Category Archives: Cocktail reviews

The Hukilau 2016, Day 1 photo recap: Pre-Party at The Mai-Kai, The Wreck Bar mermaid show

Highlights and photos from the 15th annual The Hukilau Polynesian Pop weekender in Fort Lauderdale. The opening day included the Smuggler’s Cove book signing and kick-off party at The Mai-Kai, plus the first of three exclusive swimshows from Marina the … Continue reading

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UPDATE: RumXP Awards announced at eighth annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

Updated May 9 A full recap of the eighth annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is coming soon. In the meantime, here are the winners of the annual RumXP Awards announced on Friday, April 15. Also check out our photo gallery … Continue reading

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The Week in Tiki (June 15-28, 2015): Summer events in full swing with The Hukilau, Ohana: Luau At The Lake, more

The year’s two major East Coast events, The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale and Ohana: Luau At The Lake in upstate New York, dominate June’s news. We also have an update on the ill-fated Rapa Nui Reef in Deerfield Beach, plus … Continue reading

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Three ‘secret cocktails’ drop in for a night of flights at The Mai-Kai

In the heyday of Tiki in the 1950s and ’60s, having one of the most extensive and iconic tropical drink menus was not enough. At The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, where the list of classic exotic cocktails runs to nearly … Continue reading

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Lost Cocktails of The Mai-Kai: Take a journey to the exotic Island of Martinique

This is the final review of the drinks that appeared on original 1956-57 era menus but were later retired. See below: Ancestor recipe | Review Related: Mai-Kai cocktail guide | More “lost cocktails” Of all the cocktails that disappeared from … Continue reading

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Tales of the Cocktail’s signature drink packs a wallop, but can it tame a Hurricane inspired by The Mai-Kai?

Nobody can accuse the organizers of Tales of the Cocktail, arguably the world’s premiere festival for bartenders and spirits professionals, of being elitist snobs. The “official cocktail” of 12th annual festival, expected to attract more than 20,000 people to New … Continue reading

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Cocktails reach new heights of creativity at Miami Rum Festival

Fueled by the first Miami Cocktail Week, mixologists upped their game at the 2014 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival in April, presenting new and classic drinks with a modern flair. From the full week of events hosted by area bars, to … Continue reading

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Mai-Kai cocktail review: The new Tiki Swizzle is a sweet and savory addition

See below: Our Tiki Swizzle review | Official recipe Related: New cocktail menu unveiled at anniversary party | Mai-Kai cocktail guide When The Mai-Kai recently rolled out the first major update of its classic menu of tropical drinks in decades, … Continue reading

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Lost Cocktails of The Mai-Kai: The off-menu Suffering Bastard was just a Mai Tai with a kick

See below: Suffering Bastard review | Tribute recipe Related: Trade in Vic’s Mai Tai for this classic | Mai-Kai cocktail guide | Lost cocktails Three classic ‘lost cocktails’ drop in for a night of flights at The Mai-Kai An examination … Continue reading

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Lost Cocktails of The Mai-Kai: Short-lived daiquiri disappared when Cuba fell

Updated July 2014 This is one in a series of reviews of drinks that appeared on the original 1956-57 Mai-Kai cocktail menu but were later retired. Included is the ancestor recipe that inspired it, plus a tribute that attempts to … Continue reading

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