Once upon a time in the Summer of 2010, a joyous gathering of assorted performers and costumed companions inspired the name of a concoction now known as “Hippie Juice” when a recycled container filled with pink lemonade perfection was shared and enthusiastically enjoyed a surprise dance party on an island during a sunshower. There were hula hoops, streamers, and instruments of musical merriment at our annual gathering celebrating life, costumes, and colorful creativity. We paraded and danced until the sun set and it was a beautiful time to be alive in New York City.
The recipe itself was developed entirely by chance. I’d hosted a birthday party for a friend the night before and discovered a collection of primarily empty bottles of assorted liquors left on the counter, a donation to the house.
There was quite a bit of watermelon vodka and pink lemonade mix from the vodka lemonades, a tiny bit of Malibu left from the bay breezes, and an equally tiny bit of triple sec. I decided to measure these out and funnel them into a recycled orange juice bottle by smell, adding some of the pink lemonade mix and filling the remaining space with water until it reached the top. I added a few slices of strawberry for good measure that had been left over from the birthday cake I made the day before. The result was surprisingly good and incredibly sweet.
The recipe I came up with was simple:
– Country Time Pink Lemonade Mix
– Fresh Strawberries
– Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka
– Triple Sec
– Malibu Coconut Rum
– Simply Brand (Apple, Orange, Etc.) Juice Container (59 oz carafe) or equivalent
– Measuring Cup
– Cutting Board
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.