Maui Food and Dining

Cram for the Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest

July 23, 2015, 8:00 AM HST
* Updated July 23, 3:28 AM
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By Maui Now Staff
The cocktails themselves. Image courtesy Westin Kaanapali.

The cocktails themselves. Image courtesy Westin Kaanapali.

The first-ever “Rum Scrum” Cocktail Contest is this Saturday, July 25 and the public is invited to attend the event and help judge the winner.

Say what?

Back in May, contestants submitted recipes for the “quintessential rum cocktail” featuring Deep Island Hawaiian Rum and the pool was narrowed down to four finalists.

To prepare yourself for your judging duties, feast your eyes (and cocktail shaker) on the final fours’ recipes themselves:

Maui-Melon-Jito by Jacob Caracheo of Kihei:


2 oz. Deep Island Hawaiian Rum

2 oz. Govinda’s fresh squeezed watermelon juice

¾ oz. Govindas fresh squeezed lime juice

¾ oz. House-made simple syrup

Shake vigorously

Serve in a snifter neat with a splash of soda

Garnish mint sprig


Flower of the Cane by James Shoemaker of Paia:


1 oz. Deep Island Hawaiian Rum

½ oz. Kahlua Rum and Coffee Liqueur

½ oz. Taylor Falernum

1/2 Lime

Scrappy’s Chocolate bitters


Sokyrka by Ka‘ai Fong of Kihei:



2oz. Deep Island Hawaiian Rum

1oz. Macadamia Nut Orgeat (Orgeat Works LTD)

¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice (Simpli-Fresh Farms)

½oz. Fresh Liliko’i or purée (friend’s yard)

10-15 leaves of fresh mint (Evonuk Farms)

Garnish – Mint Sprig(s)

Muddle mint into Macadamia Nut Orgeat in a shaker making a mint infused Orgeat. Add rest of ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake to get proper dilution and chill on cocktail.  Fine strain contents into glass over fresh ice.  Garnish with mint sprig(s). 


Maika‘i by Gabe Harvey of Kihei:


1½ oz. Deep Island Hawaiian Rum

½ oz. Orange curacao

¾ oz. Fresh pressed liliko’i juice

¾ oz. Fresh pressed lime juice

1½ oz. Homemade coconut orgeat syrup

In a shaker add the rum, lime juice and homemade coconut orgeat syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Set aside. Pour the liliko’i juice to the bottom of the rocks glass. Add crushed ice slowly not to mix the liliko’i juice around. Strain ingredients over crushed ice. Top off glass with additional crushed ice. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh coconut.


The winner’s concoction will be displayed on bar menus at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, and the winner will receive a three-night stay at the AAA four diamond resort and $500 cash.

Tickets to the Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest are still on sale for $50. VIP tickets are $65 and allow for early admission to the event.


Hosted by The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas and held in the resort’s Pūlehu, an Italian Grill, the contest event starts at 5 p.m. for VIPs, 6 p.m. for the rest of ya and doubles as a benefit the Maui Culinary Academy.

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