The unfortunate thing about giving a trip away to Tahiti (enter here, if you haven’t already; enter again, if you have) is that only two fortunate souls get to make the trip. But you don’t have to be in Tahiti to feel like you’re in Tahiti. All you need to do is source yourself some of the country’s beverages of choice.
The one that immediately comes to mind is Tahitian Treat fruit punch (available online on Amazon, of all places). The drink, formerly a property of Canada Dry, is now part of the ominous-sounding Dr. Pepper Snapple Group of products, and, having only heard the name but never sampled the drink myself, I assume it tastes a lot like Hawaiian Punch (which Dr. Pepper Snapple also owns).
If mass-manufactured sugar water isn’t up your alley, then there is also a mix drink known as the Tahitian Treat which includes the following:
- 1 oz. lemon-flavoured rum
- 1 oz. Amaretto
- 4 oz. cranberry juice
- Fill with Sprite and add ice cubes.
There’s also a Royal Tahiti Cocktail, which includes:
- 1.5 oz. of white rum
- 3.5 oz. of banana juice
- 3 scoops of coconut ice cream
- dash of strawberry syrup
- lime juice
It’s important to remember that mixing Tahitian cocktails is not an exact science. You can make these cocktails sans alcohol and in a variety of measurements of the above ingredients and likely turn out a delicious fruity-flavoured drink. Though the alcohol might help you imagine your way to Tahiti.
If you do find yourself in the French Polynesia, the national beer of Tahiti is Hinano. The beer won a gold medal at the Luxembourg International Beer Awards in 1993, and had a song dedicated to it by Tamarii Punaruu (hear it below).
Having never tasted it myself, I still feel like I can safely assume it tastes nothing like Hawaiian Punch. —Jon Roe