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I’m sitting on the beach in the blazing sun, watching the water and listening to Don Ho, while taking a shot of ……. wait, what? This isn’t really happening (darn) but I’m imagining this in my mind while I drink a shot of this wonderful elixir. Oh boy, does this little shot taste great and reminds me of all the fun tiki parties I have been to. It’s quite easy to make and the gelatin in the mix gives it a slightly soup-type texture. I have to say, I served these after dinner during an Asian themed party and everyone was raving about them. Try these for your next party and a taste of the tropics. Aloha!



Adapted from Trader Vic’s Tiki Party


1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 package powdered gelatin

1 cup mango nectar

1 cup guava nectar

½ cup simple syrup

½ cup coconut milk

1 stalk *lemongrass, bottom 3 inches only, minced

5 tablespoons Grand Marnier or orange liqueur

5 tablespoons passion fruit liqueur

*Strawberry wafer sticks or *Pocky

Pour ½ cup of the orange juice into a small bowl; sprinkle the gelatin over the juice and allow it to soften.

In a large saucepan, combine the mango and guava nectars, simple syrup, coconut milk, lemongrass and the remaining ½ cup orange juice and bring to a boil. Add the softened gelatin and cook, stirring constantly, until completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve to remove lemongrass. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Add the Grand Marnier and passion fruit liqueurs. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, for at least 8 hours or overnight.

To serve, pour the slightly thickened soup into small glasses and garnish with a wafer stick or Pocky.


*These items can be found in most Asian supermarkets



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