Thursday, July 15, 2010

Say hello to HIPPIE JUICE!

Care for a refreshing summer beverage that will have you dancing in the rain surrounded by rainbow unicorns?  Then look no further than your own liquor cabinet for some creative, but economic ideas for fun-time summer sweetness!

Once upon a time in the Summer of 2010, a joyous gathering of assorted performers reclaimed the streets and subways of our urban playground (New York City) carrying hula hoops, streamers, and instruments of musical merriment in the annual Kaleidoscope Parade.  Knowing very well that I would need to travel by bus, boat, train, and foot with hundreds of colorfully dazzling dreamers, I needed to whip up something that was fast, easy, portable, and most importantly: SHAREABLE!  Now, my natural reaction was to default to my usual bottle of coke complimented with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, but I felt a bit like things of this nature should be reserved for the pirate related activities of the upcoming fall (ie: PirateCon) so instead, I decided to hunt through my cabinets and see what sort of fun concoction I could whip up.

Digging about for just a few short minutes, I found a ton of goodies to throw into the mix!  I'd made vodka lemonades with Watermelon Smirnoff a few weeks back, so I had both Pink Lemonade AND vodka... a bit of Malibu I'd been mixing with the OJ whose containers now filled my recycling bin... a few other miscellaneous liquors and well, Triple Sec.  Upon opening the fridge, I discovered the small bit of strawberries left over from the previous night's smoothies and decided to utilize these resources to their fullest potential.

Time to recycle...

I grabbed one of the Simply OJ containers out of the recycling and gave it another rinsing... then I decided to add about 4 scoops of the Country Time Pink Lemonade to the bottle using a funnel.  Next, I did a bit of quick drunky-math and decided that 1 cup of Watermelon Smirnoff would be appropriate for this sort of mixture, complimented by 1/3 cup each of the Malibu Coconut Rum and Triple Sec (for some special summer flavors).  After that, I began to fill the container with cold water until it had about reached the neck of the bottle,  and added in three strawberries, each sliced four ways using an X technique.  Once the strawberries were in, I topped off the bottle.

The parade went off without a hitch, and as we reclined on the grass beneath the monumental artwork leftover from Figment on Governor's Island that summer, all were able to enjoy this perfect new summertime favorite.  "So how," you might ask, "did you get the name Hippie Juice?" Well, if it is not already apparent, this subtly boozy nectar was enjoyed and loved by all who sampled... a colorful whirl of characters and personalities coming together like the groovy tie dye shirt of a hippie.  That, and many of those partaking were indeed hippies, but there's no need for technicalities here.


TO REFRESH YOUR MEMORY & MAKE YOUR SHOPPING LIST:

Ingredients:
- Water
- Country Time Pink Lemonade Mix
- Fresh Strawberries
- Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka
- Triple Sec
- Malibu Coconut Rum

Supplies:
- Simply Brand (Apple, Orange, Etc.) Juice Container (59 oz carafe) or equivalent
- Measuring Cup
- Funnel
- Knife
- Cutting Board


Easy Prep:
Carefully wash out your Simply brand Juice Container.  Then use the funnel to neatly pour 4 scoops of Country Time Pink Lemonade into the container.  Next, measure out 1 cup of Smirnoff brand Watermelon Vodka, 1/3 cup Triple Sec, and 1/3 cup Malibu Coconut Rum into a measuring cup and use the funnel to add your mixture.  Using cold water, fill the rest of the container up to the base of the neck.  Rinse 4 strawberries and cut straight across with a knife to remove the stem.  Then place the strawberries upside down on the cutting board and slice evenly into 4 pieces using two motions forming a cross.  Drop the strawberries in, add water to the top, cap and shake gently to mix.  Refrigerate and voila! Hippie Juice!

Serves 4-8 depending on cup size.
Serves a mob of thirsty burners & hippies a sip at a time.

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VACATION MODIFICATION...

Faced with the challenge of preparing enough Hippie Juice to last through a one-week trip for two adventurers to Colonial Williamsburg, I gathered up all the containers that I could find (and fit in the cooler) and began to mix away.  The two juice containers turned out perfectly since I was able to stick to my original recipe, but the little group of waterbottles were not so easy.  I attempted to cut the recipe down and mix it by sight and scent alone.  Alas, they were far too strong, even for us... so what was my solution?  GATORADE!

I obtained a small bottle of Glacier Freeze Gatorade which had been hiding in the back of the fridge for hang-over treatment purposes and decided to throw that into the mix to kill the alcohol taste.  Pouring half the container of Gatorade into a glass, I added the ultra-strong Hippie Juice to the remainder of the Gatorade... it was DELICIOUS!  I then mixed this concoction back into the water bottles to create a sweet way to make your mind as fuzzy as the alcohol then tasted.



Hippie Juice has since been enjoyed in many forms and by many people at multiple festive occasions across the 50 states.  It's popped up at BBQs and Birthday Parties in its original form, transformed itself into a brilliant pink punch at a Halloween Party, has come disguised as "Pirate Poison" to the NYC PirateCon, and has even taken the form of jello shots at a New Years Eve celebration.

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RECIPE COPYRIGHT © SKA JENNY 2010-2013.

71 comments:

  1. Excellent recipe - though I think you should know that your drink has gotten a new name. I won't spoil the surprise...read the comments: http://pinterest.com/pin/273101164873386181/

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    1. ROFL. This has been up for years and not a single person has commented about or noticed the car. Wow... and when I took it, I wasn't even going anywhere. Thanks for the link! I'm glad to see that people are trying it/like it!

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    2. Hehe, I see this pop up in my friends pins occasionally. Love the new edited picture :) There is also a group that animates internet flame wars into a sock puppet video, and they did this pinterest thread about the car.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mci7IwzT2Yo

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    3. I'm dying laughing at the "O.N.V." everytime I read it.

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  2. The vagina comment made me laugh so hard. People are ridiculous. Can not wait to make this drink!!

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    1. I hope you like it! It makes AMAZING jello shots as well! I will update that recipe sometime soon :) I still have pictures from NYE somewhere...

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  3. So going to make it, if I drink it by my pond in front of the koi, does that make me a bad influence?

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  4. What kind of scoop are you using for the lemonade? And if we don't have one of those bottles to mix it in, can you give an aprox. measurment for the water?

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    1. The bottle is 1.75 L so that should give you a good approximation. I just used a "scoop" as a line on the measuring lid (so went to "2" twice) which is double what is recommended for that amount of water, but I was guessing too as it just said scoop. It tasted like watermelon jolly ranchers when I made it so I think I'll stick with it.

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    2. The Country Time Lemonade that I purchased came with a scoop inside it. The smaller container that I found used the lid as a measuring cup. I start with the recommended measurements on the container of Country Time and add more to my personal taste. I hope that helps.

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  5. This sounds similar to a drink we make. We call it Jungle Juice. Orange juice, hawaiian punch, sprite, everclear, triple sec, smirnoff vodka, boones farm and i believe that is all. Its really good but you get a good buzz quick. We've used it many times for parties. We had it at my bachelorette party.

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  6. Has anyone tried it with with the regular yellow country time lemonade?? I'm making it this weekend and already have all of the ingredients except the pink lemonade....thoughts??

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    1. I always found the Pink to be sweeter which is why I chose it. The yellow always tastes more dry to me.

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  7. Have you tried it with Crystal Light?

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    1. I have actually never even tried Crystal Light. If you do, let me know how it comes out?

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    2. We've made your Hippie Juice several times and always use Crystal Light pink lemonade. It's awesome!

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  8. Ooo this looks and sounds yummy! I will have to try it out this weekend before making it for future pool parties + BBQ's. --- Your blog is awesome, btw.

    Becky @ BallisticGypsy

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! I always get recruited to make it and have a collection of bottles that I use as vases to show for it. Thank you for the compliment, your blog is really lovely and has a great feel to it and your style. I'm following you now so I look forward to catching up on your posts! :)

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  9. So I bought the Simply Raspberry Lemonade...do you think I could use that in place of the pink lemonade!? If so, would I drink/pour out the amount that's equal to the amount of liquor that will be used!? I can't wait to make this for my birthday celebration this weekend!! Thanks :)

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    1. I would pour the lemonade into another container, add the liquor into the empty bottle, and then pour the lemonade back in slowly... that way you can taste test it as you go in case it's too strong or not strong enough... but that's just me. Let me know how that works :)

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  10. so i made this tonight. one with water and one with gatorade. everyone at the party loved both kinds but the gatorade version went much quicker. people seemed to enjoy it more. i love this recipe and will make it again soon. trying the jello shots in a few weeks for my graduation. THANKS!

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    1. I like the gatorade version, too. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Go easy on the jello shots when you make them, they really sneak up on you! Congrats on graduating and hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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  11. Going to a beach condo with friends for memorial day and was stressing about how much and what kind of liquor to use - stumbled across someone who 'pinned' this to pinterest and am so bringing a few bottles of this instead!!! thank you so much for the inspiration!!

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    1. Three batches should last two people the weekend if consumed in moderation. Using waterbottles to store it helps you ration it without the alcohol hitting you too hard. I hope you enjoy the recipe and your holiday weekend!

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  12. HI.....I'm a new follower!
    This Hippie Juice recipe sounds GREAT! I can't wait to make it!
    We are having a big Memorial weekend party. This will be Perfect!!!

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    1. Hi, Amy! Happy to have you aboard! I also believe that I'll be whipping up a batch of Hippie Juice for Memorial Day... it's about time to kick off the summer on the right note! I hope you and yours enjoy the recipe and have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  13. I found this recipe on Pinterest. My pin did not have the comments from the original pin. However, after reading the hilarious comments, I had to repin the original one, too! Made my day! I am going to SoCal in a few weeks for a beach excursion with a good friend. We are hitting 5 different beaches in 5 days, from Huntington Beach on up to Solvang. This drink will definitely be a third passenger. Thanks for sharing! (No, we will not be drinking and driving either!)

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  14. Book Club! Can't wait to try it! Thx!

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  15. Making this for a tubing trip down the Salt River this weekend, it looks amazing! I'm also going to try it with the simply raspberry lemonade and see how it turns out. Might throw some Gatorade mix in there for good measure. Hot AZ sun + vodka is just asking for it.

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    1. How did it work out with the Simply Raspberry Lemonade? I saw it in the store the other day and almost picked it up to make a batch, but didn't get the chance to. It's been a consideration for a while now.

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  16. Has Anyone ever made this with a different flavored Smirnoff?

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  17. I am not a watermelon fan; Do you think strawberry vodka or three olive pomegranate would be good?

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    1. Probably the Strawberry or some type of Melon flavor would work... it really depends on your taste, so make it how you like it! :)

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  18. I put in 2 cups of guava nectar before filling the rest with water and it is SO INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS

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  19. I made this with Strawberry vodka (not a fan of watermelon flavor) and it was amazing. Huge hit. I had to guess at the amount of lemonaid mix as my Countrytime did not come with a scoop but it all worked out. Thanks for the recipe!

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  20. This sounds like a great beach drink! So gonna make this and our traditional Sangria punch when we go. Just reading the comments from your original pin... I don't think I'll tell my folks about that. LOL!! Too funny! :)

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  21. Could this be made with ice and a blender to make it more of a smoothie consistency?

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    1. I'm sure you could do that... or you can add more strawberries to thicken it. I'd also suggest adding the alcoholic ingredients to a container of Rita's Ice (they have a lemonade flavor) and stirring. You can drink that with a straw :)

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  22. I found this recipe on pinterest and am dying to make it. It sounds very yummy. I just love your blog and am happy to be your newest follower. When you have a chance come by and check out my blog www.questfordelish.blogspot.com

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    1. I just clicked on your blog, and Andrea, you had me at FOOD. Looking forward to stopping by and checking out more! Oh, and if you live in NYC and you like to eat, you might just enjoy some of my upcoming posts :) Let me know how it goes when you try the Hippie Juice recipe and have a wonderful day!

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  23. Just made some of this to take to a "byob' pure romance party and HOLY CRAP it's yummy!!!!

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    1. So glad you liked it!!! Let me know if you end up trying the jello shots, too! :)

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  24. Thanks for coming by my blog and I am looking forward to your upcoming posts. I just bought the vodka and rum and triple sec. I am planning to make this on vacation and will not be using the simply lemonade jug so can you tell me how much pink lemonade to add to the other ingredients? I am planning to make it in a pitcher using pink lemonade already made. Thanks.

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    1. A full container is 1.75 liters (or 59 ounces)... which is about 7.375 cups... so if you subtract the 1 2/3 cups of alcohol... and the strawberries... it looks like approximately 5 1/2 cups of water. Play around with it so it suits your taste, though.

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  25. You do realize that when you add Gatorade to any alcohol it makes you get drunk faster and it's more dangerous because it goes to your blood stream faster. Gatorade is made to do that so that you stay hydrated. Not a good idea to mix it with alcohol!

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    1. I knew that about sugar, but apparently not about Gatorade. It explains a lot, though. A little went a long way that summer. Which reminds me of the fun fact I read a while ago about Diet Soda causing your BAC to rise faster than normal Soda in mix drinks. Thank you for the information.

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  26. Going to my 35th high school reunion this weekend and will definitely be giving this a try, but using the Crystal Light someone else mentioned... gotta save calories where I can after all! Had something similar to this, but with Patron instead of rum, and this sounds much more to my liking! Thankful for Pinterest!

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  27. So I didn't get your message until after I went on my vacation and I figured it out. I just have to say it is super delish and I just posted on my blog because I think my readers would also love it. Thanks for sharing and come by and check it out.

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  28. Yummy. Cant wait to try friday after work

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    1. Let me know what you think of it! I hope you enjoy! :)

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  29. I am making this for the weekend, for my cousins birthday, we will be at the beach all weekend. I can't wait to try it. I really like the new name found on pinterest lol.... I will send a picture after the weekend!

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    1. Looking forward to hearing what you think and seeing your picture! The new name made me laugh, too... in or out of context. :)

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  30. making this for my bestie's bday party this weekend. the new pinterest name is hilarious...i can't wait to tell all the girls the name, if i'm lucky i may get a spit take or two.. kind of a waste of good drink, but it will be funny.

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  31. Made a modified version of this for a camping trip! Loooved it! Here's what I did:
    Instead of using the pink lemonade mix I bought a jug of Simply Lemonade with Raspberry. I then poured out 2/3 of a cup of the lemonade and added 1/3 cup Malibu and 1/3 cup triple sec. Once we arrived and had ll the tents set up I started pouring the drink. I put one shot of vodka in a solo cup and topped it off with the Lemonade mixture. It was so go! Pretty strong but perfect for the weekend away!

    I'll be doing it again in a few week for our next trip! Officially a traveling staple.

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  32. I so want to try this! How do you think the Malibu Mango rum would be good instead of coconut? I love both but I have been obsessed with the strawberry mango combo lately!

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    1. I'll bet that will be delicious in its own way. Mango and Strawberry mixed with the Watermelon in the vodka and the Orange of the Triple Sec... Yum. I bet it'd be an amazing frozen drink, too. If you try it, let me know how it comes out! :)

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  33. Thank you for this recipe! I've made it several times and it's always a hit. Sometimes I use strawberry lemonade and it's fantastic. ^_^

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  34. My sister and I are going to try this at the beach this year when we go! Can't wait!!

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  35. I so want to make this, but I don't have the Pink Lemonade. If you use the Gatorade instead how does the substitution work? How much Gatorade do you put in?? :)

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    1. Oh, it was only a SPLASH of Gatorade for flavor. I WOULD NOT USE it as a full substitution by any means. If you don't have pink lemonade, you can either use kool-aid or fruit juice or even make your own lemonade with sugar, lemon juice, and water... pretty simple... and if you want to make it fancy, add strawberries.

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  36. Are you using the 59 oz carafe?

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  37. I wonder if this would be good as a frozen drink? Just got a Margaritaville machine and want to test it.

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  38. Hi

    I hope you receive this message. I would love to serve the Hippie Juice for a party with 12 women. I plan on using Crystal Light Raspberry Lemonade. Would I need to make two batches to serve at least 2 to 3 glasses per person. The glass size is 10 oz.

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    1. Each batch fills a 59 oz carafe so that would be between 5 and 6 glasses per batch. The recipe is extremely boozy and I usually share one batch with three people and get significantly tipsy. Just remember that the more sugar is in the mix the quicker the alcohol hits your bloodstream. But yes, you would need to make more than one batch to share with 12 women. I hope that's a good gauge for you. Enjoy!

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  39. This is awesome! I am sooo going to have to try it! Thanks for sharing it here!

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  40. I just made it and mine had a weird after taste. The only thing I did different was I didn't use Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka. I used another brand Watermelon vodka. It was cheaper. Could that be it? I also find it odd that I don't taste the coconut rum at all. Usually that's a pretty unique flavor that you can taste in any drink. Should I be tasting the rum?

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