We’re sitting in the lukewarm hot tub, talking with a couple from South Carolina. They find Hawaii cold, it seems. I let Michael carry the conversational ball while I tilt my head back and gaze up at the evening sky. I watch a few wispy clouds scud by, then my attention drifts to the palm trees, waving in the breeze like upended feather dusters. A flock of birds call out from the bushes. The perfume from the hibiscus flowers is heavy and sweet. My feet float on the tickly bubbles, and my thoughts float randomly here and there as well.
It has been a good day. Breakfast on the patio, a run along the immaculately landscaped Waikoloa Beach Drive, a few trips to the pool. Most importantly, I have no responsibilities, nowhere urgent to be, and nothing that demands my immediate attention. Maybe later in the week we’ll get to the beach, and I want to try parasailing. This is the life, I think. Kona is surely paradise.
I am recalled from my reverie by Michael’s dad, who is waving his arm in a welcoming, gathering-the-flock sort of gesture as he walks by. “Sun’s over the yard-arm!” he says, striding toward a little footbridge over a waterfall, which is a shortcut back to the condo. “Cocktail hour! Who wants a cocktail?”
Michael’s sister and mother emerge from deck chair and pool respectively, gathering their belongings. We stand up, dripping, and bid farewell to the South Carolinians. Then all of us follow in Bill’s wake, as if drawn by the pied piper.
After showering and changing, we gather on the patio. Michael’s sister serves us a cocktail of her own invention. Made of Ciroc Red Berry, a flavored vodka, mixed with 7-Up and Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Blackberry Juice, it is crisp, refreshing, and utterly drinkable. Who knew that among her talents, Christine is a drink inventing prodigy? We brainstorm names for this new concoction, temporarily settling on the title Kona Pow! with the exclamation point emphasized.
And don’t think that a tall, icy Kona Pow! would only taste good in Hawaii at this time of year, when fall is closing its chilly grip on the mainland. A Kona Pow! would be just as satisfying as a pre-dinner cocktail in a warm, firelit living room as it is on a patio next to the golf course.
Mix equal parts of:
- Ciroc Red Berry Vodka
- Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Blackberry Juice
Serve over ice in a tall glass with a lime wedge.
Have a suggestion for the official name of the drink currently known as the Kona Pow! ? I’d love to hear from you. Leave it in comments!