Here's another installment in our series on the foods of Hawaii:
What is POG? It's a rich and sweet mixture of passion fruit juice, orange juice and guava juice. You could think of POG as Hawaii's official drink, and you can find it everywhere on the islands.
Unfortunately, like many other special foods here in Hawaii, it can be nearly impossible to find on the mainland.
Now keep in mind that most of the brands of POG aren't exactly healthy for you, since they're typically only 15-20% juice, with water and sugar (and/or high-fructose corn syrup) added. Technically you can't call this juice, hence the term "nectar" on the box. I usually never drink sweetened drinks like this, but when I'm here in Hawaii I make an exception. As the saying goes: what happens in Hawaii stays in Hawaii.
Plus, POG reminds me of my childhood, when I used to drink a big glass of Orange Hi-C every day when I got home from school (believe it or not, back in the 1970s and early 1980s, kids could eat and drink as much sugar as they wanted).
The other important--some might say critical--feature of POG: it goes perfectly with vodka to make a glorious drink called the POG-tini.
Finally, a brief warning: drinking too much POG at one time can put you into a glucosal, semi-euphoric state known as pogging. Seriously. You see hundreds of pasty-looking tourists everywhere here, all with huge smiles on their faces, pogging up and down the streets of Waikiki. Come here and you'll see what I mean.
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