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The perfect accessory for a stunning cocktail ring? A libation created by Freddie Sconfienza, Starwood Resorts’ 2013 starMixologist. You’ll find him behind the bar at Tropica in the Westin Maui — this year’s Gold ‘Aipono Award winner for Best Cocktails.


Compiled by Conn Brattain | Photography by Sue Hudelson

best maui cocktails


clockwise from stirrer: Rose Dew ring with pave of sapphires and peacock Tahitian pearl set in 18k rose gold vermeil, $1,795 at Nalu Pearl • 14k gold vermeil and pink sapphire rings (set of 3) by Marcia Moran, $196 at Nuage Bleu • garnet set in 22k gold vermeil geometric band, $184 by and at Indigo • 18k rose gold 0.45 cttw diamond and 3.31 cttw amethyst ring by Como Italia, $4,740 at Baron & Leeds

dragonberry bomb cocktail recipeDRAGONBERRY BOMB RECIPE

  • 1½ oz Bacardi Dragonberry Rum
  • ¾ oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 3-4 nos Fresh Blackberries
  • ½ oz Limes (freshly squeezed)
  • ½ oz Sugar Cane Syrup
  • 1 cup Ice Cubes
  1. Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Muddle for a few seconds, then shake vigorously.
  3. Serve in a low bar rock glass or bucket glass.
  4. Garnish and ready to serve.


clockwise from pineapple: rough- and rose-cut yellow sapphires in 22k gold, custom order, price on request, at Studio 22 • 18k yellow gold ring with 6.20 cttw of rhodolite, peridot, amethyst, green tourmaline, citrine and 0.11 cttw diamonds by Bellarri Marietta, $3,400 at Na Hoku • red coral with faceted crystal quartz overlay in sterling silver, $495 at Nalu Pearl • Monsoon ring in 18k white gold with black diamond pave and akoya pearl by Andrew Schulman, $3,699 at Maui Master Jewelers

thai tai cocktail recipeTHAI TAI RECIPE

  • ½ oz Silver Rum
  • ½ oz Ginger Liquor
  • 4-5 leaves Cilantro
  • ¾ oz Dark Rum Float
  • ¾ oz Mango Puree
  • 1/8 oz Lemon, Lime and Basil Syrup
  • ½ oz Fresh Lime
  • 1 cup Ice Cubes

Lemon, Lime and Basil Syrup

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 stalks Lemon Grass
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ oz Kaffir Lime
  • ½ tsp Vegan Red Curry Paste
  • Handful Thai Basil
  1. Chop lemon grass, kaffir lime and Thai basil into small pieces.
  2. Add water and chopped ingredients in a sauce pan.
  3. Gently stir and bring to boil.
  4. Remove sauce pan from heat.
  5. Add sugar and stir until sugar dissolves.
  6. Cover sauce pan for 30 minutes.
  7. Chill in cooler for 2 hours.
  8. Pour into serving container.
  9. Set aside.


clockwise from lime slice: 18k white gold flexible band with 2.18 cttw diamonds and 2.30 carat emerald by Como Italia, $18,340 at Baron & Leeds • Match & Dazzle crystal rings in assorted colors, $105 each at Folli Follie • triple-tier emerald and 24k gold-fill ring, $360 by and atPink by Nature • Da Bombe 1.25ct tsavorite and Tahitian black South Sea pearl ring set in 18k yellow and white gold, one of a kind (size 5 only), by Andrew Schulman, $10,000 at Maui Master Jewelers

upcountry spice cocktail recipeUPCOUNTRY SPICE RECIPE:

  • 1½ oz Stoli Orange Vodka
  • ¾ oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • ¼ oz Passion Fruit Syrup
  • ½ oz Lime (freshly squeezed)
  • 3 nos Kula Strawberries (fresh)
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ oz Soda Water
  • 1 cup Ice Cubes
  1. Muddle the strawberries in a cocktail shaker for 5 to 10 seconds.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (except soda water) and shake well.
  3. Pour into a pilsner glass.
  4. Top with a splash of soda water.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lime.
  6. Ready to serve.


clockwise from center of rim: yellow and grey Tahitian pearls on 14k gold-fill wire by Cheyenne, $240 at Nuage Bleu • Love Letters rings (set of 2) with iconic monogram flowers in silver and gold finishes and Swarovski® crystals, price on request. At Louis Vuitton • Peruvian opal cabochon set in sterling silver, $675 at Nalu Pearl • 10mm South Sea pearl with 0.60 cttw of channel-set diamonds in 14k yellow gold, $2,399, by and at Na Hoku.

fresh and hot maui cocktailFRESH & HOT COCKTAIL RECIPE:

  • 1½ oz Vodka
  • ¾ 0z Elderflower Liqueur
  • ½ oz Fresh Lemon
  • 2 slices Fresh Cucumber
  • 3-4 leaves Fresh Basil
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 cup Ice Cubes
  1. Muddle a slice of cucumber in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Shake and strain into a Martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and basil leaf.
  5. Ready to serve.

Where to buy:

  • Baron & Leeds, The Shops at Wailea, 874-4900; Whalers Village, 661-6806; baronandleeds.com
  • Folli Follie, The Shops at Wailea, 879-5467, follifollie.com
  • Indigo, 149 Hana Hwy, Pa‘ia, 579-9199, indigopaia.com
  • Louis Vuitton, The Shops at Wailea, 875-6980; Whalers Village, 667-6114; louisvuitton.com
  • Maui Master Jewelers, 3655 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, 573-5400, mauimasterjewelers.com
  • Na Hoku, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, 275 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave, Kahului, 893-2110; Whalers Village, 667-5411; nahoku.com
  • Nalu Pearl, Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 2365 Ka‘anapali Pkwy, Ka‘anapali, 662-6258. nalupearl.com
  • Nuage Bleu, 76 Hana Hwy, Pa‘ia, 579-9792, nuagebleu.com
  • Pink by Nature, 3663 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, 572-9567
  • The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, Wailea
  • Studio 22k, 161B Hana Hwy, Pa‘ia, 579-8167, studio22k.com
  • Whalers Village, 2435 Ka‘anapali Pkwy, Ka‘anapali


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