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Makalapua Cocktail Recipe

It’s hard to want anything aside from a classic Mai Tai when you’re on Maui, we know. But then you’d be missing out on the super interesting drinks being mixed up by talented mixologists like Aaron Alcala-Mosley at the Fairmont’s Luana Bar. He first caught our attention with his twist on a classic daiquiri known as the Daiquiri Moderno but he kept our attention with this drink known as the Makalapua Cocktail. The word ‘makalapua’ means to blossom in Hawaiian which is a totally fitting name for a drink that’s made with a rose and hibiscus syrup and finished with lavender! 

Now, go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Makalapua Cocktail Recipe

It's hard to want anything aside from a classic Mai Tai when you're on Maui, we know. But then you'd be missing out on the super interesting drinks being mixed up by talented mixologists like this Makalapua Cocktail recipe by Aaron Alcala-Mosley.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 53 kcal


For The Hibiscus Simple Syrup:

  • 2 1/4 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup hibiscus leaves or tea
  • 1/2 cup dried roses
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

For One Cocktail:

  • 1 3/4 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice plus a grapefruit twist for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Hibiscus Simple Syrup
  • Lavender bitters


  • Make The HIbiscus Simple Syrup: Combine the 2 1/4 cups of cold water and the dried flowers in a small pot, bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the sugar and stir until it is fully dissolved.
    Remove from heat, and allow to cool (at least 30 minutes). Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth and set aside until ready to use. 
    TIP: Syrup can be made up to two weeks in advance. Store refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use.
  • Make The Makalapua Cocktail: Combine the vodka, grapefruit, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice to fill halfway, close, and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a large grapefruit twist and 3 sprays of lavender bitters and serve. 



Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 352IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Fun cocktail
Tried this recipe?Mention @saltandwind or tag #swsociety!

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