I fell in love with everything about Hawaii. The beautiful scenery. The flowers. The aloha spirit. The relaxing atmosphere. The food and drink.
While it’s probably true that everything tastes better in paradise, I have found a way to bring at least some of that vacation flavor home by making my own POG juice.
Or as I like to call it, sunshine in a glass. Or a vacation in a glass.
Since it’s a drink I closely associate with spring and warm weather and relaxation, I thought it was fitting to introduce you to POG juice and share the recipe as part of this month’s Celebrations of Home blog hop. Every month, my blogging friends and I share seasonal crafts, recipes, DIYs and decorating projects. This month’s theme is “Spring Has Sprung.”
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I still remember the first time I had a sip of POG juice. It was in a hole-in-the-wall sushi restaurant where we were having breakfast on our way to tour the Road to Hana. Our driver, Joe, insisted we stop there for muffins, pineapple, coffee and POG juice.
From the first sip, I was hooked.
POG juice has a much mellower flavor than orange juice, thanks to the addition of guava and passionfruit juice.
The kind sold in Hawaiian grocery stores has sugar added, so it is fairly sweet. My POG juice recipe doesn’t have any added sugar, so you won’t feel guilty when you pour a second glass. (And trust me, you will!)
My recipe is pure fruit juice, and the tartness will really depend on type of orange juice you use. Fresh squeezed is the best, but I usually use a carton of our favorite, pulp-free orange juice from the grocery store.
For years, I’ve tried to find the ingredients to make POG juice at home, but passionfruit juice hasn’t always been easy to come by.
And they also sell cartons of guava juice, too.
I know you’re probably saying, “get on with the recipe, already,” and I hear you. But it’s so simple, I felt like I needed to tell you a story and give you some shopping tips first.
POG Juice Recipe
To make your own pog juice, gather up your ingredients;
- passionfruit juice
- orange juice
- guava juice
Start by mixing two parts passionfruit juice and two parts guava juice to one part orange juice. Take a sip to test for tartness, then add more orange juice if preferred.
I tend to like a 1:1:1 ratio, with equal parts of passionfruit, orange and guava juice.
Garnish with orange slices or a tropical umbrella. (I used blood oranges for these photos.)
Now that I have found a reliable source of passionfruit juice, I plan to experiment with some POG juice cocktails. Can you imagine a mimosa or a tequila sunrise or a screwdriver made with POG juice instead of orange juice?
Now if only I could find Maui gold pineapples here on the mainland.
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