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Try This: Hana Reviver
During a feature on Cooking Channel’s Foodography, Smuggler's Cove’s owner, Martin Cate, summed up the reason behind the tiki bar’s popularity: “People are looking for a quick vacation in a glass.” The Hana Reviver cocktail, which takes its name from the Hana Highway in Maui, encapsulates this sentiment perfectly. With its invigorating blend of citrus and honey, there’s no need to travel to Maui. “It’ll bring the island to you,” proclaimed Cate on Sammy Hagar’s Sammy’s Search for the Perfect Rum Cocktail.
Cate adds each ingredient individually, eschewing pre-made mixes. He kicks things off with an ounce of fresh-squeezed lemon before adding in passion fruit nectar, honey syrup, and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, which lends the drink a hint of nuttiness. Cate continues by adding 10 drops of Bitterman's Burlesque Bitters and a small pinch of li hing mui powder made with dried plum. Then comes the best part: rum. Cate has more than 400 rum varieties at his disposal, so customers can pick their favorite to go into the drink. After adding a little soda water, Cate sends the cocktail under a drink mixer and crowns the smooth, fruity concoction with a sprig of fresh mint.