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In Pursuit Of The Best Mai Tai On Maui

Published on February 18, 2018 by AlohaCondoRental-dot-com
In Pursuit Of The Best Mai Tai On Maui

For those of us who enjoy adult beverages it can be a lot of fun to be In Persuit Of The Best Mai Tai On Maui! Mai Tai's conjure up thoughts of grass shack tiki bars, drinking out of tiki glasses with tropical fruit on swizzle sticks and of course an umbrella, and trust me, those kitschy style Mai Tais exist but my favorite Mai Tai has grown up a little and offers a little island-style tweak!

This ubiquitous island drink's name has it's roots in Polynesian culture. "Maita'i " is the Tahitian word for "good".

Best Mai Tai Maui

According to Wikipedia; "Victor J. Bergeron claimed to have invented the Mai Tai in 1944 at his restaurant, Trader Vic's, in Oakland, California.[3] Trader Vic's rival, Don the Beachcomber, claimed to have created it in 1933 at his then-new bar named for himself (later a famous restaurant) in Hollywood. Don the Beachcomber's recipe is more complex than that of Vic's and tastes quite different.[4]

The Trader Vic's story of its invention is that the Trader (Victor J. Bergeron) created it one afternoon for some friends who were visiting from Tahiti. One of those friends, Carrie Guild, tasted it and cried out: "Maita'i roa ae!" (literally "very good!", figuratively "Out of this world! The best!")—hence the name

Most current recipes for Mai Tais based on Trader Vic's 1944 recipe include rum, lime juice, orgeat syrup, and orange liqueur (typically orange curaçao). Variants may include orange and grapefruit juices, bitters, grenadine, falernum, and so on. Various books from Victor Bergeron described using rum from Jamaica as well as from Martinique, which in modern usage is a Rhum Agricole.".

Regardless of which side of the drink debate you fall on, I think we can all agree that this magical rum concoction is a truly delightful, island adult beverage and one that you must try so that your Maui vacation is complete.

Best Mai Tai Maui

I'll cut straight to the point and let you know that my very favorite Mai Tai can be found at Monkeypod Kitchen. But don't let that stop you from trying one at all of the restaurants and bars you visit so that you can come to your own conclusion.

Monkeypod's Mai Tai follows the traditional route but with a little twist, the secret, well not so secret, ingredient is in the house-made liliko‘i  syrup made into a foam that tops the drink.

Best Mai Tai Maui

From Maui Magazine; "Jason Vendrell, beverage director/sommelier at Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea, says, "When we were opening the restaurant, I wanted to do a more classic mai tai, with just one small variation. I was going to incorporate a house-made liliko‘i [passionfruit] syrup, and Chandra Lam [talented mixologist from Southern Wine & Spirits] suggested we make a foam. I think the reason the Monkeypod Mai Tai is so popular is because it is well balanced and refreshingly tart. We also use the best possible ingredients."

And popular it is!  According to one of Monkeypod's Instagram posts in January "Monkeypod kitchen Wailea sold 115,000 Mai tai's this year."  That's a whole lot of cocktails my friends, they must be doing something right!

Best Mai Tai Maui
Monkeypod Garlic Fries and House Special Mai Tai!

Don't take my word for it, see for yourself! Monkeypod Wailea is just a few minutes drive from our condo and trust me, they have fantastic Happy Hours from 3p–5:30p & 9p–11p (50% off appetizers).

Maybe you're reading this from the Mainland? No worries, here's the recipe for you to try at home. Reproducing the 'liliko'i' foam may be a bit of a challenge but home mixologist probably love a good cocktail challenge.

Monkeypod Mai Tai Recipe

Ingredients:

1 oz. Old Lahaina Light Rum
1 oz. Old Lahaina Dark Rum
1/2 oz. macadamia-nut orgeat
1/2 oz. Marie Brizard Orange Curaçao
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

Honey Liliko‘i Foam

1/2 oz. honey
1 oz. liliko‘i purée
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. egg whites
1.5 oz. cold water

Method

Mix foam ingredients well and put in a nitrous-oxide (NO2) infuser* to half capacity. Use 4 charges for a liter-sized infuser. (Or blend ingredients on high speed till foamy.) Add lime juice, orgeat  (a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water), orange curaçao and Old Lahaina Light Rum to mixing glass. Shake with 1 cup cubed ice about 30 seconds and pour into highball glass. Float dark rum. Top with honey-liliko‘i foam and garnish with pineapple half moon.

*also known as a 'Whipped Cream Dispenser' , widely available on Amazon.

Looking for more Maui vacation ideas? Lots of things to see and do,

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We are Laurie (Lali) & Jeff, owners of Kihei Akahi unit DG13. Owning a home on Maui has been a dream from the first time Laurie set foot on the island more than 20 years ago. Year after year we have traveled here to enjoy all that Maui has to offer. It’s a magical place that calls us back time after time. Laurie’s affinity with the Hawaiian islands extends beyond just vacationing and goes back two generations. Tutu, Laurie’s grandmother came to Oahu with with her husband Robert in the 1940’s, invited by Elizabeth Arden to open her first salon at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki. Leilani, Laurie’s mom, was born in Honolulu in April of 1941. Later that year, on the morning of December 7th, while her father was golfing at Pearl Harbor Golf Course the bombing of Pearl Harbor started. Tutu and baby Leilani stayed in Honolulu while Bob returned to San Francisco and began work as a civil servant. Transportation from the islands to the Mainland was restricted and Tutu and Leilani were unable to return to their previous home on the mainland for months. Tutu had spunk and was tenacious! She wrote President Roosevelt repeatedly imploring him for help on their return passage. Eventually, she received a letter from President Roosevelt’s secretary and was granted passage back to San Francisco. It wasn’t until 2004 when Leilani was able to make Maui her second home. She also owns a condo in Kihei Akahi! In 2017 Laurie followed suit. There’s just something about Maui that is magical and keeps drawing this family back. What we do when we’re not on Maui family photo Our full-time home is a small farm in Calistoga in the Napa Valley, California. Jeff is a 7th generation Calistogan. His family was instrumental in the formation of our town. He is a realtor specializing in the wine industry and his business focus is on Pinot Noir vineyards, wineries and high end wine country estates. He spends much of his free time fishing and camping in our 1968 Airstream trailer. Laurie is an artist and dabbles in a variety of media. Fiber arts and textiles occupy most of her artistic endeavors and includes spinning wool or silk on one of her many spinning wheels, weaving, knitting or dyeing fibers. When not playing in the fiber arts world, she practices yoga, swims and is an avid gardener and beekeeper. Married 28 years, we have two adult children (Kara & Casey) and one very spoiled Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua mix named Frankie.
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