For Waikiki beachfront hotel Halekulani to be the birthplace of the iconic Mai Tai cocktail you know they’re serving up some tantalizing cocktails with their newest selections for summer. Halekulani will offer three different specialty cocktails this season and they are the “Cachaca Samba,” “Mango Mint Freeze” and “Charlie Chan.” You’ve got to love it when the title alone peaks your interest. All of the cocktails just mentioned (along with the Mai Tai) will be served at Halekulani’s Orchids restaurant, by their pool area, and also at their outdoor gathering spot which is cleverly titled House Without a Key. If you won’t be passing through the Halekulani anytime soon I’ve got the recipes for all three new cocktails so you can whip these up yourself.

Cachaca Samba (Pictured Above)


1 ½ ounce Cachaca

½ ounce Cedilla Acai Berry Liqueur

3 lime wedges cut in halves

½ ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce rock candy syrup


Place the lime wedges in a mixing glass and muddle briskly with juice and rock candy syrup, then add cachaca and 1 scoop of ice and shake well.  Pour into a double old –fashioned glass (do not strain), add more ice if needed and serve with a float of Cedilla. Garnish with orchid.

The Charlie Chan


1 ½ oz Barsol Pisco (Primero)

½ oz Orchid Guava Liqueur

½ oz Strawberry Puree

½ oz Lime Juice


Shake all ingredients with ice. Serve straight up into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with half strawberry on the rim and kafir lime leaf.

Mango Mint Freeze


1 ½ ounce Malibu Rum

2 ounce Mango Puree

1 ½ ounce Sweet n Sour

4 Mint leaves


Add all ingredients to blender with ice and blend thoroughly.  Pour into rocks glass. Garnish with dehydrated mango slice and mint sprig.