How did you get a job there?
STARTED AS A HOST IN 2006
What spirit do you like to work with the most? What is the last drink you made with it?
BACARDI DRAGONBERRY/STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
What is the last incredible wine or beer you drank? What made it spectacular?
MENAGE A TROIS. IT’S A RED BLEND USING CABERNET, MERLOT AND ZINFANDEL
If you could change one thing about the drinks business on Maui what would it be?
What is your favorite happy hour on Maui? Why?
MAUI BREW CO. APPAREL WEDNESDAYS
What is your bar’s signature drink/wine/beer?
HURRICANE. IT’S A MANGO TWIST ON THE MAI TAI
What is YOUR signature drink?
FOR PINKTOBER WE HAVE THE TROPICAL TATAS WHICH COMBINES CIROC COCONUT, SO-CO, PINA COLADA MIX AND STRAWBERRIES. DELICIOUS!
When you are making a cocktail what is the most important thing?
Who or what influences you outside of the beverage business?
MUSIC AND ART ARE MY BIGGEST INFLUENCES
Let’s say you’re pitching an investor who wants you to open your ultimate bar. What is your concept? Where is it located?
I WOULD LOVE TO OPEN A COFFEE SHOP/BAR (NIGHT) THAT IS OPEN TO ARTISTS, MUSICIANS AND POETS ALIKE. PREFERABLY IN LAHAINA.
Name one new liquor/beer/wine you tasted recently. What was your impression?
SAILOR JERRY’S RUM. I THOUGHT IT HAD A GOOD SPICE TO IT, IT WENT DOWN SMOOTHLY AND GETS YOU DRUNK LIKE A SAILOR.
What are your regulars like?
RELAXED, FUNNY AND JUST HAPPY TO LIVE IN SUCH A WONDERFUL PLACE
What is one interesting thing about being a bartender on Maui?
THE PEOPLE YOU GET TO MEET FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
What makes a good bartender? Why are you one?
PATIENCE, FRIENDLINESS, AND PATIENCE.
What is the newest drink you have created? Describe whats in it.
BACARDI DRAGONBERRY, COCOWATER, SPLASH LEMONADE FOR DEHYDRATION.
HARD ROCK CAFE ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR – Daily. Hard Rock Cafe offers all day prices for drinks that start low. Get beer starting at $5.30, wines starting at $6.65, and their premium wells which also start at $6.65. 11am-11pm. The Hard Rock Cafe, (900 Front St., Lahaina); 808-667-7400;http://www.hardrock.com
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.