Hawaii keeping local spirits high: A guide to locally made & bottled liquors, with local ingredients

on 07/10/10 at 12:59 pm

Spirits

Islands and rum go together like mai tais and puns (i.e., Mai Thai, Morimo-tai, Once Upon a Mai Thai). And yet, until recently, no company had taken advantage of Hawaii’s (albeit dwindling) sugar legacy to make the No. 1 staple of any tiki bar: rum.

Today, there are three rum distilleries on the Islands, and while none may replace Bacardi and Myers’s Rum at local bars, they’re worth a shot or being mixed into your next mai tai.

Local distillers also produce more unusual spirits, such as ‘okolehau and vodka distilled from pineapple.

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