Wahine (from Ralph & Mabel Cotter via Nancy)

12 ounces                                  1 ½ounces               unsweetened pineapple juice

8 ounces                                   1 ounce                     light rum

8 ounces                                   1 ounce                     vodka

4 ounces                                       ½ ounce                    fresh lemonjuice

2 ounces                                    ¼ ounce                    barsyrup (grenadine)* see alternative below

8 cups                                         1 cup                         shavedice

For garnish:
Pineapple wedges

Fill a Trader-Vic’s “coconut” with crushed ice.  Pourover some of the drink mix and garnish.

Skewer the garnish, alternating two chunks of pineapplewith two maraschino cherries and place in drink along with a sprig of mint if that isavailable.

Best served from Trader Vic’s “coconuts.”  Go there and order a few, then ask totake a few coconuts home for your own use. Preferably order a Wahine at theoriginal Trader Vic’s in Oakland, CA,*but  from Washington, DC to London, thepresentation of a Wahine seems to never vary.

If you have a question for Peter about this recipe, email him by double clicking here.

This recipe has been kitchen tested from coast to coast.

Alternative, using rock candy syrup, which is authentic from Trader Vic’s:


1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 1/2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
1 oz. light rum
1 oz. vodka
*1/4 oz. rock candy syrup

Blend in blender with 1 scoop of shaved ice.
Pour into decorative mug or coconut shell. Garnish with mint sprig and fresh fruit


*Of interest to real fans, perhaps:

email #1

Subj: Re: First Trader Vic’s
Date: 12/1/2004 5:04:13 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: thittel893@earthlink.net
To: Suehklock@aol.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Dear Sue,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the first Trader Vics.

The first Trader Vic’s was on 65th and San Pablo, in Oakland, CA. the restaurant was moved to Emeryville in the 70’s, which is just a mile or so from the original location.

Thank you and best Regards,

Frank T. (Ted) Hittell
Vice President
Trader Vic’s Food Products

email #2

Subj: (no subject)
Date: 12/1/2004 1:35:06 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: Suehklock

Hi, Sue…

Hinky Dink’s opened in 1934 on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland. He changed the name to Trader Vic’s shortly after, so the first ” Trader Vic’s ” was in Oakland on San Pablo Avenue in 1935, though it was the same little building that was called Hinky Dink’s in 1934.

Hope this answers your question. Thanks…

Kindest regards,



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