Year of the Dragon Mai Tai

Our thanks to James Shoemaker, head bartender at Dazoo restaurant (formerly in Pa‘ia), for sharing the recipe for his Year of the Dragon Mai Tai.


mai tai recipesIngredients:

  • 4 chunks fresh pineapple
  • 2 amarena cherries (available in gourmet food aisles, or substitute 1/2 shot of cherry liqueur)
  • 1 ounce Maui Platinum Rum
  • 1/2 ounce ‘okolehao (made by Maui Rum)
  • 1/2 ounce ginger lemongrass syrup (See recipe below.)
  • 1/2 ounce lime
  • 2 dashes of Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
  • 1/2 ounce Maui Dark Rum

Method: Muddle pineapple and cherries together. Add next five ingredients, shake with ice and strain over rocks. Top with the dark rum.

Ginger Lemongrass Syrup Ingredients:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste (or substitute fresh ginger, muddled)
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste (or substitute fresh lemongrass, muddled)

Method: Bring water to boil in a pot. Add ginger and lemongrass and whisk. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, then transfer to a jar and refrigerate.


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