Spankys Riptide at 505
How did you get a job there?
recruited from Lulus Lahaina
What spirit do you like to work with the most? what is the last drink you made with it?
tequila. Lilikoi Margarita with Corralejo
If you could change one thing about the drinks business on Maui what would it be?
Less rules and regulations about live entertainment in the bars.
What is your favorite happy hour on Maui? Why?
Every hour at Spankys. We have the best beer and liquor prices around all the time
What is your bar’s signature drink?
What is YOUR signature drink?
When you are making a cocktail what is the most important thing?
Putting a little love in it. Fresh fruit instead of adding extra juices and fake flavors
Who or what influences you outside of the beverage business?
Fresh fruit and the using local ingredients
Lets say your pitching an investor who wants you to open your ultimate bar. What is your concept? Where is it located?
Oceanfront with beach access and you can take your drink with you to the beach . open air and live music every day
What are your regulars like?
Loyal, excited to come to our bar every day. They love trying our unique specials everyday and are always willing to trust us and try something new.
What is one interesting thing about being a bartender on Maui?
We get to meet some very interesting characters.
What makes a good bartender? Why are you one?
Someone who is aware. Knows the customer and can read people. It’s our job to make sure that people are having fun while being safe. Providing food and water when it is needed and knowing about what we are serving. I love my job and I strive to learn more and more every day.
What is the newest drink you have created? Describe what’s in it.
Blueberry Lilikoi Lemonade. Stoli blueberry with passion fruit, soda water, splash of lemonade and a splash of sprite with a squeeze of lime
SPANKY’S RIPTIDE ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR – Daily. $3.75 Corona, Corona Light, and Pacifico bottles; $4 PBR, Bud Light, and Coors Light drafts; $4 Wells; $5-6 Calls; $7-8 Premiums; $6-8 Wines by the glass. Also get great prices on food with $5 burgers, hot dogs, breakfast burritos, and brekie sandwiches. Great prices all day, every day. Spanky’s Riptide, (505 Front Street, Suite 129-130, Lahaina); 808-667-2337; http://www.spankysriptide.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.