when the winter comes and fresh local fruits go away, it's time for warm drinks...or drinks that bring you to warmer places.

 
 
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The Paniolo

a hawaiian vacation is always a good way to shake off that winter funk.  if you can't jump on a plane, this cocktail will have you sitting high in the saddle on the slopes of haleakala in no time.  

i have an obsession with passion fruit.  there are certain flavors that are so distinct that they can send your brain to other places with one sip.  lillikoi - as it's called in hawaii -is my taste-ticket to the islands.  charred pineapple infused vodka, JALAPEÑO, and muddled sage round out this earthy, spicy, fruity drink.

 
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The Waimea Vog

often times when i'm brainstorming new ideas for cocktails, i'll do many variations of a certain base flavor combination and end up with one solid winner.  in this JALAPEÑO/passion fruit EXTRAVAGANZA, i came up with two that found their way to the menu.  see above for inspiration.

when reading through the ingredients of this cocktail, you may wonder what the hell i was thinking...a moby dick masterpiece in need of some editing perhaps.  but, i promise it all comes together in the end.  

for what it's worth, i think this is the best cocktail i've ever created.