Dining & Entertainment

Cocktail Culture

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii “Can’t Miss” Cocktails (November 2015)
At Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii, every cocktail tells a story

As today’s luxury travelers search for new and genuine vacation experiences, they also are seeking authenticity and meaning in their dining and beverage selections. Nowhere is this more evident than during the cocktail hour. Indeed, the carefully crafted cocktail is enjoying a well-deserved renaissance, particularly at the 11 Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii. 

Starwood’s bartender specialists, wine connoisseurs and mixologists draw from local culture and fresh island ingredients to infuse timeless elements and refreshing twists on old favorites, creating some “neo-classics” in the process.

It is the ultimate “cocktail crawl,” as this special selection from Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii presents ways to sip and savor the rich flavors of world-famous Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, coconut, mango, passion fruit and more, all grown in Hawaii's lava-rich soil and prepared in an artisanal manner, packed with flavor and culinary history. 

Highlighting a local story or featuring locally sourced ingredients, these cool signature cocktails are captivating extensions of Island lore.  The carefully crafted libations draw on the rich history of the Hawaiian Islands and can satisfy the sophisticate’s desire for a “a more meaningful Mai Tai.”

Enjoy these recipes and their delightful origins.  As the locals say, “okole maluna” (bottoms up).

Featuring: Mill Camp Mojito
Black Rock Kitchen and Black Rock Lounge, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Creator: Gabriel Harvey

Mill Camp Mojito

The Mill Camp Mojito took its inspiration from the generations of immigrants who came to Hawaii to work in the sugar plantations. The drink pays homage to the blend of cultures that make up Hawaii today.  The Mill Camp Mojito highlights the Chinese with fresh ginger, Japanese with shiso leaves, Koreans with kim chee powder, Filipinos with calamansi and the Puerto Ricans with the mojito-style cocktail.  The Mill Camp Mojito is the perfect cocktail to cap a day of adventure, hard work or fun in the sun. 

The drink is made with Ocean Vodka – a handcrafted vodka produced on Maui that is certified 100% USDA organic and is the only vodka in the world distilled from organic sugar cane – a Maui tradition – and blended with deep ocean mineral water.

Recipe:

1 ½ oz Ocean Vodka
1 ½ oz Calamansi Lime Juice
1 ¼ oz Raw Sugar Simple Syrup
3 Shiso Leaves
3 Calamansi, halved
3 Ginger Slices (nickel size)
Sugar Cane Stick
Kim Chee Powder

Muddle the Shiso leaves and ginger together until the oils are extracted from both and the leaves break apart.  Add Ocean Vodka, raw sugar simple syrup and crushed ice.  Shake vigorously and pour into a stemmed tropical glass.  Cut 3 Calamansi limes in half.  Add 3 of the halves into the glass and stir lightly.  Skewer the remaining 3 halves with the sugar cane stick and dip them into the Kim Chee powder.  Place one Shiso leaf and the cane skewer into the drink as garnishment, enjoy!