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Mai-Kai cocktail review: Comfort and caffeine are hallmarks of this cappuccino concoction

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NEW: The Mai-Kai updates bar menu, adds classic ‘lost’ cocktail

Updated June 2018

For years, you could find the the Mai-Kai Cappuccino at the very bottom of the after-dinner drink menu, almost as an afterthought. There’s was no classic tropical drink illustration, and just the simple description “with our special blend of liqueurs.”

Mai-Kai Cappuccino, January 2012. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)
Mai-Kai Cappuccino, January 2012. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

Then it completely disappeared off the main cocktail menu during a 2014 update, relegated to the dessert menu presented to guests at the end of their meals in the dining rooms.

But, as it turns out, this creamy coffee drink is a favorite of owner Dave Levy. Which led to its return to the cocktail menu and its first appearance on the moderninzed version along the a new description: “Our special blend of liqueurs and mocha flavors make this a full flavored coffee treat.”

There’s also a non-alcoholic cappuccino on the dessert menu, a more traditional version of the hot espresso drink featuring foamed milk, powdered cinnamon and a generous topping of whipped cream. Be sure to specify you want the boozy version, though to be sure the alcohol content is light in this drink.

It sits at the bottom of our ratings simply because it’s not a classic cocktail. But if you’re a cappuccino fan, or just feel in the mood for a creamy coffee drinks, you’ll be happy with this decadent creation. It’s loaded with sweet cream, and the liquors are barely noticeable. It’s certainly a fine choice for more conservative imbibers, as well as caffeine fiends.

So the next time you’re at The Mai-Kai and need a break from the boozy options, or just need a boost and/or sugar rush without a lot of alcohol kick, look no further.


The official menu description

Mai-Kai Cappuccino

Okole Maluna Society review and rating

Size: Medium

Potency: After dinner

Flavor profile: Cappuccino, cream, slight hint of spice.

Review: Very smooth and creamy, this is a warm and comforting drink with nary a hint of alcohol.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars (see how it ranks)

Ancestry: This drink was inspired by the creation of the mild, medium, strong and after-dinner sections of the menu in 1972-73. Also added during this time was another hot coffee drink, the Tahitian Coffee, and the two ice-cream based drinks (Chocolate Snowflake and Mai-Kai Blizzard).

Bilge: The Mai-Kai Cappuccino is often served on the restaurant’s signature saucer, a classy retro touch.

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