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”
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.
Yes, Jurga. The recipe is posted on their website:
And example of the original 1950s style Hawaiian Mai Tai. See more here: