Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide

Updated June 3, 2020

The Hukilau 2020: A week of virtual events honor 19th annual Tiki weekender, help those in need
NEW: The Hukilau 2020: A week of virtual events honor 19th annual Tiki weekender, help those in need
You can pay homage to the canceled Tiki weekender with educational symposiums, a special virtual event at The Mai-Kai, plus more.

Expanded hot food menu joins cocktail ‘Gallons to Go’ as The Mai-Kai reopens to guests
Expanded hot food menu joins cocktail ‘Gallons to Go’ as The Mai-Kai reopens to guests
Get the latest news on curbside pickup at the historic Polynesian restaurant, plus behind-the-scenes photos and reviews of the cocktails and exclusive new rum. The Mai-Kai’s bar and dining rooms reopened to the public under social distancing rules on May 29.

The Mai-Kai online store
The Mai-Kai Trading Post is the historic restaurant’s online version of its vast on-site gift shop, offering custom mugs, apparel, jewelry, Tikis, artist prints, menus, and more.
* The Mai-Kai gift certificates: Treat the special someone on your list
* The Mai-Kai Club: Get 25 percent off all take-out food orders

The Mai-Kai official sites and social media
* MaiKai.com | MaiKaiTradingPost.com
Twitter | Facebook: Official page | Friends of The Mai-Kai group
Instagram: Restaurant | The Molokai bar | Trading Post

Virtual Retro Rekindled Featuring Don Q & The Hukilau

LATEST ATOMIC GROG UPDATES

Mai-Kai cocktail review: The Black Magic emerges from the darkness as a true classic
Mai-Kai cocktail review: The Black Magic emerges from the darkness as a true classic
Inspired by one of The Mai-Kai’s Gallons To Go, we’ve mixed up a new version of this classic Tiki cocktail. See the full story
* Tribute to The Mai-Kai’s Black Magic, version 3.0
* The Black Magic goes viral on social media

The Atomic Grog's tribute to The Mai-Kai's Barrel O' Rum, as seen on The Trader Brandon Transmissions
The Atomic Grog joins The Trader Brandon Transmissions
VIDEO, RECIPE: Watch the live interview, see Hurricane Hayward mix up the new Barrel O’ Rum tribute, see the recipe.

Hurricane Hayward on Inside the Desert Oasis Room
Hurricane Hayward on Inside the Desert Oasis Room
Listen to the “Covid Chronicles” episode recorded live with Adrian Eustaquio as The Atomic Grog blogger made his way to The Mai-Kai to pick up Gallons to Go. Also available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

Support Tiki bars now by visiting their online stores, contributing to fundraisers
UPDATES: Support Tiki bars now by visiting their online stores, contributing to fundraisers
We need to do our part to assist those in need: Buy merchandise, donate to crowd-sourced fundraisers.

The Hukilau hits the road to spread aloha, benefit closed Tiki bars
The Hukilau hits the road to benefit closed Tiki bars
The tour will include The Mai-Kai, other stops across U.S., plus The Hukilau London in October.

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Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide

Follow our never-ending journey through the classic cocktail menu at The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with exclusive tribute recipes, newly uncovered ancestor recipes for lost classics, plus new special features. Check back often and be sure to click on the reviews to add your own ratings and comments.

JUMP BELOW
This guide: Okole Maluna Society introduction
The drinks: Cocktail rankings, reviews, recipes
Lost cocktails: Retired drink reviews, ratings, recipes
At The Mai-Kai: List of drinks on the current menu | 3-D tour, promotional videos
SEE ALSO: All 100+ Mai-Kai cocktail recipes | All 200+ Atomic Grog recipes

RECENT UPDATES

Mai-Kai cocktail review: Hot Buttered Rum is a heart-warming winter classic
The Mai-Kai cocktail review: Hot Buttered Rum is a heart-warming winter classic
What could be more comforting on a chilly winter night that some warm rum and spices with a big dollop of butter? Check out our updated tribute recipe for The Mai-Kai’s Hot Buttered Rum, a seasonal classic with links to Tiki godfather Don the Beachcomber but also claiming roots that date back to colonial times.

Mai-Kai cocktail review: If you're 'Passionate' about tropical drinks, this one's for you
If you’re ‘Passionate’ about tropical drinks, this one’s for you
Check out our newly updated review of the Piña Passion, including a brand new tribute recipe and history of iconic drinks served in fresh pineapples. Learn about this symbol of hospitality and delicious mainstay at The Mai-Kai since 1956.

Mai-Kai cocktail review: Drink like a native with the deadly Shrunken Skull
Drink like a native with the deadly Shrunken Skull
Fully enhanced with a brand new tribute recipe and the true ancestor recipe from Don the Beachcomber. Includes rich detail including info on all the mugs, the potent rums and the story behind those real shrunken skulls on display in one of the The Mai-Kai’s secluded dining rooms. Click here for the full story.

PAST EVENTS

Appleton master blender Joy Spence hosts rare rum tasting at The Mai-Kai
What we learned at Appleton master blender Joy Spence’s rum tasting
What could possibly be better than an Appleton Estate rum tasting at The Mai-Kai? How about the first-ever such event at the historic Polynesian palace hosted by Joy Spence, the longtime master blender for the venerable Jamaican brand synonymous with pure premium rum. Check out our full recpap and photos, including 5 things you might not know about Joy Spence, 12 things we learned about how Appleton rum is made, and how she wants you to experience Appleton Estate rums.
Recipe: Joy Spence’s favorite rum cocktail

SPECIAL FEATURES

The Rums of The Mai-Kai, presented by The Atomic Grog at The Hukilau 2019
The Rums of The Mai-Kai symposium on Inside the Desert Oasis Room
Mahalo to Adrian Eustaquio and Inside the Desert Oasis Room for documenting the June 9 presentation featuring Hurricane Hayward and Matt Pietrek of Cocktail Wonk live on stage at The Mai-Kai during the closing festivities of The Hukilau 2019.
Click here to listen now or subscribe on iTunes and other podcast platforms

The Rums of The Mai-Kai, presented by The Atomic Grog at The Hukilau 2019
The Atomic Grog presents new class and symposium at The Hukilau
Hurricane Hayward of The Atomic Grog took guests on an virtual journey to the Caribbean to learn about the key rums and styles that have dominated The Mai-Kai’s acclaimed cocktails for more than 60 years. He was joined by rum expert Stephen Remsberg for an Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy class at Pier Sixty-Six hotel on June 8, and by Cocktail Wonk writer Matt Pietrek for an on-stage symposium at The Mai-Kai Grand Finale on June 9.
See the event preview | Full recap coming soon!
Get detailed reports and photos on Tiki Central
The Atomic Grog presents new class and symposium at The Hukilau
Coming soon: Exclusive news on a new replacement for Kohala Bay rum at The Mai-Kai, plus more!
More on the rums of The Mai-Kai
* See exclusive info and photos on Tiki Central
* The history of the potent, funky flavors from Guyana and Jamaica
* Demerara rum – The Mai-Kai’s secret weapon

The Atomic Grog on Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast
The Atomic Grog on Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast
Listen to Hurricane Hayward and Texas Tiki and cocktail podcaster David Phantomatic in the Samoa Room at The Mai-Kai as they discuss (what else) the historic tropical drinks and influence of South Florida’s Polynesian Palace. The podcast is also available on all major podcasting platforms: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

The Mai-Kai Walking Tour on Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast
The Mai-Kai Walking Tour on Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast
It was an honor to participate in The Mai-Kai history tour with carver Will Anders and manager Kern Mattei. It’s a real Tiki museum audio walking tour.
Previous stories: New giant carved Tiki added to outdoor garden
‘King Kai’ leads procession of new Tikis into The Mai-Kai

MORE RESOURCES

DOWNLOADS
* Printable checklist of The Atomic Grog’s Mai-Kai cocktail ratings (PDF)
* Printable checklist of The Mai-Kai cocktail ancestry (PDF)

Join The Grogalizer!
Our tribute recipes are being added to the essential database of Tiki cocktail reviews. Help boost our ratings. It’s quick and easy to sign up.
* Go to The Grogalizer now

Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant

Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant
The definitive book on the historic Fort Lauderdale Tiki temple by Tim “Swanky” Glazner was released in September 2016. Get your copy now!
* Official website | Facebook page
More photos, stories
* 1958-59: The Okole Maluna Society
* Mariano Licudine – “The Houdini of the Liquids”
* Historic mugs | Postcards | Swank Pad
* Facebook: Calendar girls | Postcards

More special features
* The Mai-Kai is here to stay: 10 reasons why we love the historic South Fla. restaurant
* Mai-Kai tropical drink family tree
* Heeeeeeere’s the rich history and lost stories of The Mai-Kai
* Tour of The Mai-Kai’s mysterious bars and kitchen (with photos)
* Interview with General Manager Kern Mattei
* The 12 Days of Christmas, Mai-Kai style
Archive of past news, events

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Okole Maluna Society membership card
Okole Maluna Society membership card.

THE OKOLE MALUNA SOCIETY

The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale is widely recognized as having perhaps the best authentic tropical drinks in the world. The cocktail menu remains virtually unchanged since its opening in 1956 and most of the classic recipes date back to the original Tiki drinks invented by Don the Beachcomber in the 1930s and ’40s.

In the early years, The Mai-Kai had a club called the Okole Maluna (pronounced Oh-koh-lay Mah-loo-nah) Society. Okole Maluna is a traditional Hawaiian toast that means “bottom’s up!” To become a member of the society, you had to sample every one of the drinks on the menu and have them checked off your membership card. Once you joined the club, you were given access to a special off-menu drink. See more on the society and the menu on Swanky’s Mai-Kai history site.

Okole Maluna Society menu
Okole Maluna Society menu.

The society no longer exists, but we’re resurrecting it here on The Atomic Grog. We’ve sampled all the current drinks and have ranked them below on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Following the rankings you’ll also find the drinks listed by category as they appear on the menu. For 52 weeks, from June 2011 until June 2012, we posted detailed reviews (with photos) of all the cocktails on the menu, plus a few off the menu, as well as some classics that are no longer offered. They’re all listed below with hyperlinks to the reviews and an archive of 99 recipes. In the ensuring years, we’ve continually posted updates and new recipes, keeping this guide fresh and up-to-date.

This online guide serves two useful purposes. It gives Mai-Kai patrons a richly detailed and authoritative tool to help choose a cocktail, and also offer feedback. There’s a poll to every drink that lets you rate them, in addition to leaving comments. It’s also an essential resource for home mixologists, giving Tiki drink aficionados exclusive access to a vast archive of recipes.

Okole Maluna Society menu from The Mai-Kai
Okole Maluna Society menu from The Mai-Kai.

These include some authentic Mai-Kai recipes along with “tribute” drinks from The Atomic Grog and others in the Tiki community. But many of the true recipes remain a puzzle. You see, the aura of these mysterious drinks is created by the fact that they’re for the most part top-secret recipes (in the tradition of Don the Beachcomber) that have never been revealed. The cocktails are created in back bars, away from public view. We’ve also included many of the original Donn Beach recipes that inspired The Mai-Kai’s legendary mixologist, Mariano Licudine.

We’ll be continually enhancing this guide with new recipes, history, photos and behind-the-scene stories, so be sure to check the links at the top of the page. We hope to pay homage to The Mai-Kai, a one-of-a-kind mid-century marvel, and its amazing cocktails that top even those at the trendiest craft cocktail bar today.

Okole maluna!

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THE ATOMIC GROG’S MAI-KAI DRINK RATINGS
(Click on hyperlinks for full reviews and recipes)
{recipe}= Official recipe / {ancestor} = Ancestor recipe / {tribute} = Tribute recipe
DOWNLOAD: Printable checklist of the ratings (PDF)

The Mai-Kai's original cocktail menu from 1956-57
The Mai-Kai’s original cocktail menu from 1956-57.

5 stars
1 – Zombie (strong) {ancestors / tribute}

4 1/2 stars

2 – Shark Bite (medium)
{ancestor / tribute}

3 – 151 Swizzle (strong)
{ancestor / tribute}

4 – Special Planters Punch (strong) {ancestor / tribute}

4 stars

5 – Barrel O’ Rum (strong) {recipe}

6 (tie) – Sidewinder’s Fang (strong) {ancestor}
Mystery Drink (strong) {ancestor}

7 – Jet Pilot (strong) {ancestors / tribute}

8 – Cobra’s Kiss (medium) {ancestor / tribute}

9 – Rum Julep (medium) {ancestor / tribute}

10 – Mutiny (strong) {tribute}

11 – Shrunken Skull (strong) {ancestor / official / tribute}

12 – Yeoman’s Grog (strong) {ancestor / tribute}

13 – The Hukilau (strong) {tribute}

Dave Levy's daughter Maima serves up cocktails in The Molokai bar
Owner Dave Levy’s daughter Maima in The Molokai bar. (Go11Events.com)

3 1/2 stars

14 – Black Magic (strong) {tribute} UPDATED

15 – Mai Tai (strong) {tribute}

16 – Suffering Bastard (strong) {tribute}

17 – Piña Passion (medium) {ancestor / tribute}

18 – Samoan Grog (mild)
{ancestor / tribute}

19 – Zula #1 and #2 (strong)
{ancestor / tributes}

20 – K.O. Cooler (strong)
{ancestors / tribute}

21 – Special Reserve Daiquiri (medium)
{ancestor / tribute}

22 – S.O.S. (mild) {ancestor / tribute}

23 – Deep Sea Diver (medium)
{ancestor / tribute}

24 – Moonkist Coconut (medium) {recipe}

25 – Bora Bora (strong) {ancestor / tribute}

26 – Hidden Pearl (medium)
{ancestor / tribute}

27 – Tahitian Breeze (medium) {ancestors / tribute}

28 – Mara-Amu (medium) {recipe}

29 (tie) – Chocolate Snowflake (after dinner) {tribute}
Mai-Kai Blizzard (after dinner) {tribute}

The Mai-Kai offers a staggering selection of tropical drinks
The Mai-Kai’s delicious tropical drinks. (Go11Events.com)

3 stars

30 – Kona Coffee Grog (after dinner) {ancestor}

31 – Hot Buttered Rum (after dinner) {tribute}

32 – Oh So Deadly (mild) {ancestor / tribute}

33 – Piña Colada (medium) {ancestor/tribute}

34 – Martinique Milk Punch (mild) {ancestor / tribute}

35 – Malayan Mist (mild) {ancestor}

36 – Mai-Kai Special (mild) {tribute}

37 – Mai-Kai Swizzle (mild) {tribute}

38 – Floridita Daiquiri (mild) {recipe}

39 – Derby Daiquiri (mild) {recipe}

40 – Gardenia Lei (after dinner) {ancestor}

2 1/2 stars

41 – Banana Daiquiri (mild) {recipe}

42 – Strawberry Daiquiri (mild) {tribute}

The Mai-Kai's Molokai bar is one of the most distinctive in the world
The Molokai bar is one of the world’s most distinctive. (Go11Events.com)

2 stars

43 – Planters Punch (medium) {ancestor}

44 – Tahitian Coffee (after dinner) {ancestor}

45 – Wahine Delight (after dinner) *** {ancestor}

46 – Mai-Kai Cappuccino

*** = Moved to the dessert menu in May 2018

RETIRED COCKTAILS

* Demerara Float (4.5)
{ancestor / recipe / tribute}

* Big Bamboo (4) {recipe}

* Demerara Cocktail (3 1/2)
{recipe / tribute}

* Dr. Fong (3 1/2) {ancestors / tribute}

* Hanalei Bay (3 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* Last Rites (3 1/2) {ancestor / recipe / tribute}

* Liquid Gold (3 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* Impatient Virgin (3) {ancestor / tribute}

* Island Queen (3) {ancestor / tribute}

* Martinique Cocktail (3) {ancestor}

* Tiki Swizzle (3) {recipe}

* Cuban Daiquiri (2 1/2) {ancestor/tribute}

See also: Fog Cutter and Singapore Sling
* Read more about The Mai-Kai’s “lost cocktails”

A 1958 ad featuring Mariano Licudine
A 1958 ad featuring master mixologist Mariano Licudine.

Disclaimers: These ratings are based on Hurricane Hayward’s own personal tastes. He tends to prefer strong, complex drinks with a unique flavor profile. Aside from perhaps the bottom three or four, they’re all highly recommended and sure to please imbibers with different tastes. The top three are remarkable, and the top 10 are all worthy of the Tiki drink hall of fame. But please, consume with caution, they’re all very potent.

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THE MAI-KAI TROPICAL DRINK MENU
(Our ratings in parentheses, 1-5 stars)
(Click on hyperlinks for full reviews and recipes)

2018 update” The Mai-Kai updates bar menu, adds classic ‘lost’ cocktail
* See the official online menu

The Mai-Kai's 2014 tropical drink menu
The Mai-Kai’s current tropical drink menu.

STRONG

* Zombie (5) {ancestors / tribute}

* 151 Swizzle (4 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* Special Planters Punch (4 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* Barrel O’ Rum (4) {recipe}

* Sidewinder’s Fang (4) {ancestor}

* Mystery Drink (4) {ancestor}

* Jet Pilot (4) {ancestors / tribute}

* Mutiny (4) {tribute}

* Shrunken Skull (4) {ancestor / official / tribute}

* Yeoman’s Grog (4) {ancestor / tribute}

* The Hukilau (4) {tribute}

* Black Magic (3 1/2) {tribute} UPDATED

* Mai Tai (3 1/2) {tribute}

* Suffering Bastard (3 1/2) {tribute}

* Zula #1 and #2 (3 1/2) {ancestor / tributes}

* K.O. Cooler (3 1/2) {ancestors / tribute}

* Bora Bora (3) {ancestor / tribute}

The Mai-Kai's Molokai bar was designed to look like the interior of the famed cargo ship HMS Bounty
The Molokai bar includes props and rigging from the 1962 movie ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ starring Marlon Brando. (Go11Events.com)

MEDIUM

* Shark Bite (4 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* Cobra’s Kiss (4) {ancestor / tribute}

* Rum Julep (4) {ancestor / tribute}

* Piña Passion (3 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* Special Reserve Daiquiri (3 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* Deep Sea Diver (3 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* Moonkist Coconut (3 1/2) {recipe}

* Hidden Pearl (3 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* Tahitian Breeze (3 1/2) {ancestors / tribute}

* Mara-Amu (3 1/2) {recipe}

* Piña Colada (3) {ancestor/tribute}

* Planters Punch (2) {ancestor}

A recent photo of The Molokai Girls in the bar, which never seems to go out of style
A recent photo of The Molokai Girls in the bar, which never seems to go out of style. (Courtesy of The Mai-Kai)

MILD

* Samoan Grog (3 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* S.O.S. (3 1/2) {ancestor / tribute}

* Oh So Deadly (3) {ancestor / tribute}

* Martinique Milk Punch (3) {ancestor / tribute}

* Malayan Mist (3) {ancestor}

* Mai-Kai Special (3) {tribute}

* Mai-Kai Swizzle (3) {tribute}

* Floridita Daiquiri (3) {recipe}

* Derby Daiquiri (3) {recipe}

* Banana Daiquiri (2 1/2) {recipe}

* Strawberry Daiquiri (2 1/2) {tribute}

The Mai-Kai's Polynesian Islander Revue performance during The Hukilau in June 2010
The Mai-Kai’s Polynesian Islander Revue performance during The Hukilau in June 2010. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

AFTER DINNER

* Chocolate Snowflake (3 1/2) {tribute}

* Mai-Kai Blizzard (3 1/2) {tribute}

* Kona Coffee Grog (3) {ancestor}

* Hot Buttered Rum (3) {tribute}

* Gardenia Lei (3) {ancestor}

* Tahitian Coffee (2) {ancestor}

* Mai-Kai Cappuccino (2)

Moved to the dessert menu in May 2018: Wahine Delight (2) {ancestor}

Related: See all the drinks organized by ancestry

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Explore The Mai-Kai in 3-D

Filmed by Google in the fall of 2015.

Mai-Kai promotional videos


2009 press party video to announce extensive renovations

Mahalos
* Owner Dave Levy, manager Kern Mattei, marketing director Pia Dahlquist and everyone else at The Mai-Kai. You have the best jobs in the world.
* Author Jeff “Beachbum Berry,” my mixology guru, whose research provided many of the recipes above.
* Historian Tim “Swanky” Glazner, who keeps the stories and spirit of The Mai-Kai alive for future generations.
* The Hukilau, which gave me my entre to this wonderful world.
* And last but not least: My beautiful wife, and all my friends and associates who have joined me at The Mai-Kai during my “research.”

Okole maluna!

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PAST NEWS, SPECIAL FEATURES

Photos: 10 highlights from The Hukilau 2019 in Fort Lauderdale
Photos: 10 highlights from The Hukilau 2019 in Fort Lauderdale
Take a look back at the five days of festivities at Pier Sixty-Six and The Mai-Kai with dozens of photos and many memorable moments, plus two bonus cocktail recipes.

Demerara Rum: The Mai-Kai's Secret Weapon on Jan. 19, 2019, at The Mai-Kai
Demerara Rum – The Mai-Kai’s Secret Weapon
The Atomic Grog was pleased to present a special happy-hour talk during The Mai-Kai Takeover event on Jan. 19, presented by the Magical Tiki Meet-Up and Retro Rekindled. Click here to check out our full event recap, including photos and highlights of our Demerara rum discussion.
See also: Rums of The Mai-Kai include potent, funky flavors from Guyana and Jamaica

Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy: How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai
Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy: How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai
Tips and techniques from Hurricane Hayward of The Atomic Grog for turning your home bar into a Tiki cocktail paradise. Check out highlights from the sold-out class at The Hukilau 2018.
The Hukilau 2018 recap: Images from the whirlwind Tiki weekend in Fort Lauderdale

60 years of Tiki cocktail history
The Atomic Grog explores 60 years of Tiki cocktail history
More than 100 Tiki explorers took a trip through time, from 1956 to the present day, via the lavish tropical drink menus of the world famous Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale during The Hukilau on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Recent press coverage
* Flaming knives, deadly rum and Pupu platters: Why Mai-Kai is still a tiki legend
* Critiki’s ten best Tiki bars in the world, 2017
* Recreating the Mai-Kai’s bizarre Black Magic cocktail
* A tour of the Iconic Mai-Kai Tiki bar
* At Fort Lauderdale’s Mai-Kai, it’s always Tiki time

Archive of past news, events
* The living dead came to party at The Mai-Kai’s Hulaween 2019 luau
* The Hukilau preview party: The Surfrajettes return to The Mai Kai
* Florida bartender wins Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Challenge at The Mai-Kai
* Hulaween 2018: Back from the Dead – 10th Anniversary Reunion
* The Mai-Kai updates bar menu, adds classic ‘lost’ cocktail
* Photos: Monstrous mayhem at the ninth annual Hulaween party at The Mai-Kai
* The Mai-Kai is here to stay: 10 reasons why we love the historic South Fla. restaurant
* New giant carved Tiki added to The Mai-Kai’s outdoor garden for 60th anniversary
* The Mai-Kai turns 60 with history presentations, celebration
* ‘King Kai’ leads procession of new Tikis into The Mai-Kai
* A Fifth of Grog: ‘Boozy’ blog celebrates fifth anniversary
* The Mai-Kai turns 60 with special history presentations, celebration
* Miami Rum Festival party and Santero’s Elixir cocktail recipe
* The Mai-Kai competes in “The Art of Tiki” at SoBeWFF | Pupule Punch recipe
* New Mai-Kai mugs released, history book coming
* The undead get lively at The Mai-Kai’s seventh annual Hulaween party
* Three classic ‘lost cocktails’ drop in for a night of flights at The Mai-Kai
* A ghastly good time at The Mai-Kai’s sixth annual Hulaween party
* Special event takes guests on a flight back to classic Potions of the Caribbean
* Artists pay tribute to The Mai-Kai with one-of-a-kind mugs
* Historic Mai-Kai celebrated, new cocktail menu unveiled at anniversary party
* Partygoers raise hell at The Mai-Kai’s fifth annual Hulaween
* Tap into The Mai-Kai anywhere with the new smartphone app
* Hulaween was hoppin’ all night at The Mai-Kai
* Mini Mai-Kai Mystery Bowl offers scaled-down version of a classic
* Cocktail flights soar at Mai-Kai Mixer, reveal revolutionary use of rums
* Mai-Kai Mixer shakes up South Florida with rockin’ retro cocktail party

10 Replies to “Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide”

  1. This looks awesome, I have been several times and had maybe 7 or so of the drinks, but I always get overwhelmed. I am looking forward to this!

    Thanks!
    Gil in Oakland

  2. I went to the Mai-Kai for my 21st birthday and I had their Hidden Pearl. I really liked it, but I haven’t been able to find the recipe at all. I saw that you had recipes for some of their drinks and wondered if you knew the recipe for their hidden pearl?

    1. Nicole, thanks for writing and we’re glad you enjoyed The Mai-Kai. The Hidden Pearl is an excellent drink for “newbies” :>)

      We don’t have the authentic recipe since these are closely guarded secrets, but we do have the “ancestor” recipe that the Mai-Kai’s version is based on. It’s very similar and just as tasty.

      It’s not due to be posted on the blog until later, but we’ll e-mail it to you so you can try it out.

      Mahalo!

  3. Have had many of the drinks. Added the Deep Sea Diver this weekend at the Hukilau. We should try to resurrect the THE OKOLE MALUNA SOCIETY, i think the concept is great. Would also be great for the restaurant. Maybe get some small little passport booklets made. Have the waitresses sign off on it. Then induct someone into the club like they do at the Smugglers cove in San fran with an official fez… Im in on that!

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