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Mai Tai Sorbet


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Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup sugar
  • ¼ Cup water
  • ½ Cup guava nectar
  • ¼ Cup orange juice
  • ¼ Cup passion fruit puree
  • ¼ Cup pineapple juice
  • 6 Tablespoons dark rum
  • 4 Teaspoons grenadine
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice

Directions

In a large saucepan, make simple syrup by boiling the sugar and water together for 2 minutes. Take the syrup from the heat and stir in the guava nectar, orange juice, passion fruit purée, pineapple juice, rum, grenadine, and lime juice. Chill the mixture if it’s still slightly warm and then freeze in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Nutritional Facts

Servings4

Calories Per Serving161

Folate equivalent (total)9µg2%


Mai Tai Drink

When I think of sitting on the beach or by the pool on a tropical vacation there are a few drinks I think of. Frozen Strawberry Margaritas are one of them and a Mai Tai drink is another. There is just something about a fruity cocktail that screams vacation, warm weather, and the tropics.

Recently when I was on a Caribbean Cruise I actually had my first Mai Tai ever! We actually had a Mai Tai sorbet as a pallet cleanser during the chefs dinner one night. It was cool, fruity, and so tasty I new I had to try the real cocktail!

The Caribbean Princess ship that we were on is a Medallion Class ship. That means not only do you have the absolute best and fast internet at sea, you also have all sorts of great apps that you can use to play games, find your way around the ship, and even order food and drinks to be delivered to you! So I used the app to order Mai Tai drinks to our room while we were getting ready for dinner one night.


4 thoughts on &ldquo Miraval Mai Tai Sorbet &rdquo

Served in a martini glass at a party. We used the tip to “spray” rum onto the sorbet for flavor and aroma. Worked great.

This was super good, but we have learned to add LESS of the boozy elements of recipes because you can always add more (which is true of lots of things, like sugar). Dark Rum has a lot of flavor, so, thanks anyway Miraval for the “heavy pour” but we just used 6 teaspoons, instead of 6 tablespoons, and that rum flavor all four servings. Plenty. Brought the calories way down! That’s 192 vs 64 calories for the rum, alone. So this then is what … like 30 calories or (give or take) less calories per serving. :)

Want us to give you even MORE savings? Don’t add the rum at all, and add a bit to a spray bottle, and SPRAY each serving. Believe it not, a heavy mist of Rum over the top of certain recipes (fruit salad, coffee, desserts) is enough to flavor the tip of the tongue and you’ve got alcohol calories in the single digits my friend.


MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen: Our Favorite Recipes

Tom and I love to travel … and to eat! When Tom started Travels With Mai Tai Tom, MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen was added as a way to help Tom build content. Somewhere along the way, I realized I enjoyed sharing recipes and really liked writing and taking pictures. I started by posting some of our favorites recipes from our years of entertaining. I have kept track of the menus for every single dinner and party we have had at our house since 1999. We like to host, what can I say?

Our very first party in 1991 was a Blazing Saddles costume party where we served Yankee Bean Soup and Tuna Surprise (food from the movie – not to worry, those recipes are not here). Our second effort was Thanksgiving, where the turkey erupted in flames. Apparently, it was a very juicy turkey and the drippings spilled out and caught fire in the oven. As I recall, everything turned out great despite our beagle snatching a loaf of cranberry bread from the table.

We are much improved since those two efforts. The recipes I share with you are our favorites ones that can’t go wrong and that we feel are worth the effort. Our motto: “Good Food, Great Friends and Fun.”

On the travel side of things, I am the “Scribe.” I take copious notes that Tom magically transforms into his trip reports and posts. I am also his back up photographer if it is a close up or a panorama, that is probably mine.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we like sharing them!

“People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia Child


The 12 Best Rum Cocktails For When You Want to Get Away

A terrace overlooking a sunset. A white-sand beach. A bar in Havana. Pour up one of these, and you'll feel like you're there.

Rum runs the cocktail gamut. You can be meditative as you make a Mojito, treating each ingredient with the utmost care so that the mint is muddled just so, the lime squeezed just right, the rum-to-club soda ration is just perfect. You can also chuck a bunch of ingredients in a blender with some ice, dump it out in a cup, and garnish it with whatever's in your line of sight&mdasha pineapple frond, a dash of nutmeg, a bundle of dry twigs. Like a Painkiller. You can make a rum drink that lights a fire in your belly (Hot Buttered Rum, for example) or a rum drink that you quite literally light on fire (a Zombie, which is also what you will become after ingesting one).

As spring transitions to a hot-as-ever summer, rum takes its rightful place in the seasonal cocktail lineup, up there with tequila and bitter Italian aperitifs. These are 12 rum cocktails you can make for yourself at home&mdashwhich very well might be the only place you'll be drinking cocktails at all for the foreseeable future&mdashescalating from easier recipes to ones that'll demand most of your bar cart in pursuit of a spine-rattling ABV. You pick the poison.

There's no need to blend a Daiquiri with ice and sweetened strawberry pulp, à la Applebee's. This way&mdashthe classic way&mdashis much better.

Ingredients

&bull 2 oz. white rum
&bull 1/2 tsp. superfine sugar
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice

Squeeze the lime into your shaker, stir in the sugar, and then add the rum. Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Easy to make and delightfully spicy. Don't swap ginger ale for ginger beer.

Ingredients

&bull 2 oz. dark rum
&bull 3 oz. ginger beer
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice (optional)

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add rum. Pour in ginger beer and lime juice. Stir with a barspoon. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Keep the blender going all day. Relish the sugar buzz.

Ingredients

&bull 2 1/2 oz. rum
&bull 3 oz. pineapple juice
&bull 1 oz. coconut cream
&bull ice

Start with the rum. Then combine with unsweetened pineapple juice (you can sub in 3 ounces crushed or whole pineapple), and coconut cream in a blender. Blend on high with a cup or so of crushed ice, or 5 or 6 ice cubes. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with whatever you've got.

It's like taking tea to quiet the stomach and soothe the soul. Only, of course, rum makes it better.

Ingredients

&bull 2 oz. dark rum
&bull 2 sugar cubes
&bull 1 pat unsalted butter

In a mug, dissolve the sugar cubes in a little hot water. Add rum and butter. Fill the mug with hot water. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.

This recipe is a good one to memorize if you can make a Mojito like it's second nature, you'll be able to impress anyone.

Ingredients

&bull 2 oz. white rum
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice (squeezed fresh)
&bull 1 tsp. superfine sugar
&bull 3 mint leaves
&bull club soda or seltzer

In a smallish Collins glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 tsp. superfine sugar. Add the mint leaves, mushing them against the side of the glass. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice and pour in the rum. Pitch in the squeezed-out lime shell and top off with club soda or seltzer.

Rum and champagne aren't obvious mates, but that makes a bright and honeyed Air Mail all the more interesting.

Ingredients

&bull 2 oz. golden rum
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice
&bull 1 tsp. honey
&bull 5 oz. Brut champagne

Stir rum, lime juice, and honey thoroughly with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker. Pour unstrained into a Collins glass. Top with champagne.

Ingredients

&bull 3 oz. dark or gold rum
&bull 2 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
&bull 1 oz. orange juice
&bull 1 oz. coconut cream

Shake ingredients well with ice in cocktail shaker. Strain into a hurricane glass over fresh ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

This drink was meant to be downed while wandering the French Quarter. But your backyard will work in a pinch.

Ingredients

&bull 2 oz. dark rum
&bull 1 oz. passion fruit syrup
&bull 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
&bull orange slices
&bull maraschino cherries

Combine rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice with ice in a shaker. Shake until frosty. Pour into a hurricane glass filled with more ice cubes. Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries.

There are many wrong ways to make a Mai Tai. This is the right way.

Ingredients

&bull 2 oz. dark rum
&bull 1 oz. lime juice
&bull 1/2 oz. orange curaçao
&bull 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
&bull 1/8 oz. rock candy syrup

Shake ingredients with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker. Pour unstrained into a large Collins glass (or tiki mug). Garnish with half a lime shell and a sprig of mint.

It's basically a milkshake. An alcoholic milkshake.

Ingredients

&bull 2 oz. dark rum
&bull 1 oz. Kahlúa
&bull 1 oz. dark crème de cacao
&bull 2 oz. cream of coconut
&bull 2 oz. milk
&bull nutmeg, whipped cream, or cherry (optional)

Blend ingredients with ice&mdashstart with 1/2 c. and add from there&mdashuntil the mix reaches milkshake consistency. Pour into a hurricane-style glass, then garnish with grated nutmeg, whipped cream, or a maraschino cherry.

A doozy of a cocktail, with more fruit flavors than a grocery store's produce aisle.

Ingredients

&bull 1 oz. light rum
&bull 1 oz. dark rum
&bull 1 oz. banana liqueur
&bull 1 oz. blackberry liqueur
&bull 1 oz. orange juice
&bull 1 oz. pineapple juice
&bull splash of grenadine

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh fruit.

The ultimate rum cocktail. Approach it carefully. Drink it slowly.

Ingredients

&bull 1/2 oz. white rum
&bull 1 1/2 oz. golden rum
&bull 1 oz. dark rum
&bull 1/2 oz. 151-proof rum
&bull 1 oz. lime juice
&bull 1 tsp. pineapple juice
&bull 1 tsp. papaya juice
&bull 1 tsp. superfine sugar

Stir together all the ingredients except the 151. Pour the mixture into a 14-ounce glass three-fourths full of cracked ice. Float the 151 as a lid by pouring it into a spoon and gently dipping it under the surface of the drink if the spirit moves you, take a match to it. Garnish with mint (either straight or dipped in lime juice and then superfine sugar) and/or fruit.


40+ Best Hawaiian Cocktails to Try at Home

Iconic Hawaiian Cocktail Recipes

MAI TAI

When I think of a signature Hawaiian cocktail, my mind immediately goes to a Mai Tai. It’s the perfect rum cocktail mixed with fresh tropical juices.

It’s hands down one of the most popular Hawaiian drinks.

HAWAIIAN MAI TAI WITH LILIKOI FOAM

This is a copycat Monkeypod Mai Tai recipe featuring their decadent Lilikoi Foam (which is Passion Fruit.) It will seriously knock your socks off!

HAWAIIAN LAVA FLOW

This Hawaiian Lava Flow recipe is creamy and smooth with strawberries, coconut and pineapple flavors for a refreshing tropical drink.

Out of all the popular Hawaiian cocktails, this is my husband’s favorite Hawaiian alcoholic drink!

BLUE HAWAIIAN COCKTAIL

A delightful blend of rum, coconut, pineapple and blue Curaçao, this Blue Hawaiian Cocktail Recipe is perfect for any occasion.

Plus, it’s one of the most popular Hawaii cocktails to try on a first trip to Hawaii!

ZOMIBIE

This classic Zombie cocktail was originally invented in 1934 for Hollywood’s Don the Beachomber restaurants. It’s the perfect vintage tropical drink .

PINA COLADA

This seriously delicious pina colada is a sweet cocktail made with rum, sweetened condensed coconut milk, a touch of nutmeg to kick it up a notch, and pineapple juice blended with crushed ice.

It’s one of the most popular fruity beach drinks.

Plus, these are easy Hawaiian drinks to whip up with items you can keep in your pantry.

TROPICAL BAILEY’S COLADA

This is similar to a traditional pina colada except that it also includes a ripe banana. It’s a fun twist on a popular tropical cocktail!

NEW ORLEANS HURRICANE HAWAIIAN COCKTAIL

Even those this recipe is billed as a “New Orleans” cocktail, hurricanes are also pretty popular in Hawaii. Plus, many Hawaiian drink recipes are inspired from other places.

STRAWBERRY DAQUIRI

This is my favorite Strawberry Daiquiri recipe because there is no ice involved. That means, you won’t end up with a watered down Hawaii drink if you like to take your time sipping.

JACK SPARROW MANGO SOUR

This tropical Mango Sour cocktail is a blend of rum, mango, and Caribbean flavors that will have you sailing the seven seas in no time.

PINEAPPLE COCONUT MALIBU RUM SUMMER HAWAIIAN COCKTAIL

Add some Malibu coconut rum, pineapple juice, ginger ale, and grenadine syrup for such a yummy Hawaiian-inspired cocktail.

These Hawaiian alcoholic drinks can be whipped up in batches for a tropical pool party!

TROPICAL RUM PUNCH SLUSHIES

This frozen rum punch is so easy to make, especially if you just mix together and pop in the freezer!

It’s a super tasty Hawaiian rum drink.

Tropical Margarita Hawaiian Cocktails

FROZEN MERMAID MARGARITA

Looking for the ultimate summer cocktail with a tropical twist? The Mermaid Margarita blends tequila, triple sec, blue curacao, lime juice, and honey.

GRILLED PINEAPPLE COCONUT MARGARITA

Pineapple is delicious on all on its own, but grilling it brings out a whole new depth of flavor. This Grilled Pineapple Coconut Margarita is easy to make and perfect as a tropical cocktail!

PERFECT PINEAPPLE MARGARITA

I think what makes this Pineapple Margarita so perfect is the secret ingredient: Vanilla! It’s definitely a tasty Hawaiian alcoholic drink!

BLENDED MANGO MARGARITA

This delicious Blended Mango Margarita has no added sugar, so the true mango flavor pops through.

FROZEN WATERMELON MARGARITA

While not always considered a tropical fruit, fresh watermelon goes great with tart lime and refreshing mint for the ultimate Blended Watermelon Margarita.

More Delicious Hawaiian Cocktails Recipes

PINEAPPLE VODKA LEMONADE

This super easy tropical cocktail can be ready in just 2 minutes and it only requires a couple of ingredients. Just one sip of this Pineapple Vodka Lemonade will transport you to Hawaii!

While it’s not one of the most famous Hawaiian drinks, you’ll want to sip this all summer long!

STRAWBERRY PINEAPPLE MOJITO

The fresh strawberries, pineapple, lime, and mint really make this Strawberry Pineapple Mojito burst with flavor! It’s one of the tastiest Hawaiian mixed drinks!

MANGO PASSION FRUIT WINE SLUSHIE

Need a refreshing tropical wine slushie? Try this tasty mango passion fruit wine slushie recipe with just a bit of honey to showcase the sweet Hawaiian fruit!

FRUITY SORBET WINE SLUSHIES

Frozen fruit and white wine is blended up with with sorbet, topped with an addition scoop, and (preferably) served poolside. A kiddy pool will do just fine.

Heck, after a couple of these, you can just put your feet in a washbasin filled with water, turn your face to the sun, pretend you’re at a 5-star resort, and be happy.

LAYERED MIAMI VICE SHOT

Love a Miami Vice but don’t want to drink a full cocktail? Try out this Miami Vice shot!

It’s one of the prettiest tropical cocktail recipes.

WATERMELON RUM PUNCH

This summery drink uses fresh watermelon, ginger beer, rum, lime juice, and lemon juice. Doesn’t that sound refreshing?

And even though they are super pretty, they are actually easy Hawaiian cocktails to make!

CITRUS ISLAND GUAVA HAWAIIAN COCKTAIL

The strong lemon flavor in this Hawaii cocktails recipe is perfectly balanced with the sweet guava flavor. Plus, there are notes of pineapple, papaya, and banana.

HIGH TIDE

A sweet, delicious rum cocktail with a touch of Midori citrus, the High Tide is a fabulous adult libation.

SPICY TROPICAL BOURBON HAWAII COCKTAIL

If you like your drinks sweet and spicy, this cocktail is right up your alley! It’s got grapefruit, pineapple, and fresh kiwi.

RASPBERRY AND PINEAPPLE SLUSHIE COCKTAIL

Take a trip to the tropics with a delicious spiked raspberry Pineapple slushie .

VODKA PARTY PUNCH

This is a fun drink to make a big batch of and then freeze some to enjoy later. There are even some fun recipe twists to make it a bit different each time.

BAY BREEZE

This Hawaiian cocktail with vodka is a tropical twist to a Cape Codder. The pineapple is what sets it apart.

GREEN IGUANA HAWAIIAN COCKTAIL

This Hawaiian cocktail has a bit of vodka, rum, cream of coconut, Blue Curaçao and pineapple and orange juices. Yummy!

EASY PINEAPPLE WINE PUNCH

This pineapple wine punch only contains 4 ingredients: Moscato wine, pineapple juice, orange juice, and Sprite. Super easy and super tasty!

BLUE LAGOON

This blue cocktail only contains 3 ingredients and it’s as fun to make as it is to drink!

PINEAPPLE KISS

Sip this on a hot, summer day and it will feel like a pineapple-flavored kiss on the shores of Maui.

FRESH SIMPLE MALIBU PARADISE

Is there anything better than a pitcher of cocktails in the backyard on a warm, sunny day? This one has a splash of cranberry juice to give it a pop of color.

POG HAWAIIAN COCKTAIL (PASSION-ORANGE-GUAVA)

This yummy tropical cocktail uses Passion Fruit syrup, but you can always use Hawaiian POG juice, if your grocery store carries it.

BAHAMA MAMA HAWAIIAN COCKTAIL

This drink combines orange juice and pineapple juice with rum and grenadine for a beautiful Hawaiian sunset-colored cocktail.

PINEAPPLE MOJITO

While this drink originated in Cuba, the addition of pineapple gives it a nice Hawaiian twist perfect for a backyard luau or pool party.

SPICY MINI PINA COLADA HAWAIIAN COCKTAILS

This Pina Colada recipe finishes with a sprinkle of hot chili peppers!

CARIBBEAN SUNSET

The tropical flavors of coconut, pineapple and lime blend together beautifully for an island inspired rum cocktail, Caribbean Sunset. An easy recipe, this tropical drink will be your most requested cocktail at your summer Happy Hours!

TROPICAL PASSION FRUIT SANGRIA

This easy white sangria is made with white wine, rum, and tropical flavors like pineapple, orange, mango, lychee and a passion fruit syrup.

ALOHA SUNSET WINE HAWAIIAN COCKTAIL

Nothing says summer like this Aloha Sunset Wine Cocktail. The Sauvignon Blanc includes hints of the tropics and this drink is a refreshing way to beat the summer heat.

BLUE HAWAIIAN JELLO SHOTS

If you’re having friends over for any summer party or backyard luau, then these Blue Hawaiian JELLO shots are a fun addition!

Best Hawaiian Mocktails

HAWAIIAN MANGO LEMONADE

This Hawaiian juice blends together fresh or frozen mango with lemon juice to create a tasty Hawaii tropical drink that’s non-alcoholic.

FROZEN PINEAPPLE AND MANGO MOCKTAIL

This is a super easy Hawaiian mocktail that uses fresh pineapple, frozen mango, coconut water, and ice for a refreshing summer drink recipe. Plus, there’s no sugar added, so it’s pretty healthy!

DALGONA STYLE NON ALCOHOLIC PINA COLADA MILK

This is an updated twist on a classic Hawaii cocktail recipe. It features Dalgona-style whipped coconut froth for the top of this virgin Hawaiian drink.

VIRGIN PINA COLADA

This Whole30 mocktail is a non-alcoholic take on a traditional Coconut Mojito. It’s super simple to make and so tasty to drink!


Cocktail Popsicle: Mango Maui Mai Tai

Icy cold cocktail popsicles seem apropos for the current heat wave.

Mango Maui Mai Tai Popsicle

Let me start by saying the term “heat wave” is totally relative. Forget the fact that calling 80 degree weather a heat wave may be completely inaccurate to a meteorologist or it might be met with disbelieving sideways glances from the other adult occupant of my home.

Because you know what is not doable in a heat wave. . . .

House work. Cleaning a house in this type of weather might land one in the hospital from heat exhaustion.

Laundry. Who needs clothes in this weather? We were born naked.

Meal making. Firing up the stove in this heat? That’s crazy talk. Things have been known to spontaneously combust in extreme heat.

So you see, I may or may not have been using these excuses in response to the aforementioned house duties. And I may or may not be using the term “heat wave” as my season pass to laziness.

If you find yourself suffering from a heat wave, try to remind those in your life the dire consequences of being over worked by household non-essentials, then mix up some of these cocktail popsicles and get cool.


Mai Tais and Music in Waikiki, Oahu


Ilikea’s Mai Tai from the Wai’olu Ocean View Lounge at Trump International Hotel Waikiki. Photo- Trump International Hotel Waikiki

I was born and raised on Oahu. But I just can’t help myself when I come home to Honolulu, I head straight for the ocean and dive in. Then I dry off, order up a Mai Tai and watch the orange sun slowly color the ocean to gold and wait for the green flash when it dips his head under the Pacific.

Purists tell me, “The Mai Tai isn’t even a Hawaiian drink.” To that I always answer that the only truly Hawaiian drink is awa, a ceremonial pounded or chewed root, and you aren’t going to stick an umbrella and orchid in it.

I have several favorite spots I want to share with you to enjoy a Mai Tai and music. I love each of them for a different reason. So grab your suit, a change of clothes and “holo holo” with me to chase the sunset and listen to some of the best music in Hawaii.

Chic Sip: Trump International Waikiki Hotel is a relative newcomer to the scene. From their elegant sixth-floor Wai’olu Ocean View Lounge you can try their Bacardi award-winning version of a Mai Tai (recipe is included here) Called Ilikea’s Mai Tai. Drinks are top-tier, pupu delicious and the sunset is spectacular looking Ewa direction over towards the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and Fort DeRussy beach to the ocean. They have served over thirty thousand of these so far. The hotel has just received the prestigious five star award for excellence by Forbes so they have the service covered, and the music and the international people there will be beautiful. Wear your high-heeled sandals and a pretty dress. Music varies from Hawaiian to contemporary each evening.

Perfect Beach Views: The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is a full-service resort with many facets. I like to plant myself in the lanai area of the Tropics Bar & Grill at the Ali’i Tower, a hotel within the hotel, well before the visitors have had time to shower and change. People watching is at its finest and soon the music sets the tone for the sunset. You might find Henry Kapono a popular Hawaiian signer accompanying your sunset, but certainly order the Village Mai Tai off the HHV Classic Hawaii menu. Layers of carmel colored rums and juices are topped off most appropriately with a premium rum float and the prerequisite orchid and pineapple garnish. Stick a straw in me, I am done.Hawaiian-Style: Kani Ka Pila Grille in the Outrigger Reef On The Beach is steps from the Halekulani (another fave of mine is their House Without a Key). Although the venue itself is not on the beach, the Kani Ka Pila Grille serves up delicious local-style food along with live Hawaiian music every night. We call these shared bites pupu, so order several plates to enjoy tapas-style.The food and drinks are reasonable by Waikiki standards and very good. Up your local vibe and pick up a flower lei to wear or to give away at Aunty Bellas Lei Stand on Kalakaua Avenue in front of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, but get there early for a table near the band. The beauty of this place is that it is one of the last places in Waikiki the locals feel at home. They come to relax and listen to the best of the Hawaiian music scene and many get up to dance an impromptu hula. You will love it.

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Hawaiian-Style: Kani Ka Pila Grille in the Outrigger Reef On The Beach is steps from the Halekulani (another fave of mine is their House Without a Key). Although the music venue itself is not on the beach, the Kani Ka Pila Grille serves up delicious local-style food along with live Hawaiian music every night. We call these shared bites pupu, so order several plates to enjoy tapas-style.The food and drinks are reasonable by Waikiki standards and very good. Up your local vibe and pick up a flower lei to wear or to give away at Aunty Bellas Lei Stand on Kalakaua Avenue in front of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, but get there early for a table near the band. The beauty of this place is that it is one of the last places in Waikiki the locals feel at home. They come to relax and listen to the best of the Hawaiian music scene and many get up to dance an impromptu hula. You will love it.

Casual Elegance Options: Not in Waikiki but just around Diamond Head by car, you’ll pass the Diamond Head Lighthouse and lookout. Take Kahala Avenue to the end and you’ll be at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. The Kahala is a genteel place, a favorite of Jack Lord who used to live next door, and many kings, business titans and rock stars. I always get the best feeling dropping my car at the front with the valet and waltzing through the open air lobby to stand and marvel at the thousands of pieces of beach glass in the lobby chandeliers before making my way to a table in The Veranda lounge for live piano jazz weeknights and Hawaiian Music on Saturdays and Sundays. Sit alfresco on the open terrace and enjoy views of the beach and ocean while listening to music and sipping one of their apres sunset Mai Tais with pupu, or head down to oceanfront Plumeria Beach House for a sunset dinner. You can always start with a Mai Tai here, watch the sun go down and listen only to the music of the waves on the sand. Simply check the venues online to decide.


Sparkling Cranberry Punch from Taste and Tell – This is one of my very favorites. It comes together so fast, and that pink color is so gorgeous!

Cranberry Cutie from This Week For Dinner – this one not only looks festive, but it’s gorgeous as well!

Spiced Cider Punch from Taste and Tell – I love that this one is served cold. And that it really packs a punch of flavor!

Iced Chocolate from Taste and Tell – chocolate lovers will go crazy for this indulgent drink complete with a scoop of gelato.

Cranberry Spritzer from Taste and Tell – all you need are 2 ingredients for this super easy mocktail recipe!

Cranberry Apple Spritzer from Belle Vie – I obviously have a thing for cranberry mocktails, and this sounds like another fantastic one!

Virgin Frozen Margaritas from Taste and Tell – Margaritas aren’t just for Taco Tuesday!

Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail from La Fuji Mama – you can’t tell me this doesn’t look fantastic! Blackberries and vanilla seem like a match made in heaven.

Shirley Temple from Damn Delicious – The most simple, yet maybe one of my favorites – the classic Shirley Temple!

Sparkling Cucumber Limeade from Taste and Tell – cucumber, mint and limeade – such refreshing flavors – this one doesn’t have to be just for summer!

Raspberry Fizz from Jo Cooks – only 4 ingredients make up this refreshing mocktail that’s great all year round!

Homemade Slurpee Recipe from Taste and Tell – this isn’t as much of a mocktail as it is just a fun drink, but I love how adaptable this is. You could make so many flavors!

Moscow Mule from Our Best Bites – I want to make this one just for the mug!

Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellinis from Taste and Tell – Both sweet and tart, these Virgin Pomegranate Cranberry Bellinis are a delicious mocktail for any celebration!

Non-Alcoholic Sangria from Real Mom Kitchen – I love all of the fruitiness of this one, and I bet that mint simple syrup is so refreshing!

Hot Apple Cider from Taste and Tell – Apple cider, citrus juice and spices make up this drink that will warm you up from the inside out.

Strawberry Pineapple Shaker Upper from Something Swanky – this looks like the perfect way to have a taste of summer any time of year!

Roy Rogers from Recipe Boy – the opposite of a Shirley Temple – this Roy Rogers is sure to please!

Ginger Lime Spritzer from Taste and Tell – Ginger and lime come together in this satisfying and refreshing Ginger Lime Spritzer.

Princess Nojito from Taste and Tell – Not your normal mojito!! This non-alcoholic Nojito mocktail is based off of the nojito served on Princess cruises.

Non-Alcoholic Juicy Julep from Completely Delicious – I’ll take this drink anytime – derby or not!

Honey Lemon Balm Spritzer from She Wears Many Hats – I LOVE lemon, so this one is definitely calling out to me!

Blackberry Lime Soda from Taste and Tell – You can make your own fancy soda at home!! This Blackberry Lime Soda is sweet and sour and tart and refreshing – a delicious mocktail!

Ginger-Cinnamon Apple Cider Mocktail from Rachel Cooks – I’m a sucker when it comes to ginger, so I have a feeling this one could be a favorite!

Blackberry Lemon Mocktail from Running to the Kitchen – lemons and berries – you can’t beat that flavor combination!

Sparkling Peach Punch from Carlsbad Cravings – I am a peach lover, so I know this peach mocktail will be a family favorite!

Christmas Mocktails from Lauren’s Latest – Sweet and fruity, this one would be great for any celebration!

Basil and Mint Lemonade from Taste and Tell – the basil in this simple drink really makes it!

Cranberry Apple Crush from The Recipe Critic – This is a spicy drink that is served warm. Sounds perfect for a cold night!

Frost Bite Mocktail from The Little Kitchen – fruity with a little bit of sour lime added in – this is just the perfect mocktail for a New Year’s celebration!

Persian Pomegranate Mocktail from Tori Avey – I love the combination of sweet and tart in this unique mocktail!

Limeade Punch from The Girl Who Ate Everything – This sounds super easy and delicious, but the color is what is calling me!

Italian Soda from Oh Sweet Basil – Italian sodas are favorites for adults and kids, so you know this one will be a hit!

Warm Berry Cider from Chocolate and Carrots – I love that this one is warm – sounds amazing!

Fruit Freeze from Taste and Tell – The perfect beverage for when you want to cool down, this one is super easy to make ahead of time, and can feed a crowd.

Banana Pina Colada from Tasty Yummies – I love the addition of the banana to make this a real tropical treat.

Cran-Raspberry Sorbet Bellini from Country Cleaver – Sorbet in your mocktail? Count me in!

Sparkling Ginger Lemon Mocktail from Snixy Kitchen – There is a fun love story attached to this delicious mocktail, so make sure to head over and read that one!

Juicy Mango Margarita from Healthy Happy Life – This is a drink I could be happy sitting back with!

Ginger Mojito Mocktail from Taste as You Go – I have a secret obsession with ginger, so sign me up for one of these!

The Best Party Punch from No Biggie – this is the perfect beverage for a crowd!

Ginger Ale Mint Limeade from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe – Ginger, mint and lime – what’s not to love?

Caramel Apple Pie Mocktail from Merry About Town – this would be so perfect for fall, but I know I’d enjoy it year round!

Strawberry Margarita Mocktail from Life Straight Up – fruity and fabulous- this is a must!

Mai Tai Mocktail from Liz on Call – a super easy mocktail recipe that everyone will love.

Holiday Punch from Taste and Tell – sweet and fizzy, this one is always a kid favorite.

Jingle Juice Holiday Mocktail from No Biggie – if you are looking to serve a crowd, this holiday mocktail is for you!

Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail from Purely Katie – I am mesmerized by the pretty pink color in this mocktail! The rosemary simple syrup addition makes this a sophisticated drink – perfect for an adults only party.

Very Berry Spritzer from Deliciously Sprinkled – yes to all the berries!!

Disneyland Mint Julep Copycat from Six Sisters Stuff – I love the Disneyland version, so I know I’d love this copycat at home!

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The Perfect “Tropical Sunset” Afternoon Tea at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Situated in the countryside of Mae Rim valley, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is perfectly located within close proximity of the region’s best fruit and vegetable farms. As leaders in sustainable practices in Thailand, these farms provide the highest quality of produce that make for perfect experiments in Executive Pastry Chef Yanisa Wiangnon’s kitchen.

“We source passion fruit, mango, longan and lychees within minutes of the Resort. Our partnerships with small scale farmers give us an opportunity to truly focus on the quality of produce,” shares Yanisa, who has created a delectable new afternoon tea menu using the freshest tropical fruits. With no added colours or flavouring, each dish is brought to life with the perfect pairing of textures, giving guests a true taste of Thailand’s tropical bounty.

Starting off with the sweet-tangy passionfruit Sorbet, Yanisa then showcases how savoury and fruit combine in recipes such as salmon souffle with young coconut and mango shrimp roll. “I like to bring Thailand’s traditions to the fore in my recipes,” she smiles. “Spring rolls are such a favourite here – the sweet and spicy flavours of the mango shrimp roll are just the perfect ode.” The souffle too, is inspired by the Thai hor-mok – light and fluffy, best when eaten hot-out-of-the-oven.

Is It a Longan or a Lychee?

Often mistaken for each other, longans and lychees have very distinct flavours. Yanisa’s scones made with longans and mini cakes with lychees truly bring out the flavour of each of these tropical fruits. “The longan's chewy sweetness with clotted cream or the organic Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai strawberry jam is a must-try,” she grins. The mini cakes on the other hand, are shaped like lychees and served with white chocolate mousse and lychee confiture, satiating any lychee craving one may have.

Rambutan or Durian – What’s Your Pick?

The rambutan panna cotta is all about the texture: the smooth, velvety cream holds up in a spoon but melts in the mouth, while the rambutan on the top adds that perfect sweet and juicy flavour. For the bold and out-there, Yanisa’s signature durian salted cheese tart is recommended. It’s not just any durian that this expert pastry wiz uses. “I selected durian mhon-thong for its rich and sweet flavours,” she explains, “Don’t worry about the smell, go for the flavours - if you are looking for something not-too-sweet, then this should be your pick.” Topped with salted egg, these tarts surprise with a medley of flavours and textures to end the afternoon.

“I love using tropical fruits in my desserts as they naturally lend the warmth, sweetness and sour flavours that make for a perfect pastry,” shares Yanisa. “Come try these exotic flavours and more, overlooking the lush tropical paddies and enjoy that perfect ‘tropical sunset’ with us.”


This Boozy Cupcake Recipe Will Give You Drinks and Dessert in One Bite

Prohibition Bakery, New York City’s original boozy cupcake company, was established on the Lower East Side in 2011 by classically trained chef Brooke Siem and baker-and-bartender Leslie Feinberg. The concept was invented entirely by accident amidst a Google chat in which Siem suggested getting 𠇍runk while baking to take the edge off." The duo has since created miniature, baked versions of their favorite cocktails for a living, and recently came out with a cookbook, Prohibition Bakery ($13 amazon.com), so you can whip up these tiny tipsy treats at home. “We’ve created 55 original recipes just for you,” write Siem and Feinberg, “Which means you have 55 opportunities to impress your friends or your mother-in-law.” To begin, check out the Mai Tai recipe below.

Makes: 60 mini cupcakes

1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup plain yogurt
2½ tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp orange zest
2 eggs
1 mini cupcake tin and paper liners

Filling
1 cup Pineapple Sauce (see below)
1/4 cup golden rum

Frosting
1 stick butter, unsalted
1 lb confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup coconut rum
4 tsp grenadine

Garnish
Cherry (optional)

Pineapple Sauce (makes 3/4 cup)
Candy thermometer
1 cup diced pineapple
1 cup sugar

1. To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 325ଏ. Line mini cupcake tins with paper liners.
2. Place flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and combine. Set aside.
3. Combine yogurt, olive oil, coconut oil, sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until incorporated.
4. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl.
5. Mix until just combined, taking care not to overbeat.
6. Fill the cupcake tins to the halfway point.
7. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack before filling or frosting.
8. To make the Pineapple Sauce: puree 1 cup pineapple. Heat pureed pineapple and sugar in a saucepan over low/medium heat.
9. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until it reaches 220ଏ. The mixture will be very thick.
10. Remove the mixture from heat and transfer it to an airtight, heat-proof container. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
11. To make the filling: Whisk the Pineapple Sauce until smooth.
12. Add golden rum 1 tbs at a time, stirring thoroughly between additions.
13. Transfer the Pineapple sauce/rum mixture to a squeeze bottle.
14. To make the frosting: With an electric mixer, beat butter with the paddle attachment until fluffy.
15. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add confectioners’ sugar until fluffy, with no lumps or air bubbles.
16. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag.
17. Assembly: When cupcakes are cool, core each cupcake with a small pastry tip. If you don’t have a pastry tip, poke a hole in the middle of the cupcake with a narrow-bladed knife (a steak knife will do).
18. Fill the cavity with the Pineapple Sauce/rum mixture, taking care not to let it overflow.
19. Frost as desired. Garnish with a cherry (optional).


Watch the video: Mai Tai