Ahh, the Mai Tai! Probably my favorite alcoholic drink to get when I’m on Hawaii. It seems silly to only get a Mai Tai when I’m on the islands but when I think of food/drinks on Hawaii I automatically think of the plate lunch, Kona coffee, Mai Tai and a Piña Colada, all of which happen to be my favorite things!
Before we get into the Mai Tais I got while on Kauai and Maui lets talk about what a typical Mai Tai consists of. Most current recipes for a Mai Tai include rum, lime juice, orgeat syrup, and an orange liqueur, typically orange curaçao. Some variations may include orange and grapefruit juices, bitters, grenadine, falernum, etc. I should say I’m not a BIG drinker, every time we went to dinner I did get a Mai Tai. The criteria used to judge each Mai Tai is as follows; look, taste, decoration,value for price. We used a 1-5 scale, 1 being the worst, 5 being the best. There were a couple that my mom did not try so for those I added up the scores and divided by 3 instead of 4. Ok, with that said, lets get into the ones I tasted.
Holohologrill’s Mai Tai was pretty to look at. It had a decent amount of dark rum floating on top. It came with a slice of lime, a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry which I’ve never seen before but I was not mad it was there. For me it had a little too much orange juice and not enough rum. All four of us got one (my parents, sister and I) it didn’t get a very high rating from any of us. The overall downfall was the orange juice, that flavor dominated everything but the redeeming factor oddly enough was the maraschino cherry.
Address: 2641 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI
Average score: 4
Verde’s Hibiscus Mai Tai was not only pretty but it was delicious! The decoration on top was just a simple flower and leaf, which I liked no need to add a bunch of unnecessary stuff. It had fantastic tropical juices and hibiscus in it with a dark rum floater. I was the only one who got the Mai Tai here but my sister and dad tried mine, they both enjoyed it as well. The Hibiscus Mai Tai got a perfect score from me and a near perfect score from my dad, my sister also rated this Mai Tai highly. I could have easily had a few more, it was so good.
Address: 4454 Nuhou St, Ste 501, Lihue, HI
Price: can’t remember but it was well worth it
Average Score: 4.6
Kauai Mai Tai winner: Verde!!!
Aloha Mixed Plate’s Mai Tai is made with fresh pineapple, fresh orange juice, light and dark rum. It looks like your typical Mai Tai, which isn’t a bad thing. The decoration is a simple flower on top. Pre-stirring in of the dark rum and it is strong! Once everything is mixed together, the drink becomes a little bit sweeter. It has a strong orange juice taste, I didn’t get much of the pineapple which was kind of disappointing. The one thing I could have done without, is the orange juice pulp at the bottom of the drink, I love that they use fresh orange juice but the pulp was the downfall. Overall it was a solid traditional Mai Tai.
Address: 1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI
Average Score: 3.7
Lahaina Pizza Co.’s Mai Tai is their original recipe. It has Grand Marnier, Myer’s Rum, Myer’s Dark Rum, fruit liquors, and tropical juices! It comes in the cutest glass with a flower and a decent size slice of pineapple. You can definitely taste the rum in this Mai Tai, it’s a little on the sweet side after you mix everything together but I think it helps balance out the rum. It scored fairly high with two of us, it got a solid 3.8 from one of us (can’t remember who) for being too sweet and my mom did not try this one unfortunately.
Address: 730 Front St, Lahaina, HI
Maui Winner: Lahaina Pizza Co!!
Overall Mai Tai winner: Verde!!!
I know there are a LOT more Mai Tais to be had on the islands and I will continue to try as many as I can and review them, but for now these are the results. I guess the question is can I find a Mai Tai better than Verde or LPC?
Where is your favorite place to get a Mai Tai on any of the Hawaiian Islands? Have you tried any of the ones in this post? Let me know in the comments below!