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Updates to The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide on The Atomic Grog
Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-03-07 11:04 pm   Permalink

Tickets to my Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy course at The Hukilau 2018 are almost sold out, so sign up now if you're interested. We've got some really cool stuff planned!
https://thehukilau.com/cocktail-workshops/mix-like-mai-kai/



https://thehukilau.com/attend/2018-buy-passes-special-tickets/

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Posted: 2018-03-11 11:45 am   Permalink

Finally got to make Black Magic after all this time. Hands down one of the best rum drinks I have ever made. I used the updated version 2.5. I used Coruba, Smith & Cross and El Dorado 12. I subbed tangerine juice for orange, I have a tangerine tree full of fruit. I have been making this cocktail several times since last week, its just delicious.












 
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Posted: 2018-03-12 10:09 pm   Permalink

Mahalo hiltiki! Looks great. You can't go wrong with any version the Black Magic.

More mahalos to fellow blogger and Tiki cocktail nerd Joe Garcia, who created his own tribute to The Hukilau tribute ...
http://thejokeblog.blogspot.com/2017/09/trying-something-out-here.html

It got some notice over on Doug Winship's The Pegu Blog during the 10th annual Tiki Month:
http://www.killingtime.com/Pegu/2018/02/27/sideblog-tiki-month-shenanigans-joe-garcia/

Doug also delveed into such esoteric Tiki topics as "So What’s Up With Fassionola?" ...
http://www.killingtime.com/Pegu/2018/02/27/so-whats-up-with-fassionola/

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Posted: 2018-03-14 1:37 pm   Permalink

A previously undiscovered Don the Beachcomber cocktail from Beachbum Berry's new Sippin' Safari, culled from Mariano Licudine's notebook dated 1944 when he was working at Donn's Chicago location ...





The Martinique Swizzle never made it onto the menu at The Mai-Kai, but it's a classic nonetheless.

More on Sippin' Safari here:
http://beachbumberry.com/publication-sippin-safari.html

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Posted: 2018-04-04 3:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-03-16 21:55, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
First up, I'm posting some of the more simple recipes that were easy to adjust. The 1/8 ounce of cinnamon syrup that I had slipped into the Shark Bite was easy to replace with extra simple syrup. This one was my own doing. I had never seen a Shark's Tooth recipe with cinnamon. It just was such a great drink, and the tiny bit of extra spice worked so well in the tribute that I just went with it, to a small amount of fanfare.

Here's the updated recipe with more notes on the cinnamon saga:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/08/17/mai-kai-cocktail-review-what-makes-the-shark-bite-so-jawesome/#tribute





Interesting stuff. We've studied your two tribute recipes on this one, and want to get your input on how we can possibly reverse engineer the Mai-Kai's version.

The Shark Bite has always been one of our favorite Mai-Kai cocktails, up there with the Jet Pilot. We love Appleton Rum, too, so it's an easy cocktail to love. And then we get home and try to recreate it, and have never really hit it spot on. The old Shark's Tooth recipes all had pineapple juice, so we've never experimented with taking it out for something else. Jeff Berry told us that he thought the Mai-Kai's Shark Bite was a kind of cross between the recipe in the Grog Log and the Shark Bite as given in Sippin' Safari. But that second reference never gave us anything much to work on -- the maraschino cherry juice, as given in the Grog Log, does seem like it could be essential to the recipe. The [u=http://maikai.com/experience/extras/recipes]Mai-Kai recipe page[/u] has mentioned the Shark Bite for years, but doesn't give the recipe. Was this a Licudine creation?


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-04-06 10:00 pm   Permalink

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/

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Posted: 2018-04-06 10:08 pm   Permalink

I'm humbled and honored to have the first Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy class to sell out at The Hukilau 2018 in June. It will definitely be an event to remember. To those who missed out, I promise more in the future, along with extensive updates here and on the blog.

Mahalo! Don't forget all the other great classes and events still on sale at
https://thehukilau.com/cocktail-workshops/



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Posted: 2018-04-26 6:28 pm   Permalink

New snifter glasses for the Black Magic, Mutiny and The Hukilau made their debut tonight. Much more sturdy and heavy, same delicious cocktails ...


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Posted: 2018-05-12 9:59 pm   Permalink

Just stumbled across fresh-squeezed white grapefruit juice today at The Fresh Market. I've never seen this before, though I admit this is not a store I frequent regularly. Zero preservatives, 100% juice, very similar to what you'll taste at The Mai-Kai. I put it to the test in the Rum Barrel, and it passed with flying colors.





Added to the earlier post with our complete guide to The Mai-Kai's juices:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=47293&forum=10&start=180

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Posted: 2018-05-13 12:38 am   Permalink

Game changer. Too bad no stores in Texas. I squeezed and freezed an insane amount of white grapefruit juice this past December. The other day thawed a few cubes and made some Navy Grogs. Something was “off.” The drinks didn’t have their typically perfect balance and the juice on its own had definitely lost its brightness and tasted flat and dull. I don’t recall in previous years such a degree of degradation but perhaps I always used it up by this time of year.

 
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Posted: 2018-05-13 09:51 am   Permalink

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Game changer. Too bad no stores in Texas. I squeezed and freezed an insane amount of white grapefruit juice this past December. The other day thawed a few cubes and made some Navy Grogs. Something was “off.” The drinks didn’t have their typically perfect balance and the juice on its own had definitely lost its brightness and tasted flat and dull. I don’t recall in previous years such a degree of degradation but perhaps I always used it up by this time of year.



It's unclear where the juice comes from. But it's so fresh, it's gotta be Florida.

I continue to check every "fresh market" since new ones continue to pop up across Florida. I'd keep an eye out in your area too. The newest for us Lucky's Market. We have one nearby that squeezes fresh OJ every day, but no grapefruit.



 
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Posted: 2018-05-13 10:13 am   Permalink

Jim,

Are there any "Palacio de los Jugos" by you in Broward? If not, it may be worth the hike down.
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Posted: 2018-05-13 5:40 pm   Permalink

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Jim,

Are there any "Palacio de los Jugos" by you in Broward? If not, it may be worth the hike down.




I don't think so. Just in Miami, as far as I know. Now that I've found white grapefruit, I think I'm set.

One more note on that: I notice that the label shows a red grapefruit. I'm assuming that the juice is seasonal (same as The Mai-Kai's supplier), so white just happens to be in season right now. It could switch to red at any point.

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Posted: 2018-05-14 7:02 pm   Permalink

Meanwhile, the latest citrus crop forecast for Florida from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows the problems caused by Hurricane Irma continue to affect the state’s citrus industry.

Here's the latest news ...
http://thecapitolist.com/the-lastest-usda-forecast-shows-another-decrease-in-the-states-citrus-crop-due-to-irma/
https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/05/11/florida-had-a-terrible-citrus-season-and-now-its-ending-earlier-than-expected
http://spacecoastdaily.com/2018/05/usda-report-florida-citrus-production-down-more-than-80-percent-since-1998/
https://www.floridacitrus.org/newsroom/news/usda-florida-orange-and-grapefruit-production-dip-slightly/


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Posted: 2018-05-18 12:54 pm   Permalink

Exclusive: The new cocktail menu made its debut last night in The Molokai ...



The front and back covers are now blue (instead of yellow). The centerspread featuring the classic tropical drinks remains the same color, and the entire menu has a matte finish (instead of the old laminated, shiny menu).



The rum and wine lists are updated. And there's one major addition on the list of 47 tropical classics: An old-school standard based on a secret Mariano Licudine recipe that was never on the standard menu before ...



The Suffering Bastard has been featured on several "lost cocktail" menus, most recently during the 61st anniversary party in December. It replaces the Tiki Swizzle, a more recent creation that was added during the last menu update in 2014 ...



I'll be updating the Suffering Bastard tribute recipe to reflect some recent changes, so stay tuned.

There's one other menu change if you look hard enough. The Mai-Kai Cappuccino has returned from the dessert menu, replacing the Wahine Delight. Both remain on the dining room dessert menu ...



Also, note that all of the cocktails that feature signature mugs (Mara Amu, Shrunken Skull, Kona Coffee Grog, Tahitian Coffee, Hot Buttered Rum and Mystery Drink) can be purchased with or without the mug. You can still buy the mugs separately in The Mai-Kai Trading Post, both in person and online:
https://www.maikaitradingpost.com/collections/all/mai-kai-signature-mugs

Okole maluna!

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