Toast to elevated nonalcohol drinksA La Carte
October 30, 2023
Story By: Stephanie Lopes | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
Step inside Mahina & Sun’s in Waikiki’s Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, and an experience awaits. Often filled with the sounds of local musicians, the design-forward poolside eatery is now raising a glass to nonalcoholic cocktails along with a speakeasy bar menu.
Famous for handcrafted tiki and classic cocktails, Mahina & Sun’s has a new Unplugged nonalcoholic beverage menu.
“It was important for us to take our non-alcohol drinking customers seriously, so we really tried to elevate things to the next level,” reveals executive bar czar Christian Taibi.
A twist on the Penicillin cocktail, the Pretender ($12) utilizes smoked tea to simulate whiskey. Tropic Thunder ($12) is a housemade energy drink with calamansi and lilikoi.
Tastes of tropical cultures also grace the Unplugged menu. Limonata ($10) is a creamy Brazilian limeade, and Tepache ($10) is a Mexican fermented soda made from pineapple rinds and spices.
Looking for a healthy beverage option? Mr. Brightside ($10) lemonade is infused with turmeric shrub and fresh mint, and Maui Kefir ($9) is a local-sourced elixir.
While seated at the bar from noon to 10 p.m. daily, Mahina & Sun’s patrons can also indulge in Speakeasy Eats.
“The speakeasy menu (is) comfort food to promote a good time with the bar czar,” describes executive chef Erik Leong. “(It’s) fried, salty foods with some local flair and definitely easy to share.”
Devils on Horseback ($8) is a favorite speakeasy option. Bacon-wrapped dates dipped in pineapple mustard explode with flavor — setting the stage for a fun-filled bar side experience.