Cocktails & Spirits

Atomic Grog's Mai-Kai Mixer Celebrates Tiki Drinks, Vintage Rum

If you think your job is demanding, consider the plight of journalist Jim "Hurricane" Hayward.

This brave and dedicated man has painstakingly and thoroughly investigated every one of Mai-Kai's tropical drinks -- about 50 different libations in varying degrees of potency.  Hayward has then reviewed each of these cocktails on his Atomic Grog blog.

To celebrate this amazing feat of mankind, rivaled only by possibly scaling Mount Everest or downing an entire bottle of over proof rum in one sitting, Hayward is holding the Atomic Grog's Mai-Kai Mixer.

On June 9 from 6 - 11 p.m., at the Mai-Kai's Molokai lounge, enjoy live surf music by Skinny Jimmy and the Stingrays, DJ Mike "Jetsetter" Jones, and some amazing fruity-yet-deadly drinks with great names like the Shrunken Skull ($13), the Cobra Kiss ($8.75), the Deep-Sea Diver ($9), and the Barrel O' Rum ($14). 

The potent Yeoman's Grog ($13) will be half-priced all evening, and if you can still see straight, you might be able to score a guided tour of the Polynesian-themed dining rooms and Tiki garden.

Admission to the event is free. Get there early and take advantage of

the Mai-Kai's regularly-scheduled early happy hour featuring half-priced

drinks and appetizers from 4:30 - 7 p.m.

The first 30 people to

sign up with Atomic Grog's Hayward can participate in a blind tasting

of a special flight of three vintage cocktails presented by manager

Kevin Mattei.  Prizes will be awarded to the people who take off their clothes and dance the hula can correctly identify the exotic drink they tasted.  The special flights will be priced at around $15.

Like a wise man once said, "Praise the Tiki Gods now....pray to the porcelain God later."

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
Contact: Laine Doss