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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii “Can’t Miss” Cocktails (November 2015)
At Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii, every cocktail tells a story
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As today’s luxury travelers search for new and genuine vacation experiences, they also are seeking authenticity and meaning in their dining and beverage selections. Nowhere is this more evident than during the cocktail hour. Indeed, the carefully crafted cocktail is enjoying a well-deserved renaissance, particularly at the 11 Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii. 

Starwood’s bartender specialists, wine connoisseurs and mixologists draw from local culture and fresh island ingredients to infuse timeless elements and refreshing twists on old favorites, creating some “neo-classics” in the process.

It is the ultimate “cocktail crawl,” as this special selection from Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii presents ways to sip and savor the rich flavors of world-famous Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, coconut, mango, passion fruit and more, all grown in Hawaii's lava-rich soil and prepared in an artisanal manner, packed with flavor and culinary history. 

Highlighting a local story or featuring locally sourced ingredients, these cool signature cocktails are captivating extensions of Island lore.  The carefully crafted libations draw on the rich history of the Hawaiian Islands and can satisfy the sophisticate’s desire for a “a more meaningful Mai Tai.”

Enjoy these recipes and their delightful origins.  As the locals say, “okole maluna” (bottoms up).

Featuring: The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort - Royal Mai Tai

Mai Tai

The original Mai Tai cocktail was created by “Trader Vic” Bergeron in 1944 and brought to Hawaii in 1953, where it was first served at The Royal Hawaiian hotel.  Many have tried to improve on this recipe, which stands as the most revered and enjoyed of all Hawaii cocktails. 

Today, it is the signature cocktail at The Royal Hawaiian’s oceanfront Mai Tai Bar, which is known for vibrant tropical music and live local entertainment. The ideal setting to enjoy the Waikiki scene, the legendary Mai Tai Bar sets the stage for world-class romance and elegant relaxation. Just steps away from Waikiki Beach, it provides the perfect atmosphere to sip exotic handcrafted cocktails while soaking in breathtaking views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean.

Recipe:

Build in shaker with ice:
1 oz. Bacardi Rum
1 tsp. Cherry Vanilla Puree
½ oz. Amaretto di Saronno
½ oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Fresh Govinda Orange Juice
2 oz. Fresh Govinda Pineapple Juice
½ oz. Whaler’s Dark Rum Float

Roll the shaker, pour in a large “bucket” glass. Float with Whaler’s Dark Rum, garnish with a parasol with cherry, pineapple and lime wedge.