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Cocktail Culture

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

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani - Kahana Splash, Created by Rocky Higgins, Bartender, Splash Bar & Bento

This refreshing cocktail celebrates Hawaii’s reputation for Kona coffee – often heralded as the best coffee in the world. This frothy, delicious drink also pays homage to the legacy of Crown Princess Victoria Kaiulani, whose lushly landscaped Ainahau estate is where the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel stands today.  Much beloved for her grace and intelligence, Princess Kaiulani loved to invite family, friends and dignitaries to her summer retreat at Ainahau for cool libations, refreshment and celebration. 

Crafted with macadamia nut liqueur, coconut syrup and vanilla ice cream, this dazzling blended drink is served at the Splash Bar & Bento, where it qualifies as “liquid decadence” worthy of royalty.


¾ oz. Kahana Macadamia Nut Liqueur
¾ oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
0.5 oz Coconut Cream
3 oz. Coffee (Room Temp or Chilled)
4 oz. Ice Cream Mix

Pour all ingredients into a blender, add 1-2 scoops of ice depending on the size of serving glass.  Blend ingredients together, top off with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.