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Four Seasons Maui Unveils ‘Modern Tropical’ Cocktails

April 4, 2019, 1:26 PM HST · Updated May 22, 5:16 PM
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Talisman cocktail at Four Seasons Resort Maui’s Lobby Lounge. Courtesy photo.

Four Seasons Resort Maui is revealing a “Modern Tropical” cocktail concept at its newly-reimagined Lobby Lounge. Helmed by star mixologist Ben Yabrow, the Lobby Lounge is a celebration of the diverse and colorful flavors and flora of Maui. Featuring what he calls a “modern tropical” craft cocktail program, Yabrow has curated a stunning collection of original creations and imaginative interpretations of classic tropical cocktails.

“I love creating,” says Yabrow. “Leading the Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons Maui through this spectacular re-imagination has been exhilarating. I’m very excited to bring the modern tropical concept, which is based on modernizing the treatment of the island’s tropical ingredients, into focus.”

The modern tropical craft cocktail selection celebrates the fresh flavors of Maui, incorporating refined and delightfully surprising twists on classics. Starting with bright daytime drinks and finishing with moody late-night selections, the cocktail menu is organized to flow with the cadence of the day and is divided into five categories: Gold, Ember Glow, Deco Rose, Viola, and Moonlight. In addition to the 20 new spirited cocktails, each section of the menu also features an inspired “free-spirited” non-alcoholic selection that has been just as thoughtfully crafted by Yabrow.

Especially notable is Yabrow’s new signature cocktail, The Talisman. “One of the primary inspirations was color—in the menu and in the drinks themselves,” Yabrow explains. “For The Talisman, we distilled the concept of ‘tiki’ down to its primary seven ingredients, to reflect the seven pigments in a rainbow.” The result is a fresh cocktail that expertly balances rum, coconut, pineapple, mango, almond, citrus, and mint. Garnished with a mint bouquet and orchid, The Talisman is presented in a beautiful porcelain tiki vessel designed by local artisan Curt Stevens.

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The cocktail collection will be served alongside Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst’s new small-plate menu, featuring items inspired by the Hawaiian melting pot. Local dishes and flavors shine in the delicious items. Favorites include Kona Kanpachi Crudo, Ahi Poke Flatbread, Mochiko Chicken Banh Mi, and for dessert, Malasadas with Vanilla Coconut Cream.

The sense of place carries into the setting, a 112-seat lounge designed by Wimberly Interiors, the same design firm that completed the property’s floor-to-ceiling room and suite transformation in late 2016. The contemporary beachfront space, which boasts a stunning view of the Pacific, West Maui Mountains and neighboring island of Lāna‘i, features natural tones and textiles inspired by the destination, rare Ivory Cane Palms, and locally-made art.

Wooden sculptures from Maui artisan Tim Garcia’s Shibusa series adorn the lounge. “The sculptures have cutouts that represent portals, linking the present and future,” explains Four Seasons Maui Art Director Rose Potter. “But they allow everyone their own reference point. I’ve heard guests describe them as surfboards or sails. Personally, I appreciate the totem energy they hold, without being representational tikis.”

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The Lobby Lounge is open nightly from 5 to 11 p.m. Guests enjoy Hawaiian music, hula and a torch-lighting ceremony nightly at sunset. For the latter half of the evening, notable local contemporary artists take the stage.  Learn more about Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea here.

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