Mahiki? It certainly sounds Polynesian! It is actually a prominent nightclub and bar as well as a rather good drink.
The clear glass bottle has great shelf appeal. The peach/pink liqueur is complemented by a thoughtfully designed label. It’s from the creative mind of British fashion designer Henry Holland, and is emblazoned with Polynesian coconut palms, exotic plants and flowers and a mountainous island. The golden tiki emblem is also found in Mahiki bars.
But what is a Tiki? It was originally a South Pacific depiction of a God. This image was first used extensively in bars in the 1930s in California. These watering holes became even more popular after World War II, when tiki mugs were used as the drinking vessel of choice for elaborate and exotic cocktails.
A little less sticky than the others
Mahiki is made with Jamaican and Polynesian rum, along with real coconut from Western Samoa to give it a distinctive flavour. That aforementioned colour tint comes naturally from the coconut as it ripens. One would likely have tasted other coconut liqueurs, but this could be thought by many to be the best on the market, being perhaps a little less sticky than the others.
Perfect for elaborate cocktails
This liqueur is a wonderful and not over-sweet drink when simply served over, preferably, a single large ice cube in a cut-glass tumbler. It makes perfect elaborate cocktails when added to fruit juices in one of those iconic tiki mugs, garnished with a paper parasol and a slice or two of tropical fruit. A classic preparation is Mahiki and Cola. This, in my opinion, is best presented in a tall highball glass with ice cubes or even crushed ice and a little sprig of mint.
Alcohol Units 14.7
ABV 21% vol