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Local Experts: Maui, Kyle Ellison

By Local Expert Kyle Ellison

Best Cocktails on Maui

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No Ka Oi, Monkeypod Kitchen

No Ka Oi, Monkeypod Kitchen

In Hawaiian, “No Ka Oi” simply means “the best,” and it’s a fitting name for this smooth martini, poured by the bartenders at chef Peter Merriman’s restaurant. Maui-made Ocean Vodka is blended with Thai basil and lime, and lightly topped with a honey-lilikoi purée for a tropical, flavorful finish. 

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Resort Grown Rosemary Pina Rocks, Molokini Bar and Grille

Resort Grown Rosemary Pina Rocks, Molokini Bar and Grille

Locally-made spirits and locally-sourced fruit have become common in Maui cocktails, but this bar at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort goes a step further by using produce grown right on property. Fresh rosemary from the resort’s herb garden adds a twist to this island classic, which combines lime, coconut, pineapple, and rum.

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Dragonberry Bomb, Relish Burger Bistro

Dragonberry Bomb, Relish Burger Bistro

While it’s graced the menu of this Westin Maui restaurant for years, the Dragonberry Bomb keeps racking up awards and remains a Ka‘anapali classic. The drink’s creator, Freddie Sconfienza, rode this rum and elderflower cocktail to his second consecutive Star Mixologist award for all of Starwood’s resorts. Made with lime juice and muddled blackberries, it’s unforgettably good.  

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Pho-Bang!, Dazoo

Pho-Bang!, Dazoo

This curious and casual Pa‘ia enclave opened in 2013, and has been turning heads with its cross-cultural creations and Korean inspired cuisine ever since. Local reader polls have voted the cocktails as some of the best on island; to see why, try a Pho-Bang!—a concoction of locally made pineapple vodka, lapsang souchong black tea, lemongrass, ginger, Thai basil, jalapeno, and a garnish of kimchi olive. 

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Tropical Itch Mai Tai, Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel Tiki Bar

Tropical Itch Mai Tai, Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel Tiki Bar

While nearly every Maui bar has some sort of award-winning Mai Tai, there’s something to be said for consistency. Dale, the bartender at the Ka‘anapali Tiki Bar, has poured these for 40 years, and the drink gets bonus points for its practical garnish—a 16-inch, wooden backscratcher that rises high above the rim of the glass. 


Visit the Best Cocktails on Maui

Tropical Itch Mai Tai, Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel Tiki Bar
Lahaina, HI 96761, United States
6.4/10

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Bar
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Pho-Bang!, Dazoo
71 Baldwin Ave (btwn Akoni & Hikina Pl), Lower Pā‘ia, HI 96779, United States
7.5/10

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Korean Restaurant
2
Dragonberry Bomb, Relish Burger Bistro
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Māla, HI, United States
6.1/10

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American Restaurant
2
Resort Grown Rosemary Pina Rocks, Molokini Bar and Grille
5400 Makena Alanui (Makena Beach & Golf Resort), Wailea-Makena, HI 96753, United States
0/10

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Diner
1
No Ka Oi, Monkeypod Kitchen
10 Wailea Gateway Pl, Kīhei, HI 96753, United States
8.9/10

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New American Restaurant
3
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