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Moku Kitchen’s Monkeypod Mai Tai


3 Delish Drinks Trending Now

By Margo Steines

Photo by Olivier Koning


O’ahu boasts an innovative mixology scene, where local flavors like lilikoi and traditional recipes like the mai tai are met with fresh eyes and novel interpretations. Treat yourself by starting your evening with one of these on-trend bespoke cocktails.  

1. For Moku Kitchen, chef Peter Merriman designed a beverage program around fresh produce and luxe spirits. Try the Monkeypod Mai Tai ($12), a thoughtful twist on an island standard, featuring local rum and house-made macadamia nut orgeat. 660 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 145, Kaka’ako, O’ahu, 591.6658

2. Head to the bar at Andrew Le’s newest offering, Piggy Smalls, for masterful mixology. Ask for a Flight of Fancy ($11) and prepare yourself for an incredible visual feast, followed by the deep, earthy flavors of lemongrass, white ginger syrup, and edible flowers. 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., Kaka’ako, O’ahu, 777.3588

3. Though famous for their elevated ramen bowls, Chinatown standby Lucky Belly’s best kept secret is their seasonally rotating bar menu. The drink of the moment is the Bōnenkai ($10), a libation of shochu botanically infused with juniper, orange peel, and activated charcoal! 50 N. Hotel St., Chinatown, O’ahu, 531.1888