Monkeypod Mai Tai

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."


tropical mai tai recipeIngredients:

  • 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 canister, refrigerated.


  1. Just came back from Aulani – Went to Monkeypod multiple times – Bad ass mai tai. Getting the infuser now to make these at home. Def a must have.

  2. THANK YOU!!! I just moved from Kailua, a frequent visitor to Moku Kitchen. Clearly the best Mai Tai in ANY of the 50 states. Now that i’m in Colorado Springs, this is a frequent request from friends. I’ll admit, finding the lilikoi purée was not the easiest but once i had that, this was a done deal! If you are taking to a party, make the purée early, put it in fridge, ok to store in foamer canister. I also make the majority of the cocktail early, leaving out the lime juice to shake at the party and the rum to float as i pour the drink. Quite a hit!!

  3. Absolutely the BEST MAI TAI on ANY of the Hawaiian Islands!!! #808Living
    I’ve lived on Big Island, Kauai, and now Maui….Monkeypod has the Mai Tai down to a science……It’s not a cocktail, it’s a mixologists dream! That drink is what keeps me coming back!!!!!!


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