STUDIO CITY ( — It’s heating up here in the southland and tropical drinks are a great way to quench your thirst on a hot summer day.

Whether you are hosting a cocktail party or just laying by the pool, Kim Haasarud, author of 101 Tropical Drinks, has great recipes to start your summer off right.

Haasarud joined us Friday to discuss her new book called 101 Tropical Drinks. Her book includes favorites like the delicious Mai Tai and Planter’s Punch, and some of her own sensational creations as well. This book has something for everyone, filled with great rum recipes and tropical flavors, even a beginner can make an amazing drink. The book also includes many other drinks made with vodka, gin, brandy, and tequila.

Haasarud is founder of Liquid Architecture, which is a beverage consulting firm that creates specialty cocktails for a variety of clients, including, OMNI Hotels and Resorts, PF Changs, Wyndham Hotels and more.


Green Booster

Pineapple, Orange, Spinach – also going to throw in a little Spinach or Kale (DEMO)
1 whole orange, cut into quarters
2 cups of pineapple
handful of spinach
½ cup of water
Cruzan Rum

Classic Planter’s Punch

2 oz Cruzan Dark Rum
½ cup of blended juice
0.5 oz lime juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
Splash of grenadine
Tip: Blending with crushed ice creates a frothy, light sipping drink that is beautiful to look at and as a wonderful texture.

Coconut Water Colada

1.5 oz Cruzan Coconut rum
1 Tablespoon of Amoretti coconut cream
1.5 oz fresh pineapple juice
1.5 oz coconut water
Splash of coconut milk
Tip: Blend, first without ice. This will give it a light and airy texture. Then, add about a half cup of ice on HIGH. Then bring it down to low. This will make it really creamy because I’m whipping the air out of the drink.
Meringue made with egg white and sugar, low fat and creamy.


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