The Halekulani hails from the House Without a Key lounge at the Halekulani Hotel, sometime back in the 1930s. The recipe was picked up and dusted off by the Smuggler’s Cove folks, and tweaked to what you see here.
It’s rare to see bourbon in a tiki cocktail, but it works so well here – almost like a tiki-styled Ward Eight. Bourbon and pineapple are always a welcome pairing, and the demerara (or brown sugar) syrup does a lovely job of amplifying bourbon’s sweet, woody notes.
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled short glass. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple or an edible flower.
- Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin Cate