Our Hippie Juice recipe is the perfect simple, easy, refreshing summer drink for a party. It’s fruity, fun, Big Batch cocktail perfect to make for a crowd!
It’s not every day that I’ll post an “adult” beverage on Gonna Want Seconds.
But this Hippie Juice recipe is so good, I couldn’t help but share. It works well at a party, sipping poolside or just because.
This drink has a lot going for it. It’s light, fruity and easy to mix up in a hurry – no blender required! Hippie Juice is the perfect summer drink, but, of course, you can drink it year-round. I won’t tell.
This drink was originally meant to be assembled in a half gallon juice container, which means it’s totally portable.
By portable, I mean you can carry your unopened alcohol bottles to the neighborhood barbecue. Once you’re at your final destination, just add the ingredients to your juice container, give it a good shake and it’s ready to serve.
Not only will you have no need of a blender, you won’t even have need of a mixing spoon!
This recipe produces a healthy quantity of hippie juice. And hey, with a larger quantity you can share it with more people!
I like to mix it in a larger container, like a gallon water jug.
Once it’s mixed, serve your Hippie Juice straight from the container.
If by chance, you have any leftovers, you can easily store them in the freezer. I’m thinking leftovers are unlikely, just sayin….
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What is Hippie Juice?
If you were to conjure a mental image of a drink called “Hippie Juice,” you’d probably have visions of peace-loving Woodstock goers… me, too.
But it doesn’t seem Hippie Juice dates back that far. This recipe seems to be only a couple of decades old if that.
So why is it called Hippie Juice? There are a couple of possibilities. The first is because it’s said this recipe was first perfected at a summer music festival in the early 2000s. If you’ve ever been to a music festival, you know that they have a unique atmosphere. Picture tents, bonfires and drum circles.
The second possible reason that this drink is called Hippie Juice is somewhat related to that. The portability of the drink puts it in a class of its own. You can lead a hippie lifestyle, selling seashells in the back of your van and still have everything you need to make a pitcher of Hippie Juice.
The final theory is kind of a funny one. It’s been said that this recipe is called Hippie Juice because hippies are notorious for using whatever they find. And, in a way, this drink is a nice little mix of just about everything. From watermelon vodka to actual raspberries, Hippie Juice is quite eclectic.
No matter how the drink got its name, though, it’s absolutely delicious. Let’s face it, people have always come up with fascinating ways to make alcohol go down smoothly.
I know you’ll love how easy it is to take along to events with you, or just to mix up some easy Hippie Juice at home.
How to Make Low Calorie Hippie Juice
I’ve served this at a few gatherings, and I invariably get asked how many calories are in the drink. It’s soooo sweet and soooo good, it can’t be low-cal, right?
Seriously! Are we drinking Hippie Juice because it’s good for us? Its got alcohol in it for goodness sake! That said, you can modify the recipe a little bit to cut calories if you like.
First, let’s start with the lemonade mix. I like to use Country Time Pink Lemonade Mix when I make Hippie Juice, but there are certainly other sugar-free brands.
It is very important to consider the impact of that, though. See, it’s been shown that when you mix artificial sweeteners with alcohol, the alcohol will affect you differently. Be very, very mindful of your consumption if you’re using sugar-free ingredients.
The second way to cut down on the calories is just to skip, say, the raspberries in the drink. I really don’t recommend that, as the raspberries definitely round out the flavor of the drink.
There are of course several other recipes for Hippie Juice around the web, but few are really low-cal. For instance, the Hippie Juice Tipsy Bartender makes still contains fruit and full-sugar lemonade, and actually includes more vodka than I use.
When all is said and done, I don’t worry too much about the calories in Hippie Juice. It’s certainly not a health drink, but that’s not why I serve it. When you drink it (in moderation, of course), it’s best to just enjoy it for what it is!
How Do You Make a Single Serving of Hippie Juice?
To be honest, I think it’s super easy to make a large batch of Hippie Juice – but a small batch is a little trickier.
But sometimes, you just need to make a single serving, so here’s how I do it!
First, I make an 8 ounce serving of Country Time Lemonade in an 8 ounce liquid measuring cup. When you make a single serving of hippie juice you only use about 2 ounces of the lemonade.
Making an 8-ounce serving is just easier to portion out though. I like using a liquid measuring cup because of the built-in pouring spout.
After that the recipe is easy! So here it is:
Single Serving Hippie Juice
- 4 Ounces Lemonade
- 1 Ounce Watermelon Vodka
- 1/2 Ounce Malibu Rum
- 1/2 Ounce Triple Sec
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Serve over ice. Garnish with strawberries cut in half.
Can You Make Non-Alcoholic Hippie Juice?
You can make your Hippie Juice non-alcoholic with a little creativity.
Of course, it has a flavor all of its own, but it’s still, super delicious!
First, you’ll substitute the watermelon vodka with some watermelon juice. It doesn’t have to be fresh, don’t worry! There are “fruit punch” type blends you’ll find at the grocery store that are fresh and melon-y, and these will work just fine.
Secondly, there’s the matter of the rum. Experiment around, but I’ve found the best substitutes for rum are white grape juice or even apple cider. Use apple juice if you feel the cider is too spicy.
Lastly, you can just substitute orange juice for triple sec. It’ll add just the kick you need to make non-alcoholic Hippie Juice a success.
If you’re looking for an easier way to provide non-alcoholic drinks, there are other options, of course.
My recipe for Lime Rickey “mocktail” is perfect to serve alongside Hippie Juice for the kids or the designated drivers. I’ve also got a great recipe for an awesome Orange Creamsicle Drink that can be made with or without the spirits.
Recipe Notes For Hippie Juice:
Make it Portable – Yes, you can make this drink portable!
As I mentioned, you can just carry the ingredients along to wherever the party is and shake it up when you get there. Bring a gallon jug or a half gallon juice container along; you can even put everything but the alcohol in ahead of time!
Add the fruit and the spirits when you’re ready to serve. Peace out, friends!
Drink Responsibly – I know I don’t need to tell you that.
However, what I mean to say is that this recipe goes down soooo easy – it’s light, smooth and tastes so refreshing that you might be tempted to drink it quickly!
Fight the urge, my friends!
Make it Pretty – Just because you’re mixing your drink on the go doesn’t mean you can’t make it look gorgeous.
You can make a Hippie Juice recipe Facebook worthy by adding a sprig of mint to the glass, serving over ice, and pouring over a few extra raspberries.
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Our Hippie Juice recipe is the perfect simple, easy, refreshing summer drink for a party. It's fruity, fun, Big Batch cocktail perfect to make for a crowd!
- 1 Cup Watermelon Vodka
- 1/3 Cup Malibu Rum
- 1/3 Cup Triple Sec
- 4 Scoops Country Time Pink Lemonade Mix
- 4 Cups Water
- 1-3 Cups Strawberries- Sliced
- 1 Lemon- Sliced and Quartered
- 1 Cup Raspberries
- 4 Sprigs Fresh Mint
Add watermelon vodka, Malibu rum, Triple Sec, lemonade powder and water in a pitcher and stir until lemonade dissolves. Add fruit and serve over ice.
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