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Updates to The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide on The Atomic Grog
Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-06-01 12:51 pm   Permalink

The blog is updated with our in-depth look at the new cocktail menu ...



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2018/06/01/photos-the-mai-kai-updates-bar-menu-adds-classic-lost-cocktail/
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Posted: 2018-06-01 3:04 pm   Permalink

Along with the menu update, four cocktail reviews are updated, and we have a new tribute recipe for the Suffering Bastard ...



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2013/06/03/lost-cocktails-of-the-mai-kai-the-off-menu-suffering-bastard-was-just-a-mai-tai-with-a-kick/

The other drinks that moved around on the menu also had updates - including more history, news and photos:

Tiki Swizzle
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2014/01/20/mai-kai-cocktail-review-the-new-tiki-swizzle-is-a-sweet-and-savory-addition/

Mai-Kai Cappuccino
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/01/22/mai-kai-cocktail-review-comfort-and-caffeine-are-hallmarks-of-this-cappuccino-concoction/

Wahine Delight
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/05/13/mai-kai-cocktail-review-a-delightful-after-dinner-drink-for-wahines-and-men-too/

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-06-03 6:08 pm   Permalink

The Rums of The Mai-Kai page finally got the TLC is deserved, will a comprehensive update featuring lots of history, photos and exclusive info ...



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/05/08/rums-of-the-mai-kai-legendary-lemon-hart-returns-to-the-promised-land/

On Facebook, Beachbum Berry opined: "Jim Hayward untangles the Gordian knot of classic Tiki rum substitutions."

The guide to Demerara rums is updated to include a full history of Lemon Hart and its use at The Mai-Kai, plus the story of the 21st century renaissance of 151 rums.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/05/08/rums-of-the-mai-kai-legendary-lemon-hart-returns-to-the-promised-land/#demerara-drinks



Next, the Jamaican rum section is updated to include more background on the style and its history at The Mai-Kai.



Then, I spill the beans that The Mai-Kai has actually replaced Kohala Bay with Appleton Estate Signature Blend after briefly using Reserve Blend. As it turns out, the difference in flavor is negligible in most drinks.



Then, more history including an update showing that Appleton Punch preceded Dagger Punch up until the 1970s. Finally, a few new discoveries, including one Jamaican rum that could easily pass as Kohala Bay’s long-lost brother.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/05/08/rums-of-the-mai-kai-legendary-lemon-hart-returns-to-the-promised-land/#kohala-bay-substitutes

It may be time to book that next trip to Jamaica.

Okole maluna!

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Posted: 2018-06-19 7:30 pm   Permalink

Mahalo to Lemon Hart and everyone who attended The Hukilau! Let's do it again next year!



 
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Posted: 2018-06-24 4:50 pm   Permalink

Along with the updated cocktail menu, The Molokai now has a brand new appetizer menu with greatly expanded options (sushi, salads, desserts, etc.). And the retro design is awesome ...







Here's the online version:
http://maikai.com/menus/menus/appetizers

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-06-24 5:04 pm   Permalink

The new Rum Barrel mug from Tiki Diablo is in pre-order, shipping on Aug. 1. Don't miss out!



https://tikidiablo.bigcartel.com/product/mai-kai-barrel-2018-pre-order-ships-august-1st

And don't forget to check out The Mai-Kai Trading Post for all the official merch ...
https://www.maikaitradingpost.com/


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Posted: 2018-07-01 11:03 pm   Permalink

At The Hukilau finale on Sunday, June 10, we were given the rare opportunity to order the Big Bamboo ...



To the best of my knowledge, this off-menu classic from he 1950s has never been served to a large group. It was available only for those who took my Mai-Kai cocktail class and received their own personal Okole Maluna Society card. Mahalo to everyone who attended!



Swanky also treated the class to an exclusive tour of The Mai-Kai ...



Then, we were honored to have Plantation Rum mastermind Alexandre Gabriel dazzle us with an informative history of Plantation and his love affair with rum ...



Of course, Alexandre had to get a tour of the historic back bar, where he discovered several Barbados rums that caught his fancy ...



Tastings quickly ensued ...



Then it was back to The Molokai for a round of Special Planters Punches with Jason Alexander (of Tacoma Cabana and Devil's Reef fame) ...



This is why I tell people to never skip the Sunday festivities at The Hukilau!

Okole maluna!


 
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Posted: 2018-07-05 11:30 pm   Permalink

A few highlights from "How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai," my sold-out Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy class at The Hukilau 2018 on Friday, June 8 ...



Students received Mai-Kai giveaways including napkins and swizzle sticks along with their class resource guide ...



Plus ingredients to make their own Mai-Kai cocktails ...



My assistants worked hard to get three sample cocktails distributed to the thirsty students ...



Special mahalo to Lucky Munro for a yeoman's job mixing up all of the batches ...



The 40 class members were treated to The Atomic Grog tribute to the S.O.S. ...



A bottle of Kohala Bay was auctioned ...



And a few secrets were revealed ...



Mahalo to all the students ... you rule!



At the end of the class, they got a chance to make their own drinks. Each table presented one to be judged, and the winning table received many prizes, including the recently retired Mai-Kai cocktail menus ...



A bottle of fassionola ...



And the 10th anniversary edition of Sippin' Safari ...



As we adjourned, a round of applause for the announcement of our extra-curricular activities on Sunday at The Mai-Kai including a free tour and exclusive cocktail (see previous post) ...



It was an awesome experience I hope to repeat again soon. Okole maluna!



Check out more photos from the class on Facebook and Flickr:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/atomicgrog/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1851915004874996

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28078283@N05/albums/72157669007690057

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mikehooker
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Posted: 2018-07-06 08:52 am   Permalink

What a treat for those in attendance. So sad I couldn't be there.

 
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Posted: 2018-07-06 11:10 am   Permalink

Looks like a great time! We’ll definitely have to talk about this next week, Jim.
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Mahalo davidphantomatic for immersing himself in The Mai-Kai for four days last week! It was a pleasure to help with the recording of several episodes of the Texas Tiki Podcast!



Carver Will Anders gave us a walk-through of the gardens and in-depth look at many of the tikis he created ...


And manager Kern Mattei also provided some exclusive insights ...


Can't wait to check out the episodes!

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In honor of Shark Week, The Mai-Kai is offering half-priced Shark Bites all night tonight ...



I've updated the review and history of this classic ...



Check it out, along with the tribute recipe at
https://wp.me/p1xHjT-k6

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Owner Dave Levy welcomes David Morrison, senior blender of Appleton Estate, for an exclusive rum tasting on Wednesday ...



I met up with manager Kern Mattei before the tasting ...



Four Appleton rums were sampled: Signautre Blend, Reserve Blend, Rare Blend and 21-Year ...





A Shark Bite (featuring Appleton Estate Rare Blend) is the perfect cocktail paring ...



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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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Lots of updates to report. I'm trying to keep up and stay active on Tiki Central (as promised in my interview with David on the Marooned podcast teased above), but I'm also trying to expand to other platforms and reach as many folks as possible.

Which means The Atomic Grog is no longer in the social media dark ages. We now have an Instagram page:
https://www.instagram.com/theatomicgrog/
I'll be posting the best images there, as well as occasional live photos from events. I tested this out at the Appleton event, where I posted photos during the tasting to Facebook and Instagram, along with a new Twitter page:
https://twitter.com/theatomicgrog
If you're so inclined, please follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

If you're looking for me on Facebook, the best place is the Atomic Grog page:
https://www.facebook.com/atomicgrog/
Please like the page, and also choose to see our posts first in your news feed. On the top of the page, it's an option under the "Following" tab. I choose this option for The Mai-Kai page (https://www.facebook.com/maikairestaurant/) and others that I don't want Facebook to randomly exclude from my news feed.
You're also welcome to join the Friends of The Mai-Kai group, where I'm an admin:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaiKaiFriends/

Of more immediate interest to those following this thread, I've got quite a few updates in the works for the cocktail guide, including a bunch of new recipes, photos and some ratings changes. I didn't mention it above, but all three cocktails featured in the class at The Hukilau were given a refresh:
S.O.S. ... http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/01/29/mai-kai-cocktail-review-patriotism-never-tasted-this-good/
Bora Bora ... http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/08/31/mai-kai-cocktail-review-bora-bora-is-not-for-the-timid/
K.O. Cooler ... http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/07/19/mai-kai-cocktail-review-what-could-be-cooler-than-a-mai-tai-history-lesson/

Also updated: The Big Bamboo, which was featured exclusively for class members on the final day of The Hukilau: http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/06/02/mai-kai-cocktail-review-the-big-bamboo-features-big-flavors-unique-history/

All of the above feature new photos and refreshed content. Next up, I'm posting long-awaited new tribute recipes for all the remaining cocktails that feature the resurrected secret mixes (#7 and #4). First up, the Mutiny ...



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/04/13/mai-kai-cocktail-review-the-mutiny-is-a-worthy-foe-in-the-battle-of-the-tropical-titans/

Besides the new recipes (versions both with and without #7), there are new photos and an expanded history. I posit the theory that the Mutiny was created either for or shortly after the Molokai renovation in 1971 that brought in all the "Mutiny on the Bounty" decor. I lack menus to prove it, but it's not on the 1969 menu and was definitely on there by the mid-'70s.

Coming next, a major new recipe update for The Huiilau ...


Last but not least, I'm feeding the updated tribute recipes to Swanky for inclusion on the Grogalizer. If you're not a member, now's a good time to get up to speed and rate all the drinks. Not only those discussed here, but nearly the entire Beachbum Berry collection, plus many of the Smuggler's Cove drinks from Martin and Rebecca Cate's book.
Log in or sign up now: https://www.grogalizer.com

So far, there are nine tribute recipes in the database, with more to come (note that the Zombie and Mai-Kai Swizzle will be getting updated recipes soon). If you're signed on, you can find all the Atomic Grog drinks by clicking on my name at the top of a recipe, or just go here:
https://www.grogalizer.com/drinks.php?creator=Hurricane%20Hayward

It's great to see the Mutiny tribute crack the Top 10, just below Ray Buhen's Puka Punch ...

To be fair, I need lots more people to chime in with their votes since it's so new to the database.

I'm also working on a recap of the "Mix Like The Mai-Kai" class that will feature some of the tips and info from the event.

Okole maluna!

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