What spirit do you like to work with the most? What is the last drink you made with it?
If you could change one thing about the drinks business on Maui what would it be?
Bring back the pitchers.
What is your favorite happy hour on Maui? Why?
What is your bar’s signature drink/wine/beer?
Jäger. We are the top selling bar in Jäger on the island.
What is YOUR signature drink? (Or go to wine or beer in your selection?)
Jäger, it’s what I drink.
When you are making a cocktail what is the most important thing?
Who or what influences you outside of the beverage business?
Let’s say you’re pitching an investor who wants you to open your ultimate bar. What is your concept? Where is it located?
Location is the key… A tall building so you can watch sunset for the tourists, dance floor, stage big enough to hold a 9 piece band. Still like Dog & Duck and Diamonds, where it’s so friendly and definitely a locals bar. Also great food!!
Name one new liquor you tasted recently. What was your impression?
What are your regulars like?
Lots of construction workers, business ladies, all ages from 21-60, kihei regulars, great fun people who come there to have a great time.
What is one interesting thing about being a bartender on Maui?
The people you meet and crazy stuff you see:)
What makes a good bartender? Why are you one?
Personality and multi tasking makes everything. I know my regulars, their wives names and where she works, get to know them and their little demands, certain straws or glassware they like, makes all the difference in the world.
DIAMONDS ICE BAR & GRILL HAPPY HOUR – Daily. $2 Bud Light, $3 Wells, $5 Jager during happy hour from 3-7 everyday. Also get $1 tacos everyday from 3-5pm & 10-11pm. Daily Drink Specials: Everyday: $3 Bud Light draft, PBR, Becks, Primo, Dos Equis. Mon: $3 Coronas. Tue: $3 Margarita rocks. Wed: $4 Cosmos. Thu: $3 Rolling Rock. Fri: $4 Vodka Special. Sat: $3 Beer bottle special. Sun: $3 Mai Tais.
Daily Food Specials: Mon: $2 Tacos. Tue: $14.95 Fajita day. Wed: $8.95 Chalupas. Thur: $14.95 BBQ Ribs. Fri: $12.95 Snapper. Sat: $10.95 Fish & Chips. Sun: $8.95 Menudo. Free wifi for customers. 3-7pm Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill, (1279 S. Kihei Rd. # 314, Kihei); 808-874-9299; http://diamondsmaui.angelfire.com/diamonds_ice_bar.html
About Jen Russo
I write lifestyle and culinary columns for MauiTime. I love being a Maui girl and adore my big family. Dedicated food taster, blogger, internet fanatic, and Maui and Hawaii specialist.