Mai-Kai Cocktail Recipes

Compiled by Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog
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Updated Nov. 16, 2020
This is a handy index of all the cocktails reviewed in our Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide. They’re listed alphabetically by source for easy reference. Check the guide and the links below for full details and more on these amazing drinks.
* Downloadable, printable checklist of our cocktail ratings (PDF)
* Downloadable, printable checklist of The Mai-Kai cocktail ancestry (PDF)

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Safe and scary fun: Hulaween Drive-In Movie at The Mai-Kai on Oct. 30
NEW: The Mai-Kai celebrates Hulaween 2020 with drive-in movie party after closing for renovations
The historic Polynesian restaurant transported revelers to a socially-distanced celebration like no other, including an appearance by Appleton Rum’s Joy Spence. FULL EVENT RECAP
News: Latest on the temporary closing
Photos: Hulaweeen Drive-In Movie scene, costumes
Tribute recipe: Blood Island Green Potion #2

Mai-Kai cocktail review: Jet Pilot soars over its ancestors with flying colors
Mai-Kai cocktail review: Jet Pilot soars over its ancestors with flying colors
This latest and greatest version of The Mai-Kai’s Jet Pilot should be approached with caution. It’s big, bold and bad to the bone. See the full story
RECIPE: Tribute to The Mai-Kai’s Jet Pilot, version 5.0
The Atomic Grog serves the Jet Pilot on Tiki Trail Live

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From an early Mai-Kai cocktail menu.
From an early Mai-Kai cocktail menu.

CURRENT AUTHENTIC RECIPES (7)

Banana Daiquiri
Barrel O’ Rum
Derby Daiquiri
Floridita Daiquiri
Mara-Amu
Moonkist Coconut
Shrunken Skull

RETIRED AUTHENTIC RECIPES (5)

The Mai-Kai on a desolate stretch of Federal Highway shortly after its 1956 opening
The Mai-Kai on a desolate stretch of Federal Highway shortly after its 1956 opening. It’s now complete boxed in by development.

Big Bamboo
Demerara Cocktail
Demerara Float
Last Rites
Tiki Swizzle

ANCESTOR RECIPES (33)

151 Swizzle
Bora Bora

Cocktails in The Molokai bar are timeless. This photo was probably taken decades ago, but it could have been yesterday
Cocktails in The Molokai bar are timeless. This photo was probably taken decades ago, but it could have been yesterday. (Courtesy of The Mai-Kai)

Cobra’s Kiss
Deep Sea Diver
Gardenia Lei
Hidden Pearl
Jet Pilot (2)
K.O. Cooler (2)
Kona Coffee Grog
Malayan Mist
Martinique Milk Punch
Mystery Drink
Oh So Deadly
Piña Passion
Planters Punch
Rum Julep

The cover of a vintage Molokai bar menu.
The cover of a vintage Molokai bar menu.

Samoan Grog
Shark Bite
Shrunken Skull
Sidewinder’s Fang
S.O.S.
Special Planters Punch
Special Reserve Daiquiri
Tahitian Breeze (2)
Tahitian Coffee
Wahine Delight
Yeoman’s Grog
Zombie (2)
Zula #1 and #2

The Barrel O' Rum is The Mai-Kai's signature drink
The Barrel O’ Rum is The Mai-Kai’s signature drink. (From The Mai-Kai’s Facebook page)

RETIRED ANCESTOR RECIPES (10)

Cuban Daiquiri
Demerara Float
Dr. Fong (2)
Hanalei Bay
Impatient Virgin
Island Queen
Last Rites
Liquid Gold
Martinique Cocktail

TRIBUTE RECIPES (35)

151 Swizzle
Barrel O’ Rum
Black Magic

A 1960s era coaster.
A 1960s era coaster.

Bora Bora
Chocolate Snowflake
Cobra’s Kiss
Deep Sea Diver
Hidden Pearl
Hot Buttered Rum
The Hukilau
Jet Pilot
K.O. Cooler
Mai-Kai Blizzard
Mai-Kai Special
Mai-Kai Swizzle
Mai Tai
Martinique Milk Punch
Mutiny

The Molokai Girls show off some of the many cocktails available in the bar in May 2016. (Courtesy of The Mai-Kai)
The Molokai Girls show off some of the many cocktails available in the bar in May 2016. (Courtesy of The Mai-Kai)

Oh So Deadly
Piña Colada
Piña Passion
Rum Julep
Samoan Grog
Shark Bite
Shrunken Skull
S.O.S.
Special Planters Punch
Special Reserve Daiquiri
Strawberry Daiquiri
Suffering Bastard
Tahitian Breeze
Yeoman’s Grog
Zombie
Zula #1 and #2 (2)

Patrons enjoy a Mystery Drink in the 1960s
Patrons enjoy a Mystery Drink in the 1960s. (From The Mai-Kai’s Facebook page)

RETIRED TRIBUTE RECIPES (8)

Demerara Cocktail
Demerara Float
Dr. Fong
Hanalei Bay
Impatient Virgin
Island Queen
Last Rites
Liquid Gold

Special recipes (7)
* 1862 Rhum Punch (The Hukilau 2015)
* Blood Island Green Potion #2 (Hulaween 2020) NEW
* Don Q Cocktail (Miami Rum Festival 2014)
* Molokai Swizzle (“The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown” at SoBeWFF 2015)
* Pupule Punch (“The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown” at SoBeWFF 2016)
* Santero’s Elixir (2016 Miami Rum Festival party)
* Spicy Hula Girl (The Hukilau 2016)

Total: 105

Bonus recipes
* The Real McCoy Shark Bite and Special Reserve Daiquiri
* Joy Spence’s favorite rum cocktail

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* Tour of The Mai-Kai’s mysterious bars and kitchen

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