House without a Key Mai Tai

This was one of my favorites on our previous trips to O’ahu, and sometimes I like to make it at home.

The recipe is notable in the use of different proportions of the 1944 Mai Tai recipe template, but also the use of a dark rum float most commonly seen in Island-style Mai Tais.

House without a Key Mai Tai, Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki
1¼ oz Lime Juice
⅓ oz Orgeat
⅓ oz Rock Candy Syrup
⅓ oz Orange Curacao (Cointreau)
¾ oz Bacardi Select/Black Rum
¾ oz Bacardi Gold Rum
Float ½ oz Lemon Hart 151 Rum

Comparing the two photos, it definitely looked better on the beach in Waikiki than it did in my kitchen. But it tasted just fine at home.

2 Replies to “House without a Key Mai Tai”

  1. We are currently in Honolulu and I have to say that this Mai tai at Room Without a Key was the best! Of course, at $22 a drink I would expect nothing less. Is this the exact recipe from the bar? I look forward to making it when we return to Orange County! Surprised to see that there wasn’t any pineapple juice.

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