There is no more iconic experience than sipping a tropical Mai Tai at your favorite Maui beach bar. In Tahitian, Mai Tai translates simply as "The Best". While the debate has raged for decades, Maui Insider has proclaimed the Mai Tai at Merriman's Monkeypod Kitchen to be "The Best" Mai Tia in the universe. You will find Monkey Pod Kitchen in the Wailea and Ka'anapali resorts. Here is how it is made
Here's how to make one (from Maui Magazine)
- 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, 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. * Available on Maui at Bargreen Ellingson Restaurant Supplies, 380 Ho‘okahi Street in Wailuku Industrial Park.
Note: Recipe makes enough foam for 4 cocktails. Keeps for a couple of days in a canister, refrigerated.