Drink This Now: The Roy Kelley at Mahina & Suns in Waikiki

At Mahina & Suns, housed inside The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki, Hawaii, the craft cocktails are creative. And a new limited-edition menu of drinks pays homage to a group of midcentury architects, including Roy Kelley, who was the architect responsible for the original design of the Surfjack in 1961.

With drinks also named for Vladimir Ossipoff, known as “the master of Hawaii modern architecture” as well as Frank Llyod Wright, Kelley’s influence at the Surfjack Hotel, then known as Hokele Suites, is undeniable – and this rum-based drink pays homage to the revered designed.

“Inspired by the architect responsible for the Surfjack’s original design as Hokele Suites in 1961, the Roy Kelley is the most modern of the series and combines earth, smoke and a spiced sweetness,” explains Mahina & Suns Bar Consultant Christian Tiabi. “Our most modern of the series, [this drink] will launch your palette to the moon. It’s “classic” with a look towards the future.”

Like the master Kelley himself.

The Roy Kelley at Mahina & Suns

  •  .75 oz Kohala rum
  • 1 oz Mezcal
  • .25 oz Falernum
  • .67 oz Lime
  • .5 oz spiced honey syrup infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove

Build the cocktail, shake it, strain it and garnish with a dehydrated lime and light dash of nutmeg.

Mahina & Suns details

412 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815; 808-924-5810; www.mahinanadsuns.com; @mahinaandsuns

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