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No point set­ting foot in Honolulu and not con­sid­er­ing a mai tai, or mock­tail ver­sion thereof, both suit­ably gar­nished with req­ui­site chunk of trop­i­cal fruit and flo­ral gar­nish. At the Trump Ho­tel Waikiki, award-win­ning mai tais are all the rage and are touted as Hawaii’s best. It’s a rea­son­able claim, as mixol­o­gist Christina Maf­fei took first place among 30 en­tries with her Ilikea Mai Tai at the 2011 Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Fes­ti­val at Kona on the Big Is­land. Celebrity judge (and Hawaii res­i­dent) Mick Fleet­wood (of Fleet­wood Mac fame) was a draw­card, “ru­mol­o­gists” were in at­ten­dance, trays of pineap­ple-glazed snacks cir­cu­lated freely and Maf­fei came up trumps (as it were) dur­ing the seven-minute mix-off. Her mai tai (pic­tured) fea­tures Bac­ardi 8 and the crown­ing glory of a scoop of Bac­ardi Gold-spiked pineap­ple sor­bet. Ac­cord­ing to the ho­tel’s Liq­uid Artistry menu, other com­po­nents in­clude Amaretto, Can­ton ginger liqueur, kaf­fir lime sour and caramelised pineap­ple. Trump Ho­tel Waikiki has sold more than 30,000 of the drinks since Maf­fei’s win, and the best spot to sit and sip is at the laid-back Wai’olu Lounge on the lobby level, with breezy views to the beach and ta­pas plates on call. Book well ahead for the sunset ses­sion. More: trumphotel­col­lec­tion.com.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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