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Updates to The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide on The Atomic Grog
Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2015-05-25 11:29 pm   Permalink

Sorry, forgot to mention the updated Molokai Swizzle tribute recipe:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/02/19/bam-its-tiki-time-at-the-south-beach-wine-food-festival/#molokai-siwzzle

I got a peek at the real recipe, and adjusted accordingly. It's less sweet, and a little heavier on the Pernod. By all accounts, it was the favorite of Saturday's event. I might be able to share one of the others, but first ...


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Posted: 2015-05-25 11:54 pm   Permalink



In honor and appreciation of the new Tiki barware from Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Cocktail Kingdom, several reviews and recipes have been updated:



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/09/21/mai-kai-cocktail-review-legacy-of-this-classic-drink-runs-deep/

The Deep Sea Diver review is updated with info on the new glassware, plus this interesting info that surfaced over on another TC thread:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=24558&forum=10&start=15

The Deep Sea Diver featured the classic glass from its opening in 1956 until around 20 years ago, when it became unavailable. Also disappearing was the distinctive garnish, a heart-shaped galax leaf with the straw running through it. (The leaves, which are native to the Southeast United States, are mostly commonly used in bridal bouquets.) With the new Pearl Diver glasses hitting the market, manager Kern Mattei says The Mai-Kai is exploring the possibility of returning this classic drink to its original status.



As promised, the 151 Swizzle tribute recipe v.4 is now available:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/08/03/mai-kai-cocktail-review-robust-flavors-and-potency-are-hallmark-of-151-swizzle/

I've also re-written a good deal of the narrative, updating to include not only the new Swizzle Cup but also the incorporation of the new Hamilton 151 rum from Guyana, plus the evolution of the tribute recipes. The new recipe brings back the Pernod and cinnamon syrup, resulting in the most complex but arguably most accurate to date. (Don't worry, the previous three versions are still included.)

Here's my coverage of the new Cocktail Kingdom products:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/05/23/the-week-in-tiki-may-18-25-2015-new-beachbum-berry-barware-the-hukilau-2015-merchandise-now-on-sale/

FYI, a spokesman for Cocktail Kingdom told me that plans are in the works for more items produced in collaboration with the Bum over the course of the year.

Okole maluna!


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Posted: 30 days ago; 10:43 am   Permalink

I always thought the Special Planters Punch contained 80-proof Demerara rum, but it recently came to my attention that it now features Hamilton 151 rum. Check out the updated recipe ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/09/15/mai-kai-cocktail-review-special-planters-punch-is-tropical-drink-history-in-a-glass/#tribute



I'm sure we'll learn more about this historic drink at the new symposium by Beachbum Berry and Brian Miller, "Brigands, Barons & Beachcombers: The Many Faces of Planter's Punch," at The Hukilau on June 13. Get your tickets while they're still available: http://www.thehukilau.com

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Sunny&Rummy
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Posted: 30 days ago; 12:44 pm   Permalink

Now I know what my first drink in the Molokai next Wednesday is going to be!

 
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Posted: 30 days ago; 2:06 pm   Permalink

Nice to see Sunny&Rummy back being his ol'demanding self

 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 28 days ago; 09:47 am   Permalink

Jim, last night made tribute to the Mai Kai Zumbie, really liked this version very tasty, specially like the fact that there is 1/2 ounce of 151 rum makes it easier to have more than one.

 
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jokeiii
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Posted: 18 days ago; 09:06 am   Permalink

Incidentally, the Real McCoy Swizzle -- which was the complimentary cocktail at their popup bar at The Hukilau this year -- when given TLC in the form of an extra float of The Real McCoy 12 Year Old is kind of a revelation. For me, it had just the right balance of spice and alcohol heat, and wasn't as sweet as I feared.

Just one man's opinion.

So, if the mood overtakes you to deconstruct the recipe...I would not complain.

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 14 days ago; 10:58 pm   Permalink

Mahalo jokeiii.

I missed the pop-up, and I've tasted The Real McCoy Swizzle just once, so it sounds like I need to do some further research.

It's an excellent rum, as we found out on Saturday when Brian Miller used it in a sample drink during his symposium with Beachbum Berry, "Brigands, Barons & Beachcombers: The Many Faces of Planter's Punch." If you're interested, I just posted that recipe over on The Hukilau official thread:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=48905&forum=4&start=30



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Posted: 13 days ago; 12:05 am   Permalink

The hurricane that we call The Hukilau blew through town last week, and some of us are still assessing the damage. I fell behind updating this thread, but as usual there's lots of news to report:

Just in time for The Hukilau hordes, I finally updated the Lemon Hart and Hamilton rum saga, complete with a full list of the current cocktails and great detail on the recent history of Demerara/Guyana rums at The Mai-Kai ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/05/08/rums-of-the-mai-kai-legendary-lemon-hart-returns-to-the-promised-land/


Don't ask for tableside bottle service. This was a special photo op.

Many of the recipes still need to be updated, but for now simply use Hamilton (151 and 86 proof) instead of Lemon Hart in all the existing recipes if you're looking to duplicate the current drinks. If you're one of those folks with a rum cellar full of Lemon Hart, feel free to continue using the classic Demerara rum.

Note: I'll be posting here soon when recipes are updated, starting with a brand new tribute recipe for a drink that took a long time to crack.

NOTES FROM THE HUKILAU ...

As usual, The Hukilau brought VIPs from around the world to The Mai-Kai, but this year was extra special with the one-of-a-kind event held Thursday, June 11, in the 17th floor revolving Pier Top Ballroom at Pier 66. The Tiki Tower Takeover featured four of the country's most acclaimed tropical drink experts and barmen: Jeff "Beachbum" Berry (author and owner of Latitude 29, New Orleans), Martin Cate (owner of Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco), Paul McGee (creator of Lost Lake, formerly with Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago), and Brian Miller (host of Tiki Mondays With Miller, New York City). For a full photo recap of this event, go here:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/06/12/the-hukilau-photo-highlights-thursdays-tiki-tower-takeover-and-kick-off-party/

When I arrived at The Mai-Kai on Wednesday for the Pre-Party, I found the entire Tiki Tower Takeover crew staging an apparent Molokai lounge takeover:

From left: Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Shelby Allison, Paul McGee, Martin Cate, Rebecca Cate, Brian Miller.

It was also cool to run into The Cooking Channel’s Jim Stacy, whose "Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy" show featured The Mai-Kai last year. Turns out Jim is a huge Tiki and Mai-Kai fan, and he was a constant presence at events throughout the weekend. I snapped this shot of him in The Molokai with King Kukulele:

Here's a link to a clip from his show on The Mai-Kai, which aired last year: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/shows/offbeat-eats-with-jim-stacy/offbeat-eats-videos.html?channel=/content/cook/shows/o/offbeat-eats-with-jim-stacy/extra-bites--web-only-videos

Also on tap Wednesday (and all weekend) at The Mai-Kai was a cocktail created specially for The Hukilau by general manager Kern Mattei:


I'll be sharing the recipe as next week's Cocktail of the Week in The Week in Tiki on The Atomic Grog. It's a simple yet flavor-packed combination of the distinctive Rhum Barbancourt with lime, grapefruit, cinnamon and coffee.

On Thursday, the Tiki Tower Takeover lived up to all expectations. If you want to get a little bit of the flavor of the event, check out this video:
http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/video/the-hukilau-founder-christie-white-gives-some-background-on-the-event-42135057

The opportunity to enjoy signature, full-sized, fully-garnished cocktails personally made by these acclaimed barmen all at one event was a unique opportunity. And it didn't hurt that three of the four had just been nomiated for Spirited Awards by Tales of the Cocktail: Smuggler’s Cove (Best American Cocktail Bar) and both Latitude 29 and Lost Lake (Best New American Cocktail Bar). Just don't ask me to pick a favorite. They were all outstanding in their own way. The rummy (4 rums!) Formidable Dragon from Martin Cate, the mysterious and exotic T.O.T.C. Swizzle from Beachbum Berry, the complex yet perfectly balanced Lost Lake from Paul McGee, and the creative yet accessible Pandanarama Daiquiri from Brian Miller.

By the the end of the two-hour happy hour, Jimi Gonzalez of the Straw Hat Barmen and I were all smiles:


I wish I had followed the crew over to The Mai-Kai afterward, because I missed perhaps the best Tiki or Mai-Kai photo in recent memory. Joined by Adam Kolesar of Orgeat Works (right), the group convened in The Molokai bar to stage a classic that was captured by a passing Pablus ...

The Tiki Last Supper


Still to come: Saturday's Main Event and Sunday's Finale: A Mai-Kai marathon

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 13 days ago; 12:07 pm   Permalink

Backing up just a bit, I forgot to mention the pre-Hukilau "Week in Tiki" blog that fittingly named The Molokai as Tiki Bar of the Week ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/06/09/the-week-in-tiki-june-1-14-2015-the-hukilau-2015-latest-news-and-updates/#bar

I go into some detail on the bar itself, and what differentiates it from the rest of The Mai-Kai. From the not-to-be-missed daily happy hour to the Molokai Girls to the incredible decor, there are many reasons that The Molokai can stand on its own as one of the world's great Tiki bars.

Also worth noting: During my Friday visit to the Tiki Treasures Bazaar at The Hukilau, I got a chance to meet the fine folks from Cocktail Kingdom: Ethan Bailey (left), owner Greg Boehm and Ethan Kahn (not pictured).


When I spoke them, they were eager to meet Beachbum Berry at The Mai-Kai and discuss putting the Pearl Diver glass back in service. The Bum had told me earlier that bringing back the glass to The Mai-Kai was one of his motivations for creating it. Of course, you can also find the glass at Latitude 29 holding the The Pontchartrain Pearl Diver: http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Latitude-29-Pontchartrain-Pearl-Diver-Wayne-Curtis.jpg

Also in the Bazaar, I ran into Tiki Diablo, creator of the 2015 official mug for The Hukilau. He had another special mug on hand that may be of interest here. He created new mugs using the same basic mold that yielded the outstanding Barney West moai mugs for Mike and Chelsea's wedding, detailed in depth here: http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=49149&forum=1
The new batch of mugs got a slightly different finish, giving a different look to the historic Tiki that still stands in front of The Mai-Kai:

I'm not sure if any are left, but you can contact Danny to find out:
http://tikidiablo.com or https://www.facebook.com/ElTikiDiablo

I also named Barney West the Artist of the Week and included info on his work for The Mai-Kai in the 1960s, some of which can still be enjoyed while walking the grounds:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/06/09/the-week-in-tiki-june-1-14-2015-the-hukilau-2015-latest-news-and-updates/#artist


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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 10 days ago; 01:52 am   Permalink

Picking up The Hukilau recap on Saturday: We caught the sold-out symposium "Brigands, Barons & Beachcombers: The Many Faces of Planter’s Punch," hosted by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Brian Miller in the Panorama Ballroom at Pier 66 ...



If you've never been to a Beachbum Berry symposium, you're really missing something. Not only was this 90-minute-plus presentation chock full of information (much of it pulled from "Potions of the Caribbean" but also lots of additional insights), it was entertaining, funny and (thanks to Miller) even more packed full of of recipes and demos. Our first drink was Father Labat's Punch, Miller's reinterpretation of Beachbum Berry's tribute to the 17th century "fightin' friar" that appeared in "Potions." I posted Miller's recipe over on The Hukilau thread:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=48905&forum=4&start=30


Up next was the traditional Planter's Punch "improved" recipe from "Potions" (featuring sponsor Rhum Barbancourt). Berry also gave a shout-out to The Mai-Kai's Special Planters Punch and its newly discovered use of 151 Demerara rum. Next up was Don the Beachcomber's Colonial Grog (circa 1944), also from "Potions", which has a more direct link to The Mai-Kai. If you've been following this thread or The Atomic Grog blog, you'll know that you can still enjoy a later version of this drink at The Mai-Kai, created by former Don the Beachcomber bartender Mariano Licudine. Check out the Samoan Grog review, including ancestor and tribute recipes here:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/03/22/mai-kai-cocktail-review-the-delicious-samoan-grog-wasnt-born-to-be-mild/
Berry gave another nod to The Mai-Kai by using the distinctive and hard-to-find dark Jamaican rum, Kohala Bay:


Another Miller drink (Opaka Raka from "Beachbum Berry Remixed") was featured as the symposium wound down and got us warmed up for the night's festivities at The Mai-Kai. Note that Miller pointed out an error in the recipe published in Remixed. The recipe actually calls for Don's Mix, not Don's Spices #2. You can find the correct recipe here: http://www.kindredcocktails.com/cocktail/opaka-raka

Check out more photos from the symposium plus all The Mai-Kai shenanigans here:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/06/22/the-hukilau-photo-highlights-saturdays-cocktail-symposium-tiki-treasures-bazaar-mermaid-swimshow-main-event-at-the-mai-kai-sundays-finale/

With the symposium fresh in my mind, I enjoyed a Special Planters Punch during happy hour and a Samoan Grog with dinner. Walking thorough The Molokai bar later in the evening, I was thrilled to see Beachbum Berry's Pearl Diver glass already being served to guests with the Deep Sea Diver. Cocktail Kingdom and The Mai-Kai had obviously quickly reached a deal and returned a classic drink to its vintage vessel ...


On Sunday, with Beachbum Berry and a large group gathered in the back of The Molokai, a huge round of Deep Sea Divers was ordered, leading to the obligatory photo ops:





As the Bum exclaimed: "I can die happy now."

Now, all we need is the return of the galax leaf garnish. In the meantime, check out the updated Deep Sea Diver story and enjoy the ancestor and tribute recipes:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/09/21/mai-kai-cocktail-review-legacy-of-this-classic-drink-runs-deep/

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Hurricane Hayward
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Now up on the blog ...

1862 Rhum Punch review and recipe.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/06/30/the-week-in-tiki-june-15-28-2015-summer-events-in-full-swing-with-the-hukilau-ohana-luau-at-the-lake-more/#cocktail

This was the special cocktail created by Kern Mattei of The Mai-Kai for The Hukilau and sponsor Rhum Barbancourt. It was served in The Molokai bar throughout the event.

Featuring lime juice, cinnamon syrup, simple syrup, Kahlua, grapefruit juice and Rhum Barbancourt 5 Star. It’s very much a Mai-Kai style cocktail with powerful flavors in perfect harmony. It also doesn’t suffer as the ice dilutes (a key attribute of many Mai-Kai drinks), instead evolving with a definite beginning, middle and end.


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