About a year ago, my friend, Jen, introduced me to Joia all natural sodas. Joia is not too syrupy sweet and has a range of really interesting flavors, like Pineapple, Coconut and Nutmeg or Grapefruit, Chamomile, and Cardamom. The sodas on their own are delicious, but Jen planted a little seed about a year ago that they probably would be super tasty as cocktails. I tested a few out, but it wasn’t until I found Far North Spirits that I had that eureka moment. I put the two together and it was like the clouds parted and angels started singing (do they do that over cocktails?) In any event, the taste is full on magical beach in a glass deliciousness.
They are easy to make for one or two cocktails and also super easy to throw together for a party. First, I put my sodas on ice.
The awesome thing about Joia is they are a soda that is unique enough to peak the interest of adults, but not so unique that kids won’t want to drink them. So, really all in all, the perfect party beverage, because they can appeal to a wide audience.
At a separate station, I added my two favorite spirits, Solveig Gin and Alander Spiced Rum from Far North Spirits.
If you’ve been following along on TBR, you know I have a deep love for Far North Spirits. They aren’t a sponsor, just my absolute favorite.
I ended up making two cocktails, though the possibilities of combinations with the Joia are probably endless. The first was a Pineapple and Coconut Rum Punch. It literally makes you feel like you are on a beach. It is tropical and lush and oh so delicious. (Oh, and ridiculously simple to make.)
First, the ingredients…
Ready for how easy this is? Add 1 to 1 and half ounces of Alander to a glass with ice and top with half of a Joia Pineapple, Coconut, and Nutmeg soda.
If you want to get über fancy like me (snort!), top it with a pineapple slice. It is not essential, but when all chilled down, taking a bite after your drink adds to the tropical feel and is a little blast of vitamin C. And, as I always say friends keeping friends from getting scurvy is the best type of friendship…
And, that’s it. Seriously. All it takes to make a drink that is outrageously beachy. Now, I’m not a mixologist by trade and I can’t tell you exactly what it is that makes this work so darn well other than you put two delicious tasty beverages in one glass and you get a taste explosion. It’s kinda that simple.
While I was at it, I decided to make something a little breezy and light that would be a favorite for the gin enjoying folks. I made a Lime Hibiscus Gin Breeze.
Once again, the world’s simplest cocktail. First, I gathered my supplies.
Next, I added 1 to 1 and a half ounces of Solveig gin (depending on your taste level) to a glass with ice. I like my ice crushed and happen to find this a good use for our snow cone maker, so I went for it. Then I topped it off with about half of a Lime, Hibiscus and Clove Joia. Once again, it’s just that simple.
This one is crisp, light, and refreshing. The Solveig is the perfect compliment, because it isn’t the least bit bitter and doesn’t have that bite that many gins do. It is smooth and together with the Joia, so bright and cheery.
Since each Joia makes two cocktails, it really is perfect for a couple of drinks with the husband or friends. And, since they are so darn easy to make, they are great for parties, because guests can assemble them and make to their taste. Joia and Far North Spirits are also available online and have their local retailers listed as well, so all in all, just about as easy to find as they are to make.
I hope you enjoy these two beach in a glass cocktails (responsibly, of course.) And, if you haven’t gotten a chance to get to the beach yet this year, these will transport you there. Trust me. In the meantime, here’s a little visual inspiration, to get you started.
I hope you enjoy your weekend!