LTA Happy Hour: Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel

Coconut Mai Tai

When the retro-inspired Kauai Shores Hotel in Hawaii underwent a $250,000 renovation to their pool area, they introduced a great new feature: the cocktail hotline.        

Guests have the ability to call the Lava Lava Beach Club with their orders for direct delivery – they never even need to leave the pool. Although the Lava Lava Beach Club doesn’t have a signature beverage, we’re told the Coconut Mai Tai is the one to highlight.

The Coconut Mai Tai is made with light and dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, orgeat syrup, and vanilla beach coconut syrup. It’s garnished with a lime and slice of pineapple.

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The remainder of the cocktail menu is full of other ocean-inspired libations, and from the Baja Breeze made with Espolon tequila, blue curacao, crème of coconut, mint, and Thai basil to the Shark Bite, consisting of Makers Mark, Bacardi rum, Disaronno, passionfruit, and pineapple juice to the Sandy Toes, a fitting name as the resort offers the island’s only “toes in the sand” dining experience. The drink is a combination of Bombay Sapphire Gin, St. Germain, sage leaves, blueberries, lemon, and a “sandy” rim of salt and pepper.

Both the Gilligan’s Girl a coconut- and ginger-based drink and the Bamboocha Mai Tai, with Flora de Caña, Kraken, and Premium 151 rums come in cups that you can take home.

In addition to the cocktail hotline, the renovations saw an expansion of the existing pool, an upgrade to the pool deck area, complete with new furniture, and a new hot tub.

Setting the ambiance for its beach-friendly drinks is the bar’s laid-back, island-lifestyle atmosphere. Also available to guests is an extensive selection of beer on tap and bottled, red and white wines, and champagne.


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