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Updates to The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide on The Atomic Grog
Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-08-17 10:04 pm   Permalink

A Shrunken Skull on National Rum Day ...



 
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Posted: 2018-08-25 1:13 pm   Permalink

New recipe update:



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/04/17/mai-kai-cocktail-review-the-hukilau-is-worthy-of-its-famous-company/

Our review of The Hukilau now includes two new tribute recipes, bringing it up to speed with the Black Magic and Mutiny.



The latest tribute recipe now features Mariano’s Mix #7 as well as the removal of coffee. Also included are lots of mixing notes and tips, including additional info on the juices and rums.

Okole maluna!
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Posted: 2018-08-30 9:15 pm   Permalink

If you want to experience a very special event, you'll make plans to be at The Mai-Kai on Oct. 30.

You heard it here first.

(No, it's not Hulaween. That's confirmed for Oct. 26.)


 
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2018-08-31 09:40 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2018-08-30 21:15, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
If you want to experience a very special event, you'll make plans to be at The Mai-Kai on Oct. 30.

You heard it here first.

(No, it's not Hulaween. That's confirmed for Oct. 26.)



OK, have cleared my schedule. If you are allowed to say, will this be a ticketed event?
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-09-03 9:34 pm   Permalink

I don't have all the details yet, but I believe it will be a free, public event (with a rum sponsor).

Quote:

On 2018-08-30 21:15, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
If you want to experience a very special event, you'll make plans to be at The Mai-Kai on Oct. 30.

You heard it here first.

(No, it's not Hulaween. That's confirmed for Oct. 26.)




 
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2018-09-05 10:51 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2018-09-03 21:34, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
I don't have all the details yet, but I believe it will be a free, public event (with a rum sponsor).

Quote:

On 2018-08-30 21:15, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
If you want to experience a very special event, you'll make plans to be at The Mai-Kai on Oct. 30.

You heard it here first.

(No, it's not Hulaween. That's confirmed for Oct. 26.)






Deeply pleasing. Thx.
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-09-07 12:42 am   Permalink

Here's another hint (actually, it pretty much spills the beans) on the Oct. 30 event ...

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/chairmans-reserve-launches-its-biennial-global-mai-tai-challenge-300705842.html



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Posted: 2018-09-21 12:17 am   Permalink

Here's the full story on The Atomic Grog ...



Bartenders: Here's your chance to compete at The Mai-Kai for a chance win a trip to St. Lucia for the Chairman's Reserve Mai Tai Challenge. Among the guest judges is Tiki cocktail historian Jeff "Beachbum" Berry! The deadline is Monday, so submit your recipe now, and get complete details on The Atomic Grog ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2018/09/20/chairmans-reserve-mai-tai-challenge-bartenders-to-compete-at-the-mai-kai-for-trip-to-st-lucia/


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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-09-21 10:08 pm   Permalink

Join the Fraternal Order of Moai and Lemon Hart & Sons for a flight of Lemon Hart cocktails on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. There will also be several auction prizes. Proceeds will go to the Broward County Humane Society.

UPDATE: All three Lemon Hart rums will be featured in cocktails, one current, one retired and one "lost."
Also: Win Rum Renaissance Festival tickets, plus Tom Fowner artwork!



https://www.facebook.com/events/2183661851891801/

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-10-04 9:11 pm   Permalink

Some photos from the Lemon Hart happy hour at The Mai-Kai, presented by the Fraternal Order of Moai, Gumbo Limbo Chapter ...







Okole maluna!

More photos from the FOM:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/fomgumbo/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2089578471073413

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 23 days ago; 12:27 pm   Permalink

ICYMI: The 14 finalists in the regional competition of the Chairman's Reserve Mai Tai Challenge at The Mai-Kai on Oct. 30 have been announced. Find out who will be competing in Fort Lauderdale to earn a trip to the finals in St. Lucia in 2019!



Florida and New Orleans made a fine showing with five bartenders each, followed by Chicago with two. Atlanta and Washington fill out the coastal-heavy lineup. See who made the cut ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2018/09/20/chairmans-reserve-mai-tai-challenge-bartenders-to-compete-at-the-mai-kai-for-trip-to-st-lucia/

Also, Chairman's Reserve just announced the judges:

Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, author and owner of Latitude 29 in New Orleans
Staci Town, Florida state business manager, Breakthru Beverage
Jim "Hurricane" Hayward, journalist, Tiki lover, and curator of The Atomic Grog
Benjamin Jones, North American managing director of Spiribam

I'm honored to be participating and joining such prestigious company!


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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 23 days ago; 12:49 pm   Permalink

In memoriam: Jack Lewis


Sadly, we recently lost a 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.

Yes, he was the retired bartender making Mariano's mixes #4 and #7 that were added back to the recipes recently. They are in safe hands, however, and will continue to be made in Jack's honor.

Okole maluna to Jack!


 
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In memoriam: Jack Lewis


Sadly, we recently lost a 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.

Yes, he was the retired bartender making Mariano's mixes #4 and #7 that were added back to the recipes recently. They are in safe hands, however, and will continue to be made in Jack's honor.

Okole maluna to Jack!



Very sad, but glad the legend will live on. Would like to learn more about Jack. When did he join the Mai Kai?


 
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It's been a very busy several weeks. Here's all the latest news ...

The Hukilau and The Mai-Kai made a rare appearance outside of South Florida on Wednesday, Oct. 17, when the historic Tiki bar popped up during festivities surrounding the UK RumFest and London Rum Week. The Tiki Takeover was organized by the long-running Tiki cocktail festival in Fort Lauderdale.
https://hukilaulondon.com
http://londonrumweek.com/hukilau-in-london-the-tiki-pop-up/


UK RumFest founder Ian Burrell welcomes The Mai-Kai to London Rum Week.

The Hukilau's London Tiki Takeover event also featured four of the top tropical bars from the United Kingdom and Europe: Trailer Happiness and Laki Kane from London, Liars Club from Manchester, and Dirty Dick from Paris.

The event featured Tiki drinks, rum tastings, bartending demonstrations and more. The party was be the first time that the U.K. public had the opportunity to sample The Mai-Kai's famous cocktails outside of Fort Lauderdale. Key members of the staff were on hand to meet Tiki and rum devotees and "spread aloha."

The Mai-Kai sent a crew of nine across the pond for the 62-year-old Polynesian restaurant's first-ever appearance in London: Dave Levy (owner and general manager), Kulani Gelardi (owner and CFO), John Gelardi (director of catering), Pia Dahlquist (director of sales and marketing), Kern Mattei (manager), Alexandra Gelardi (bartender), Elke Mattei (cashier) Lisa (Molokai bar server), and Rose-Marie (Molokai bar entertainer).


Photos: See The Mai-Kai's gallery on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pg/maikairestaurant/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156778733902640

At the Tiki Takeover, The Mai-Kai served its two most popular drinks, the Barrel O' Rum and Mai Tai, both featuring event sponsor Appleton Rum. Other sponsors included rum brands Diplomatico, Don Q, Plantation, The Real McCoy and Worthy Park, plus Angostura bitters and Real Syrups.

Attendees at five-hour event were treated to sample cocktails from the five guest bars, a traditional Jamaican patty paired with a complimentary Jamaican rum, tastings of rums from at least six distillers, plus optional masterclasses, symposiums, and film screenings.


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Hurricane Hayward
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Bartenders from across the eastern half of the United States faced off on Oct. 30 in the regional finals of the second annual Chairman's Reserve Mai Tai Challenge at The Mai-Kai. The 12 competitors came from four states, from Illinois to Florida, for the chance to move on to the global finals in St. Lucia, the home of Chairman's Reserve Rum.

The judges included Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, Staci Town (Florida state business manager, Breakthru Beverage), Benjamin Jones (North American managing director of Spiribam, which controls the Chairman’s Reserve brand), plus yours truly!

It was an action-packed event with some very creative presentations and delicious cocktails. Here's just a small selection of photos:


Fisherman's Allure by Aiden Dillon from Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago


Miss Congeniality by Lindsay Chapman of Belle Epoque and The Old Absinthe House in New Orleans


Trying Mai Luck by Sophia Alba from Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago


My Death by Michael DeMahy from Death or Glory in Delray Beach, Fla.

Gregory Schutt (Crush XI in Melbourne, Fla., and The Fat Snook in Cocoa Beach) pulled off an upset victory to earn a trip to the finals in St. Lucia in 2019. The Peanut Butter Banana Mai Tai was an outside-the-box creation featuring two Chairman's Reserve rums, lime, peanut butter infused orgeat, banana liqueur and topped with marshmallow fluff. He impressed the judges by using a power drill as a mixer and a blowtorch to brulee the marshmallow fluff. Here's more on his drink:
https://www.floridatoday.com/story/life/style/suzy-leonard/2018/11/01/melbourne-bartender-creates-award-winning-peanut-butter-banana-mai-tai/1844454002/







He was a unanimous winner, but a host of others were close behind. The consensus No. 2 was Aiden Dillon, while Miami's Sam Wiener (Lost Boy Dry Goods / The Bend Liquor Lounge) finished third. I also gave high marks to Jesse Carr from Balise Tavern in New Orleans for his creative coffee and mezcal Mai Tai. I'll be posting a full recap with my take on all the drinks and festivities. In the meantime, the blog contains links to all the various photo galleries and videos ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2018/09/20/chairmans-reserve-mai-tai-challenge-bartenders-to-compete-at-the-mai-kai-for-trip-to-st-lucia/

The contest was held from around 1 to 4:30 p.m. before The Mai-Kai opened for the day and was attended by around 50 or so VIPs and industry guests. The Mai-Kai served complementary Mai Tais representing three iconic versions (Trader Vic, Don the Beachcomber and their own) ...





It was great to have the Bum back in town after a 2 1/2 year absence. He last visited during The Hukilau 2016.


A cool candid shot


Jeff and Mai-Kai owner Dave Levy


The judges hard at work

After the contest, an after-party was held in The Molokai bar featuring a DJ and open to the public. It was there that we first spotted the new Julep-style cup now being used for the 151 Swizzle ...



The next day, I met up with the Bum for a relaxing dinner in the Tahiti Room and a few Zombies for Halloween ...


A big mahalo to The Mai-Kai for hosting the competition, and to all the contestants for their hard work and participation ...








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