Photo: Courtesy of Ocean Vodka

Ocean, meet Vodka. Hawaii Sea Spirits, a craft distiller based in Kula, Maui, has found a way to infuse its organic liquors with mineral-rich water sourced 3,000 feet below the Kona coast. Because the 80-proof vodkas are comprised of 60 percent purified, desalinated water, the ocean-sourced water is said to have great influence over the quality of the drink. Try it at home: Purchase a bottle of Ocean Vodka here, and then mix up one of these coastal cocktails:

Ocean Lemon Blossom

Photo: Jessica Pearl. Courtesy Ocean Vodka.


1½ oz Ocean Vodka
1 oz Fresh Lemonade
½ Fresh Lavender Blossom

Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice and bruise. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a purple flower petal.
*Recipe courtesy of Ocean Vodka

Ocean Lilikoi Cosmo

Photo: Courtesy Ocean Vodka


2 oz Ocean Vodka
1 oz Cranberry Juice
2 oz Passionfruit Juice or Puree

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass or tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with a fresh orchid or slice of lime.
*Recipe courtesy of Ocean Vodka

Ocean Ginger Lemongrass Martini

Photo: Courtesy Ocean Vodka


2 oz Ocean Vodka
2 oz Limeade
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
Diced Ginger
Muddled Lemongrass

Pour ingredients into shaker over ice. Shake vigorously and pour in a martini glass. Garnish with a twist.
*Recipe courtesy of Ocean Vodka


Kai Golden Ale

Photo: Courtesy Kona Brewing

Spirits aren’t the only things that go well with seawater. In August, Kona Brewing Company is launching a small-batch Golden Ale, inspired by Hawaii’s natural elements and made with desalinated seawater sourced off the Kona coast, giving it a light, crisp finish. For every pint sold, Kona will donate $1 to the Maui chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, which aims to keep our coasts and oceans clean. Learn more about the ale, and where to find it, here. 


More perfect-for-summer cocktail inspiration:

Beat the heat with 10 fabulous Frozen Cocktail recipes.

Whip up one of these three-ingredient cocktails in a breeze. 

Throw an island-inspired party! Here are five festive cocktails. 


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