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Mai Kai, Fort Lauderdale, FL (restaurant)
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Posted: 2018-08-02 10:44 pm   Permalink

Dave Levy, managing owner of The Mai-Kai, welcomes senior blender David Morrison of Appleton Estate for an exclusive rum tasting on Aug. 1 ...



Four Appleton rums were sampled: Signautre Blend, Reserve Blend, Rare Blend and 21-Year. And the Shark Bite (featuring Appleton Estate Rare Blend) was the perfect cocktail paring.





 
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Posted: 2018-08-11 12:21 am   Permalink



Episode 16 of Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast is now available for download or streaming:
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/maroonedpodcast/episodes/2018-08-10T00_00_00-07_00

Listen as David and I discuss (what else) Mai-Kai cocktails, Kohala Bay rum, secret syrups, The Hukilau, the genesis of The Atomic Grog, O.F.T.D. rum, Zombies and Mai Tais, plus many more topics!

If you enjoy the show, please subscribe via iTunes or your Android device.
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Posted: 2018-08-17 10:10 pm   Permalink

We've been able to confirm the opening of The Molokai bar as Thursday, March 6, 1958. We've seen another ad from that date that refers to the bar "opening tonight."



Check out many great old images on Swanky's site ...
http://www.maikaihistory.com/2018/05/07/2018-molokai-bar-60th-anniversary/
(The fall 1958 opening he refers to was likely the official grand opening for the tourist season.)


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Posted: 2018-09-03 9:41 pm   Permalink

RIP, Leonce Picot ... creator of many of the icons of The Mai-Kai including the calendars, Happy Talk and Okole Maluna Society. He also came up with the idea of the Mystery Drink.



Here's a tribute from Swanky ...
http://www.maikaihistory.com/2018/08/27/leonce-picot-1932-2018/

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Posted: 2018-10-25 12:40 pm   Permalink

Sadly, we recently lost another Mai-Kai legend:

Jack Lewis was a retired Mai-Kai bartender and disciple of Mariano Licudine. Jack's legacy and influence on The Mai-Kai's cocktails still loom large, and will be felt for a long time to come. A memorial was held Oct. 7 in his honor at Stevens Field in Oakland Park, where Jack used to play with the teams from The Mai-Kai and shared many good times.

As Swanky points out, Jack was Mariano's hand-picked successor and the second head mixologist at The Mai-Kai. He was still making Mariano's secret syrups for The Mai-Kai until shortly before he died.

Okole maluna to Jack!


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Posted: 6 days ago; 11:09 am   Permalink

Another recent VIP visitor from Appleton Rum: The legendary master blender Joy Spence ...


She found some rare Jamaican rums in the back bar!

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