Pro tip: save old corks

We almost had a big problem when I couldn’t open my bottle of beloved Saint Benevolence Rum Clairin, and then broke the cork!

Thankfully, I was able to extract the remaining cork using a wine corkscrew. And then I used a cork from an old empty bottle.

The Saint Benevolence Rum Clairin is a delicious and savory rum that is different than the pot still rums from Jamaica or Barbados, but also not the same as rhums from Martinique. It is heavy, but not grassy. Super flavorful even in a Mai Tai. Seek it out.

Lilikoi Mai Tai at Pacific Catch

For the second summer in a row we have to give credit where it is due, with another fabulous seasonal menu for summer at Pacific Catch. Last year it was tiki and this year it is “Endless Summer” but in both cases the cocktail options are pretty good.

Regular readers know that Island Mai Tais are not exactly my thing, but the Pacific Catch Lilikoi Mai Tai is fabulous. I truly loved it and ordered a second that was just as good. The cocktail features Flor de Cana Silver, Wray & Nephew Overproof, passionfruit, “house mai tai mix,” and a Lahaina dark rum float. This certainly leaned more to the sweet side rather than the tart side, but it wasn’t overpowering with fruit like most Island Mai Tais are. I liked the flavor of the dark rum float, too. This Mai Tai is very likely going to end up on my top 10 list. Seriously.

And big extra credit to the Pacific Catch team who came up with the fabulous Mai Tai glass design, inspired by the classic Trader Vic’s tapa glass design. Apparently these aren’t for sale, but I’d love to have one.

We really enjoyed our meal, and the service from Marissa at the Dublin location was outstanding. Mrs. Mai Tai thought the Strawberry Mule was just okay, but found the Carmelized Pina Colada to be quite good (I thought so too). We will return before summer is over.