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Updates to The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide on The Atomic Grog
Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-10-01 8:29 pm   Permalink

Fresh-squeezed white grapefruit juice is back ...



Yeoman's Grog, sampled tonight during Luau by the Sea festivities in The Molokai bar.
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Posted: 2016-10-12 10:43 pm   Permalink

More bad news on the future of Florida's citrus industry ...

Florida orange crop forecast at 70 million boxes, lowest in decades

Florida’s signature crop, the orange, continues to be battered by greening disease, and the federal government’s first forecast of the 2016-17 is a bleak one. It’s shaping up to be worse than last season’s when the crop reached a 52-year low.

The state’s commercial orange crop will be an estimated 70 million boxes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. That’s a drop of more than 11 million boxes from last season’s 81.6 million boxes, which was 70 percent lower than 20 years ago.

Over the last decade, Florida’s commercial groves have been crippled by greening, a bacterial disease. Spread by the Asian citrus psyllid, it attacks a tree’s vascular system and can kill it within two years.

Full story:
http://protectingyourpocket.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/10/12/florida-orange-crop-forecast-at-70-million-boxes-lowest-in-decades/

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Posted: 2016-10-13 8:39 pm   Permalink

I know new rootstocks which do better under than current ones when infected with HLB are in stages of testing. Positive results from certain trifolate-sour mandarin crosses look promising.

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-10-19 4:17 pm   Permalink

Two pretty big updates to "lost cocktail" reviews ...

DEMERARA COCKTAIL
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/01/08/mai-kai-cocktail-review-the-demerara-cocktail-is-a-throwback-to-another-era/

I found an old menu description from the 1980s ...


And posted a photo from (I believe) the last time I enjoyed the cocktail along with lots of background notes, including the discovery of the authentic recipe in an old Lemon Hart cocktail recipe book.



I also made note that you can find Mariano Licudine's official recipe on the menu at Undertow, the new Tiki bar that opened in Phoenix this summer.

DEMERARA FLOAT
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/09/07/lost-cocktails-of-the-mai-kai-the-classic-demerara-float-rises-again/



This update is even more robust, including a newly discovered authentic recipe from "Mr. Lemon Hart's Tropcial Treats" (1973; see photo above). Also added are photos from Swanky's book-signing events in September, where the cocktail was featured ...



You also may notice that I raised my rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars (and dropped Big Bamboo down to 4). This was a result of much imbibing of both during the book-release parties and the realization that this is a superior drink. Very much worthy of the top of the lost cocktail ratings.

Also added were lots of tasting and mixing notes for all three recipes, plus a mahalo to Hidden Harbor in Pittsburgh for featuring the Demerara Float on their Tiki Time Machine menu last night ...




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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-10-27 10:29 pm   Permalink

Long overdue, it's the latest version of the Zombie tribute recipe ...



Featuring a fully updated back-story and new photos ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/11/01/mai-kai-cocktail-review-the-theory-of-evolution-of-the-zombie/

Not a major changed to the recipe. Don's Mix has been removed and grapefruit juice added. But as hinted at in the notes, there may be a new secret revealed soon.

At Hulaween tomorrow night, I hope to sample The Mai-Kai's newest creation, a drink created for a movie making its East Coast premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival next month. The Chief Zabu cocktail, named for the title of the film, includes lime juice, club soda, passion fruit, honey, orange juice and three different rums. New Times did a full article on the movie and the drink:
http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/mai-kai-creates-cocktail-in-honor-of-film-chief-zabu-an-ode-to-donald-trump-8177714

Also worth mentioning: We have a new Facebook group called Friends of The Mai-Kai, where we'll be sharing photos, stories and keeping up with all the news:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaiKaiFriends/



If you're on Facebook, please join us!

Okole maluna!


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mikehooker
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Posted: 2016-10-28 1:58 pm   Permalink

For a while now we've been led to believe that all Mai Kai cocktails were mixed in a top down blender a la Don the Beachcomber, or in some cases an actual blender - but certainly never shaken.

While browsing the calendar section of Swanky's site I came across this photo....



What is he holding there on the left?!

I'm outraged.

Need explanation...


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-10-30 10:37 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-10-28 13:58, mikehooker wrote:
What is he holding there on the left?!

I'm outraged.

Need explanation...



Photo shoot prop? It would look pretty clumsy for him to stand there holding a mixer :>)

That's my initial guess. It's also possible those are just two mixer tins stuck together, again for the purposes of the photo.



 
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Posted: 2016-10-30 10:56 pm   Permalink

With another Hulaween in the books, here are some highlights:

Some wiseguy got the idea to dress up like Don the Beachcomber ...



... and order Don's Special Daiquiri (Special Reserve Daiquiri) and Pearl Diver (Deep Sea Diver).

He then ordered a round of 151 Swizzles ...



But Hannibal Lecter horned in on the action ...



I decided it might be a good idea to stay clear of an inebriated Dr. Lecter, so I sought out the new Chief Zabu cocktail ...



Wowza, this is a very rum-forward, boozy drink that fans of 151 Demerara rum will enjoy. It has at least 3 ounces of rum, probably Lemon Hart 151, plus a dark and gold rum. I may need a few more tastes, but I hope to post a recipe at some point. I'm hoping they continue serving it at least through the film festival in November. (See link above for details)

From there, the evening became a blur. I seem to recall a giant bottle of Rum and a Mai Tai walking around carrying a bottle of Appleton 12, but it may all be a hallucination ...



For a full recap and photos, check out the blog ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/10/30/photos-a-hauntingly-good-time-at-historic-mai-kais-8th-annual-hulaween-party/
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Posted: 2016-11-06 4:34 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-09-27 13:52, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
As suggested by mikehooker, I put another potential Kohala Bay substitute to the test recently, both neat and in the Big Bamboo ...



While a 50/50 mix of Smith & Cross and Appleton Reserve doesn't replace our long-running No. 1 choice, it comes in a close second and is worth a try. Here's the full list of recommended substitutes ...

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


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PRETTY COOL. I've defaulted to 50/50 mixes of Appleton and Smith And Cross. I find Appleton too weak, and Smith and Cross too bold. Mixing them puts me in the sweet spot for Mai Tais and many other drinks


 
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Posted: 2016-11-09 8:24 pm   Permalink



Newly updated: The Shrunken Skull tribute recipe, no longer featuring cinnamon syrup. Plus, some new ingredient recommendations ...



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/08/10/mai-kai-cocktail-review-drink-like-a-native-with-the-shrunken-skull/#tribute

Also added: Lots of ingredient and mixing notes, plus confirmation that the vintage recipe included in "Mr. Lemon Hart’s Tropical Treats" is indeed an original Mai-Kai recipe. Beachbum Berry also confirms that book as his source for the Grog Log recipe, and teases us with a recipe from his upcoming 10th anniversary edition of Sippin' Safari ...



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/08/10/mai-kai-cocktail-review-drink-like-a-native-with-the-shrunken-skull/#ancestor

Also included: A bonus recipe from Hale Pele based on our first version of the Shrunken Skull tribute. Here's the full story:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/08/10/mai-kai-cocktail-review-drink-like-a-native-with-the-shrunken-skull/
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Posted: 2016-11-14 6:53 pm   Permalink

Our next update is the result of some recent research that led to a new tribute recipe for the mysterious Zula #2 ...



... along with an update of the tribute recipe for Zula #1:



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/03/05/mai-kai-cocktail-review-double-your-pleasure-with-the-exotic-and-delicious-zula/#tribute

Included is a little background on how The Mai-Kai's managing owner, Dave Levy, continues the tradition of his stepfather (Bob Thornton) and founding mixologist Mariano Licudine in continually fine-tuning the cocktails but also keeping them reverential to the Don the Beachcomber classics. More on this in upcoming deep dives.

New info was added on recent sightings of the ancestor recipe, Penang Afrididi, from cocktail and Tiki blogs to Hale Pele in Portland and Lost Lake in Chicago:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/03/05/mai-kai-cocktail-review-double-your-pleasure-with-the-exotic-and-delicious-zula/#ancestor


From the 1979 cocktail menu.

Some research into The Mai-Kai's cocktail menus shows that Zula #2 disappeared some time in the late '80s or early '90s, but luckily you can still order it today ...



Okole maluna!


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Posted: 2016-11-15 7:56 pm   Permalink

What do you think about the K.Bay replacement? Appleton Reserve seems so bland in comparison. How does Hamilton's Black Jamaican compare?

 
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Posted: 2016-11-16 5:08 pm   Permalink

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What do you think about the K.Bay replacement? Appleton Reserve seems so bland in comparison. How does Hamilton's Black Jamaican compare?



lll888, I wouldn't go so far as to call Appleton Reserve "bland," but it certainly lacks the funk and aggressive nature of Kohala Bay. I've reviewed all the drinks extensively and rated the impact of the loss of Kohala Bay on this blog post ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/05/08/rums-of-the-mai-kai-legendary-lemon-hart-returns-to-the-promised-land/#dagger

It breaks down to four drinks that really miss it, three where it doesn't really make a difference, and five that taste different but probably don't suffer. There's also an extensive list of suggested substitutes, which could be updated again soon ...
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

The three top replacements I've found are blends of at least two other rums. The only rums that come close on their own are Coruba and Denizen. Hamilton's dark Jamaican rum is extremely hard to find in South Florida, so I haven't experimented with it yet (though I had the opportunity to taste it). I would mix it with a milder rum, perhaps Appleton Reserve, to take some of the extremely high funk down a few notches. But it's definitely worth trying.




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Posted: 2016-11-16 7:41 pm   Permalink

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There's also an extensive list of suggested substitutes, which could be updated again soon ...
[/quote]

Updated how????????????

I am currently using the El 12/S&C blend pretty regularly (Except where too strong and then Myers) in many of my drinks.


 
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