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.