Tag Archives: Jamaican rum

What we learned at Appleton master blender Joy Spence’s rum tasting at The Mai-Kai

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. Continue reading

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The Rums of The Mai-Kai: The Atomic Grog presents new class and symposium at The Hukilau 2019

Hurricane Hayward of The Atomic Grog will take guests of The Hukilau 2019 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. Continue reading

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Iron TikiTender goes on tour: Deadline looms for Atlanta regional competition

Bartenders who hope to gain bragging rights in the Tiki cocktail world have until Monday, Jan. 14, to enter a new regional competition and earn a chance to compete in the finals this summer at Tiki Kon in Portland. Continue reading

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The Tiki Times – July 2017 Events Calendar: Tales of the Cocktail takes over

From the ashes of the Week in Tiki (and, later, the Month in Tiki) rises The Tiki Times. Still ambitious, but more practical, this monthly guide to what’s going on across the world of Tiki culture will hopefully be a … Continue reading

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Week in Tiki (March 16-31, 2016): Lost Lake fire and more Tiki bar news, event previews, Lemon Hart rum returning?

Late March was punctuated by upheaval in the Tiki bar world, including a fire at Lost Lake in Chicago and the confirmed closing of Trader Vic’s in Portland. We also have updates on the upcoming Pacific Seas in Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Upstart spirits share spotlight with major players at sixth annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

It’s a rum enthusiast’s dream: Seven days of nothing but tasting hundreds of rums and cocktails in sunny Miami, learning about the colorful history and culture that envelop every aspect of the industry. But the sixth annual Miami Rum Festival … 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 Big Bamboo features big flavors, unique history

Updated July 2018 See below: Our Big Bamboo review | Official Mai-Kai recipe Related: Mara-Amu is a second generation classic | Mai-Kai cocktail guide More “lost cocktails” | Tropical drink family tree Of all The Mai-Kai’s legendary tropical drinks, one … Continue reading

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Mai-Kai cocktail review: The Hukilau is worthy of its famous company

Updated August 2018 See below: Our Hukilau review | Tribute recipes UPDATED Related: Mai-Kai cocktail guide | Latest news on the annual Hukilau event Like an ugly stepchild, The Hukilau cocktail at The Mai-Kai is often shunned in favor of … Continue reading

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Mai-Kai cocktail review: The Black Magic emerges from the darkness as a true classic

Updated December 2018See below: Our Black Magic review | Tribute recipesRelated: Mai-Kai cocktail guideThe Mutiny is a worthy foe in the battle of the tropical titans Prior to the opening of The Mai-Kai in 1956, there were perhaps other icy … Continue reading

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