And you probably thought that Hawaii is only known for its Mai Tai, right?
Well, we are happy to tell you that the bartenders in the Hawaiian islands are as creative as ever and here are some of the signature beverages from some of our favorite resorts.
And is this isn’t enough, we found some of the recipes for you to try at home.
Sheraton Kauai Resort: RumFire Mango Mojito
1 1/2 ounce Old Lahaina Silver rum
1 1/2 ounce Maui mango puree
1 ounce Rose’s lime juice
Splash of sweet-and-sour Maui margarita mix
Handful of fresh mint
Add all ingredients to a blender with ice and blend thoroughly. Pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a dehydrated mango slice and a mint sprig.
RumFire Poipu Beach’s signature cocktail has a refreshing combination of mint and mango. It calls for locally-made rum, adding a touch of Hawaii to a drink originally created in Cuba. It’s especially refreshing after a day spent hiking or on the beach.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa: Chocolate Relapse
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup coconut puree
1 banana, cut in slices
1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce Kahlua
2 crushed Oreo cookies
Blend ice cream, coconut puree, banana, Bailey’s and vodka. Pour Kahlua in a glass, and then squirt chocolate syrup over the bottom and sides of the glass. Add the blended mixture, and top with whipped cream and crushed Oreos. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.
Umalu restaurant bartender Glenn Hanlon gives the familiar Mudslide frozen cocktail a Hawaiian twist with tropical flavors such as banana and coconut. The drink, a signature poolside drink, is a huge hit with chocolate lovers.
Halekulani (Oahu): Halekulani Mai Tai
1/3 ounce orgeat syrup
1/3 ounce orange curacao
1/3 ounce rock candy syrup
3/4 ounce Bacardi Gold rum
1/2 ounce Bacardi 151 rum
1 1/4 ounces fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce Bacardi Select (float)
Assemble the first six ingredients over crushed ice. Float the Bacardi Select rum on top. Garnish with a lime wheel, a sugarcane stick, a mint leaf and an orchid.
Longtime Halekulani bartender Wing Liu and his team wanted to concoct a drink that would define their Waikiki hotel, so they dreamed up this signature cocktail, which is served at House Without a Key restaurant. With three types of rum plus fresh lime juice and rock candy syrup, it’s the ideal balance of tart and sweet — a blissful accompaniment to views of Diamond Head at sunset.
Wailea Beach Resort-Marriott, Maui: Plantation Margarita
1 1/2 ounces Grand Leyenda Reposado tequila
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce vanilla syrup
Grand Marnier (float)
Shake and strain the first six ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail glass. Top it with the Grand Marnier and garnish with a vanilla-soaked pineapple wedge.
According to restaurant director Mark Nelsen, this is one of the most reordered drinks at the hotel’s Kapa Bar & Grill. From the first sip, it’s clear that this is no typical margarita thanks to its infusion of top-shelf ingredients and fresh, local juices. It’s designed to pair with the food served at Kapa Bar & Grill, but it’s equally tasty poolside.
For those of you who follow My Vacation Lady’s blog, you’ll know that Hawaii is our happy place and we’ll be heading back to the islands for the 9th time next month.
While I’m truly a mojito girl, I HAVE to try the Hyatt Regency Maui’s Chocolate Relapse.
I’ll try to report back to make sure they live up to the hype
Mahalo to Marty Wentzel of TravelAge West for the contributions.