A 10-week competition between Kaua’i bartenders concluded with Nilo Badua winning the Kaua’i Mai Tai Challenge, hosted bySheraton Kauai Resort and Young’s Market Company of Hawaii. Badua was declared the champion following a four-hour final competition at the resort’s signature restaurant, RumFire Poipu Beach.
Badua’s winning Mai Tai was inspired by his family who traveled from the Philippines to Hawai‘i to work for the sugarcane plantations. His Plantation Mai Tai featured Mount Gay Extra Old Rum, Whaler’s Original Dark Rum, fresh lime juice, falernum, sugarcane juice, lemongrass simple syrup, and seasonal ingredients. Drawing inspiration from the island’s farmers markets, Badua tweaked his recipe by adding homemade mountain apple juice and lilikoi (passion fruit) kombucha in the final round of competition. The cocktail was garnished with a slice of starfruit, toasted macadamia nut and a piece of dry ice for a memorable presentation.
Badua, who represented Kalapaki Joe’s in the competition, was awarded two nights in an Ocean Front Suite at Sheraton Kauai Resort and a $100 dining credit at RumFire Poipu Beach.
The resort’s next rum-inspired event will be its 3rd Annual RumFest at RumFire Poipu Beach on Friday, August 14th, in advance of National Rum Day. For more information about Sheraton Kauai Resort and RumFire Poipu Beach, visit www.sheraton-kauai.com or call(808) 742-1661.
About Sheraton Kauai Resort
The Sheraton Kauai Resort, nestled into 20 acres along world-renowned Poipu Beach features 394-room and 11-suite and a full complement of guest services and facilities include two swimming pools, an open-air Ocean Courtyard with conversational seating areas and fire pits, two restaurants, RumFire and Lava’s, three meeting facilities including the ocean-side Luana Kai, three outdoor areas for weddings and special functions and a host of beach activities. For more information about Sheraton Kauai Resort, please call (808) 742-1661 or visit www.sheraton-kauai.com.
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