For Waikiki beachfront hotel Halekulani to be the birthplace of the iconic Mai Tai cocktail you know they’re serving up some tantalizing cocktails with their newest selections for summer. Halekulani will offer three different specialty cocktails this season and they are the “Cachaca Samba,” “Mango Mint Freeze” and “Charlie Chan.” You’ve got to love it when the title alone peaks your interest. All of the cocktails just mentioned (along with the Mai Tai) will be served at Halekulani’s Orchids restaurant, by their pool area, and also at their outdoor gathering spot which is cleverly titled House Without a Key. If you won’t be passing through the Halekulani anytime soon I’ve got the recipes for all three new cocktails so you can whip these up yourself.
Cachaca Samba (Pictured Above)
1 ½ ounce Cachaca
½ ounce Cedilla Acai Berry Liqueur
3 lime wedges cut in halves
½ ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce rock candy syrup
Place the lime wedges in a mixing glass and muddle briskly with juice and rock candy syrup, then add cachaca and 1 scoop of ice and shake well. Pour into a double old –fashioned glass (do not strain), add more ice if needed and serve with a float of Cedilla. Garnish with orchid.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful King & Prince Beach Resort located on Georgia’s St. Simons Island as part of a media visit. And the goal of my visit was to get the skinny on any and everything Lushworthy at the resort and it turned out to be quite the easy feat. From the frozen cocktails served at the oh so inviting pool area to local liquors used in the cocktails at the resorts King’s Tavern restaurant you’d be hard pressed not to get your cocktail fix at the King & Prince.
Fun (And Cocktails) In The Sun
I can honestly only think of about eight things that are better than enjoying a frozen cocktail by the beach. The King & Prince recently underwent a pricey renovation to their pool area and from the looks of it it was well worth it. The pool area features two pools and a number of beach chairs and plenty of room to lay out and get your sip on. The part of the pool area which I fell in love with was directly in front of the pools and just above the beach area. You get an amazing view of the ocean and I even saw a few dolphins! Now on to the cocktails.
Pools in paradise, does it really get much better than that? One might think not, but with the opening of Aruba Marriott Resort’s new adults-only H2Oasis pool it’s about to. I’m gonna be really honest with you guys for a second. When I’m on vacation in some tropical country, relaxing in a pool, sipping on a delicious cocktail do you know what really irks me? When little, five-year-old Billy throws an inflatable volleyball at my head. Definitely a mood killer. Kids are cool, but there’s certain environments where it’s nice to just be with yur fellow adults. H2Oasis is exactly that. It’s an adults-only pool where you won’t have to worry about Billy flicking a booger into your mojito. And from what I’ve heard they’re also serving up some killer cocktails. Here’s a little more information on H2Oasis:
“The new 10,000 square foot adults-only pool and lounge area offers adult guests of the Aruba Marriott Resort respite from ‘family time.’ The area features private cabanas for lounging or receiving professional massages, and supplies plentiful adult libations as well as the occasional DJ party.”
The drink recipe below is just a small sample of what you can expect at H2Oasis.
Sorry I wasn’t able to get a better picture of this magnificent pina colada, but as you can imagine I was too busy drinking it. But man was it delicious. And the best part is it was served right at the restaurant in our hotel, Hotel La Playa. The restaurant is called La Playita and on top of serving up great food and drinks it’s right on the beach and features amazing views of the ocean. Unlike most restaurants La Playita doesn’t use any pre-mixed concoctions to make their pina coladas instead their drink is made in a blender using fresh ingredients. And I’m about 95% sure they use Coco Lopez a.k.a. the key ingredient in the best pina coladas to make their drinks. So tasty.
Now I hate to do it, but I feel obligated to tell you about the worst pina colada I had in Puerto Rico. It was in the casino at the Ritz Carlton in Isla Verde. Have you ever had a pina colada that tasted like what sunblock smells like? Well, the Ritz Carlton pina colada is exactly that. I’ll give them a pass since it was one of those free casino drinks, but something that nasty shouldn’t even be given out for free.
Of course I would find the cheapest rum and Coke’s in Puerto Rico on my last night there. Then again maybe it was for the better. While walking around the streets of Isla Verde at night I stumbled across Billiard Palace and their magnificent $3.50 rum and Coke’s. The liquor they used to make my drink was Bacardi which I was somewhat surprised at because of the low price. The drinks were pretty strong too. So if you ever find yourself in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico on one of those “I really want to hang, but my spending money is looking quite famished nights” then Billiard Palace is the spot for you.
Now when you’ve spent a full day walking around the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and you’re trying to find a restaurant to fill your empty stomach the first thing you notice when checking out a restaurants menu is the food, right? Well if you’re the Lushworthy type like myself you probably can’t help but check out their drink menu first. So when we found Jamaican restaurant Blessed Cafe my eyes immediately went to their drink menu, their rum punch menu in particular. And there were quite a few Lushworthy choices to choose from.
I ended up getting the “Caribbean Splash” which was both tasty and potent, my kind of drink. And I had a Corona with dinner which consisted of curry chicken, rice & beans, and a side salad. It was all just as delicious as the drink. Blessed Cafe was an all around amazing experience. The owner Tony was super friendly, I was loving the Bob Marley they were playing, and they were showing “Cool Runnings” on the TV above the bar! Looove that movie!