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Recommendations please for GREAT Cocktails in O'ahu

Awesome suggestions! That's exactly what we were looking for on this trip. Going to try as many of them out as possible. I do love a good Mai Tai but can only stand the 'sweet' for so long before I need something a bit more refined and dry. Thank you so much. (I'm so excited I can barely speak...!)

Sep 21, 2010
Spiritsforme07 in Hawaii

Recommendations please for GREAT Cocktails in O'ahu

Thank you so much KaimukiMan! I think we'll try at least the halekulani. Will report back. Thank you again.

Sep 21, 2010
Spiritsforme07 in Hawaii

Recommendations please for GREAT Cocktails in O'ahu

Hi everyone. I've been reading through all of the great posts on food for my upcoming trip to O'ahu (We leave Monday! I can't wait). Hubby and I will be staying in the Waikiki area and will definitely take advantage of all of the recommendations on food.

However, I'm also really looking for some recommendations on places that really serve up a great cocktail. The classics like Martini's, Manhattans, etc. But also some using the local ingredients.

Great Ambiance would be cool too, but when you are in Hawaii from my perspective, everything is great! I'd be happy with 'good' cocktail recommendations too.

Thank you all in advance for your generosity and help.

Aloha!

Sep 18, 2010
Spiritsforme07 in Hawaii

Sonoma, Healdsburg, etc.

To add to Whiner's restaurants, I'd second the vote on Zazu (just received a Michelin Recommended). We go there often as it's our neighborhood joint (which is funny when you see where it is...) but the food is ALWAYS interesting and the staff friendly.

For Breakfast if you want to venture into Santa Rosa (which is south of Healdsburg by a bit), there's a place called Rubix that has started to serve breakfast and it's my new favorite. Interesting combinations and not usually too crowded.

Wineries: I have to give "J" a thumbs up if only for their "bubble room", which is a separate room off of the main tasting room but you'll need to make reservations. Last time I was there the tasting (which includes little bites of wonderful thing to munch and a flight of either reds or whites) ran about $35.00 per person. Nice relaxing atmosphere ... could be worth a spin.

Mar 30, 2007
Spiritsforme07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Place in the Bay Area to buy Spices?

This is great! I knew that there had to be some great spots....and it gives me an excuse to go explore a bit. Thanks so much ... off to the spice market!

Mar 07, 2007
Spiritsforme07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Place in the Bay Area to buy Spices?

I'd like to try my hand at making bitters for cocktails and would like to find a great place to buy spices (instead of the local megamart). Is there a local spice shop in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma or Napa counties that anyone can recommend? I'd really rather go to a shop to get the "full" experience rather than order over the net. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Mar 04, 2007
Spiritsforme07 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recipes for homemade bitters and Grenadine?

I, too, caught this thread whilst looking for a bitters recipe. However, on the topic of grenadine, I found a different recipe.....which required no cooking and it is FANTASTIC! It's as simple as using Pomegranate juice, Pomegranate Molasses, Sugar and Orange Flower Water (gives it an interesting twist). Dissolve the sugar in the Pomagranate juice, then add the Molasses and Orange Flower water and shake it up to dissolve. It smells almost like strawberry jam, but the taste is very different. Had a Presidente with it last night....very nice. (the recipe came from "Imbibe" magazine but I tweaked it a bit.) - I'm off to try bitters now....wish me luck!

Mar 04, 2007
Spiritsforme07 in Spirits