The Hukilau honors its 10th anniversary with an epic contest featuring an iconic tropical drink and a panel of acclaimed rum experts. Don’t miss it!
The Hukilau presents The Master Mixologist Rum Barrel Challenge
In 2010, The Hukilau introduced the Master Mixologist Cocktail Challenge, a high-octane bartending contest in which participants raced the clock to create unique tropical drinks using sponsor rums and exotic mystery ingredients. A panel of Tiki drink experts including artist Josh “Shag” Agle helped crown the first Hukilau Master Mixologist and awarded unique prizes such as custom-sculpted, hand-carved muddler.
In 2011, the most intimate Tiki gathering in the world honors its 10th anniversary and the 55th anniversary of the historic Mai-Kai restaurant with an epic contest featuring an iconic tropical drink and a panel of acclaimed rum experts. Competitors in “The Master Mixologist Rum Barrel Challenge” will take center stage at Fort Lauderdale’s Bahia Cabana Beach Resort on Thursday, June 9, with the task of making a contemporary version of The Mai-Kai’s beloved “Barrel O’ Rum”.
Judging the contest will be a who’s who of modern Tiki mixology and rum aestheticism: Tiki drink revivalist and author Jeff “Beachbum” Berry (“Beachbum Berry Remixed,” “Sippin’ Safari”), UK Rumfest founder and global “rum ambassador” Ian Burrell, San Francisco bar owner Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove), journalist and author Wayne Curtis (“And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails”) and New Orleans rum historian Stephen Remsberg. The Rum Barrel Challenge judges (aka the Rum Rat Pack) will be also be participating in Beachbum Berry’s “Rumposium” special event on Saturday, June 11, at the Mai-Kai. For more on the judges, go to The Hukilau website.
In Thursday night’s contest, aspiring mixologists will create their own take on the classic Rum Barrel using predetermined sponsor rums and mixers, plus other ingredients of their choice. They will be permitted to fine-tune their recipes in advance but will still face the pressure of making their drinks and presenting them to our panel of distinguished judges as the clock ticks down and the crowd cheers them on during The Hukilau’s kickoff party poolside at the Bahia Cabana.
Following the Master Mixologist Rum Barrel Challenge, it’s time for the annual “Room Crawl” with Hukilau participants hosting Tiki-themed room parties throughout the hotel. This year’s theme is “A Tribute to the King” with decor and drinks inspired by Elvis Presley’s diverse and fun collection of classic films – and the songs contained within them.
Do you have what it takes to put your mixology skills to the test in the ultimate tropical drink showdown? For more information or to sign up for The Master Mixologist Rum Barrel Challenge, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete guide to this year’s 10th anniversary Hukilau (June 9-12), including Friday night’s main event at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort and Saturday’s main event at The Mai-Kai, go to TheHukilau.com. Sign up for the e-mail newsletter to get exclusive news and updates.