In any tropical spot from Maui to Key West, Arizona to Singapore, sipping drinks at sunset is a well-practiced ritual. And now resorts around the world such as Ritz-Carlton Kapalua has taken the ceremonial cocktail swilling to new heights. At the Maui hotel’s barkeeps have created a twist on its signature Mai Tai from the Original Trader Vic 1944 rum-lace drink. The RC barkeeps are using a house made pineapple orange jambased, locally-grown pineapple, along with Macadamia nut and mixing it all together with fresh lime juice, orange curacao and three hand selected rums: Appleton V/X rum (a blend of 15 different select aged rums), El Dorado 151 overproof rum (a high proof demerara rum) and finally Coruba Dark Rum (a Jamaican rum that has been aged for 2 years in American oak barrels). If you thought Maui was wowie before you drank this, it will explode in your head after.
If Mai Tais are too sweet for you, the hotel chain has other choices on tap such as The Bachelor Gulch’s Innovative Vaportini which is poured at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch’s Rocky Mountain cigar speakeasy, Bachelors Lounge. This drink comes in several flavors and styles, and is actually sipped through a straw. This fanciful take on classic beverages provides a new and innovative way to indulge. Additionally, guests can enjoy imported cigars and wine on the heated patio or cozy interior of Bachelors Lounge.
In Tokyo branch they are pouring the over-the-top outrageously expensive “Diamond is Forever” martini for $289,871 for which you get to keep a one-carat diamond stone. The tequila bar at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort offers nightly artisan tastings and features 200+ varieties of tequila from 36 different labels presented by a Tequila God or Goddess on weekends. Flaming coffees are a specialty of the house. These innovative cocktails are served tableside so guests can enjoy the dramatic presentation and aromas as well as the delicious flavors. At Raffles Singapore the signature Singapore Sling is still the most popular drink ordered by tourists. Moving on to the , Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort you will find champion mixologist, Clark Jimenez, fixing drinks with Costa Rican ingredients at Chao Pescao Tapas Bar. And in Russia.
Cheers, personally a big buttery Chardonnay, well-chilled, straight up is about as good as it gets.