Awapuhi is the Hawaiian word for a native ginger plant and this cocktail definitely has a nice, spicy ginger kick. The taste is fresh, complex and slightly sweet with a mild ginger heat. The Awapuhi is a signature cocktail at the The Red Bar, the boite located at noted Chef Bev Gannon’s Wailea joint, A Pacific View Restaurant (which does have a spectacular view). It was created by mixologist Triston Rodrigus, a local who was born and raised in Happy Valley Maui. His family used ginger root for many medicinal during his childhood. Note: the gel that’s easy to squeeze out of awapuhi ginger buds also can be used to wash hair – but don’t try this in the bar, folks.
¾ ginger Canton Liquor liqueur1
¼ oz Kettle One vodka
1 oz sweet & sour
2 oz fresh lemonade
8 fresh mint sprigs
3 slices pickled ginger
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Pucker up and suck’em down!