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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-11-24 09:42 am   Permalink

Blair Reynolds of BG Reynolds Syrups recently stopped by The Mai-Kai with Tiki Lindy ...



Mahalo to Blair for the new syrups to add to the collection. We'll be putting them to the test soon ...



Shop and find out more about BG Reynolds at
http://bgreynolds.com


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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-12-11 11:13 am   Permalink

It was a Joy to meet the legendary master blender from Appleton Rum, Joy Spence, on a recent visit to The Mai-Kai ...



While touring the back bar, she spotted some old Jamican rums ...



 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 27 days ago; 4:07 pm   Permalink

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On 2018-04-06 22:00, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
Aloha Mike and Marie! You have good taste. The Shark Bite has always been one of my favorites as well.

The tribute recipe is pretty close to what they serve at The Mai-Kai, IMHO. Instead of Barbados rum, it's possible they use a Spanish-style gold. You could also try adjusting the proportions of the lime, pineapple juice and sugar syrup. You'd be surprised at how big a difference a tweak as little as 1/4 ounce will make in a small drink like this. The Mai-Kai uses a very tart key lime juice and a rich house-made sugar syrup. Both are difficult to duplicate at home. Back up to this page on the thread for more on the lime juice blend I recommend:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=47293&forum=10&start=180

FYI: A majority of The Mai-Kai recipes are revamped versions of Don the Beachcomber classics, adjusted by Mariano Licudine (with help from owner Bob Thornton). They tweaked the ingredients, some drinks more dramatically than others. Here's a PDF that shows the ancestry of all the drinks:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Mai-Kai-cocktails-ancestry.pdf
You can find our full recipe list here for your perusal:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/mai-kai-cocktail-guide/mai-kai-cocktail-recipes/

Okole maluna!




Hayward,

Appreciate all this info!

Been a while, but we want to report back on our recipe testing experience...

We tried your recipes soon after you posted this. Gotta admit, we had some doubts -- the Shark's Bite as we remember it at the Mai-Kai has almost a slight hint of red or ruddy brown to it, in color, so you would think that there's got to be some ingredient like maraschino cherry juice, or a rich cinnamon syrup, or even a small dash of grenadine. So in the past, we always tried one of these ingredients. We had serious doubts about your simplified recipe ... until we tried it. It was amazing! The color, too, had that hint of amber obviously from the rum. The Appleton 12-year made the difference. But the flavor and taste was so right on. We tried it with two different types of lime -- bottled and fresh -- and the drink was noticeably different in color and flavor. The fresh beat the bottled hands down. But then ... we were thinking about what you said about the very tart Key lime juice that the Mai-Kai uses. What could we use? Then it hit us: we've got a stock of something called old sour, which is an old recipe from the conchs of Key West. It's pretty simple, just fresh key limes squeezed, then a little coarse salt added, then it's bottled and it keeps in the fridge forever -- we always knew it as a condiment to use on salads, fries, shrimp, whatever. The Key West conchs put it on everything. For some reason we never thought about putting it in a drink. But "tart Key West lime juice" rang a bell, and we tried it. Bingo!

Beachbum Berry just washed up around these parts last week, and when we saw him we asked his opinion on what went into the Mai-Kai Shark's Bite. "Oh it's basically just rum, lime juice and sugar syrup!" We vouch for you guys, it's simple, the proportions and types of ingredients matter, and it's a fantastic recipe!



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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 25 days ago; 11:04 am   Permalink

Mahalo Mike and Marie! Happy to hear of your Shark Bite explorations. The particular lime juice and sugar syrup The Mai-Kai uses does make a difference. And, of course, the Appleton 12.

Okole maluna!
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 25 days ago; 11:06 am   Permalink

Mele Kalikimaka!



Don't miss the 62nd anniversary party this Friday with extended happy hour until 9 p.m.!





Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1637641769870532/

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 10 days ago; 1:56 pm   Permalink

Just announced:


I'll be speaking about "Demerara Rum: The Mai-Kai's secret weapon" on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. in The Molokai bar. Attendees will enjoy two sample cocktails, there will be a raffle to win a bottle of rum from sponsor Lemon Hart, plus an assortment of swag. Now, be sure to get your ticket and reserve your seat! Happy hour is free, plus there's a special $60 dinner and show ticket available.

Event organized by Retro Rekindled and the Magical Tiki Meetup.

https://www.facebook.com/events/522902038208429/
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Posted: 3 days ago; 8:27 pm   Permalink

Advance tickets to Saturday's event are sold out!



Mahalo and I hope to see a lot of you there! Here's a preview of what to expect ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2019/01/16/magical-tiki-meet-up-special-event:-'demerara-rum---the-mai-kai's-secret-weapon'/

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