Most classic cocktails claiming allegiance to the Aloha State, like the Mai Tai, seem to have coconut or pineapple involved. This one isn’t classic but rather a reflection of the melting pot that’s modern Hawaii. It takes other fruit flavors that aren’t necessarily native but are quite popular in Hawaii—guava and lychee—and blends them with a fair amount of liquor, for a tropical drink that even the manliest of men can toss back with pride.
What to buy: Canned lychees can be found in the Asian aisle of most grocery stores or at Asian markets.
Maraschino liqueur is a relatively dry liqueur with a subtle bitter-almond flavor; it can be found at any well-stocked liquor store.
- Yields: 2 drinks
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total: Under 5 mins
- Active: Under 5 mins
- 3 ounces aged rum
- 3 ounces guava juice
- 2 canned lychees
- 1 1/2 ounces syrup from the lychee can
- 1 ounce maraschino liqueur
- 1 1/2 cups ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 15 to 20 seconds. Serve in two rocks glasses.