A Knockout Pineapple Punch & 18 Other Tropical Drinks

August  3, 2015

We're the kind of people who have to eat every three hours, and Pure Leaf Iced Tea is here to help with that.

Today: Drink this to make you feel like you're on vacation. 

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Picture this: You're sitting on a beach. The waves crash gently on the shore, the sand's warm from the sun, and you worry—just for a second—you didn't put sunscreen on. (Not to fret, you did.) This is vacation—sunburns aren't allowed.

Unless you're reading this from an island somewhere, the above scenario is all but a dream. Us? We're in an office. It is, albeit, a beautiful one, but come midday and we want a little sunshine, too. Specifically, we want a tropical drink. With a glass of pineapple punch, a daiquiri, or a piña colada in hand, the office and beach might not seem so different after all. These are our favorite ways to take an average cocktail and make it sing.

Lime yours.


Frozen Banana Daiquiri by Erik Lombardo
Mojito by Jeffery Morgenthaler
Queens Park Swizzle by Erik Lombardo
Rum Punch by Erik Lombardo


Be a sucker for lemon.


Lemon Lime Margaritas by thirschfeld
Homemade Alcoholic Ginger Beer by Catherine Lamb
The Ginger Side by ProfPessimist


Orange you glad it's cocktail time?


Braulio Shandy (Valtellina) by Erik Lombardo
Bourbon, Orange, and Ginger by inpatskitchen
Mai Tai by Erik Lombardo
Minty Orange Gimlet by Becca | Spices and Spatulas 


Grapefruit: for bitter or worse. 


Paloma by Erik Lombardo
Mother's Ruin Punch by Kenzi Wilbur 
Hothouse Cooler by Kendra Vaculin 


Pineapple? Try fine-apple.


Big Batch Matador by Samantha Weiss Hills
Singapore Sling by Erik Lombardo
Jalapeñyaaas Queen (Spicy Gin Cocktail with Rosemary and Pineapple) by Kendra Vaculin 
Frozen Piña Colada by Samantha Weiss Hills

Pinapple Daiquiri Punch

Serves 10 to 15

2 cups white rum
8 1/2 ounces Liber & Co. Pineapple Gum Syrup (or 1 1/4 cups sugar dissolved in 1 cup pineapple juice)
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 cups water
Freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by James Ransom, Mark Weinberg, Alanna Hale (mojito), and Armando Rafael (Hothouse Cooler)

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  • Bob
  • Gary  Penton
    Gary Penton
I fall in love with every sandwich I ever meet.


Bob December 17, 2015
You are driving me crazy with all these drinks. How I love them all.
Gary P. August 4, 2015
Thanks for sharing.