One of my favorite things about traveling is having the opportunity to try the local foods and signature drinks around the world. We’ve enjoyed Pirate Pain Killers while sailing around the US Virgin Islands, drank rum punch during our visit to St. Lucia, tried ice-cold Carib beers while sunbathing in St. Maarten, filled up our steins in Leavenworth, and although unsuccessful, I searched for Vikingfjord Vodka during our stay in Norway. While Hawaii has many different signature drinks such as Blue Hawaii’s, Pina Colada’s, and Lava Flows, my favorite is the Mai Tai. The strong drink mixed with delicious tropical flavors is the perfect way to cool off after a fun afternoon in the sun.
Hopefully one day I’ll be lucky enough to call Hawaii Home, but in the meantime I’ll spread the Aloha by mixing up these strong cocktails to enjoy with my ‘ohana (family) out on our back patio. Now, I just need some soft sand, some hawaiian music, and a palm tree or two…
My Perfect Mai Tai
- 2 oz light Rum (I like using Captain Morgan’s Pineapple Rum, or try another fruity flavor like Mango or Coconut Rum)
- Pineapple Juice
- Orange Juice
- Dark Rum (for the float)
Mix the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice. Top with a generous Dark Rum float. All that’s left is a garnish of your choice (I’m particularly fond of a pineapple slice with one of those cute little umbrellas).
Who’s up for a drink? Happy Aloha Friday!