Moose McGillycuddy’s Pub {Honolulu, HI} & Cafe & a Recipe

When I was a little kid my dad called me McGillycuddy.  I have no idea why.  I have no idea where the name came from.  I don’t know anything about the name other than he called me that and I answered.  It was one of the very few nicknames I’ve been given.  Normally my parents just called me Nicole or shortened it to Cole every now and again.
Anyway last September my family (husband, mom, dad, & grandma) went to Honolulu, Hawaii.  My grandma had always wanted to go and never got the chance.  My husband and I always wanted to go and when we heard my parents were taking my grandma, we piped in, got them to wait until September and we went.

We stayed at a hotel on Waikiki beach, Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, which pretty much had us right down in the hustle and bustle of Kalakaua Avenue.  One of the days we were there we happened to be walking down the road, from visiting Tiffany’s {Remember Everything’s better at Tiffanys ~Holly Golightly} and I saw this pub on a side street.  I made my dad get his photo taken with me, no if’s and’s or but’s about it; you can tell he’s thrilled!

What was to be the last day we were in Hawaii (long story, go here if you want details) we were looking for a place to eat.  I suggested Moose McGillycuddy’s.  Oh my goodness, I want one in SWMO Stat!  It was friggin awesome!

They said this was the place to visit during the latter evenings, it was a party place but we went there at lunch.

Now one thing that we drank a lot of while in Hawaii (and I’m not really into drinking alcohol) were Mai Tai’s.  And you must know, Moose McGillycuddy’s made the absolute best one we had drank all week.  When it came to us, there was a dark rim of dark rum on top.  I must have mixed mine in before I took the picture.  And my 80 year old grandma is definitely not a drinker, she even had one, that’s how good they were.

We re-named them Ninja Mai Tai’s.  Reason being… my mom & my hubby finished theirs off first and started acting extremely goofy.  My dad, grandma & I were making fun of them.  Then when I finished mine, it definitely hit me too.  Yes, they were definitely Ninja’s they snuck up on you and KaPow!

On top of the drinks there, the food was awesome.  Now you must know, I’m not a fish eater in any way, shape, or form.     I don’t care for it, however I made my husband a deal that whatever he got to eat in Hawaii, I would at least try one bite.  This dish here was his, and I could actually see myself eating it.  Yes, it was that good, and it was fish!

Mahi Mahi
Dipped in beer batter and deep fried.

I had pork.  It was so delish that I really didn’t want to leave any.  I wound up getting full and had to have the waitress take it away from me before I totally pigged out (haha no pun intended, or well maybe) .

Kalua Pig Plate
Smokey shredded pork with chopped cabbage and sauteed onions, served on a bed of rice.

Now normally I do my restaurant reviews only on Monday’s so you might just be wondering why a Friday.  Well we’ve been back from Hawaii for almost a year now and we’re still talking about the recipes for the Mai Tai’s at Moose McGillycuddy’s.  Last week hubby went on line and googled to see if by chance he could find the recipe for them and what do you know, he did.

He stumbled across a news article on line from a Hawaiian Magazine where they actually got the real recipe.  How awesome is that?!?!  So we started gathering up the ingredients, remember we’re not big alcohol drinkers so we didn’t have any of the stuff.  The one thing we had trouble finding was the orgeat syrup.  Hubby looked at me and asked what that was; later we googled and found out it is almond syrup.  We couldn’t find it around home so amazon became our friend.

My parents came over on the 4th and we all enjoyed a Mai Tai or two :).  I will tell you we did the 1/3 recipe, it was just the four of us enjoying and boy were they delish!

Moose Mai Tai

Ingredients:
3/4 oz. Hana Bay premium light rum
3/4 oz. Hana Bay premium dark rum
10 oz. Moose’s Mai Tai Mix (see recipe below)

Fill a 14 oz. rocks glass with ice and add light rum,

Moose’s mai tai mix 
And no that isn’t Arnold Palmer if you recognize the jug, we just made the mix (recipe below) in that!
and a ¾ oz. float of dark rum. 
Garnish with pineapple wedge, Maraschino cherry and orchid.
We didn’t have any orchid’s.  We did the pineapple wedge but I guess it was put in after I took my picture…
 **we measured our weights out on a scale.**
To make Moose’s Mai Tai Mix, combine the following ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate:3 quarts orange juice
3 quarts pineapple juice
3 quarts sweet and sour mix
1-750 ml bottle orgeat syrup

Moose’s Mai Tai Mix recipe will make 10 to 15 mai tais. If you’re entertaining fewer people, reduce the mai tai mix recipe ingredients to 1/3 of the original recipe.

Moose Mai Tai

Ingredients:
3/4 oz. Hana Bay premium light rum
3/4 oz. Hana Bay premium dark rum
10 oz. Moose’s Mai Tai Mix (see recipe on next page)

Fill a 14 oz. rocks glass with ice and add light rum, Moose’s mai tai mix and a ¾ oz. float of dark rum. Garnish with pineapple wedge, Maraschino cherry and orchid.

To make Moose’s Mai Tai Mix, combine the following ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate:

3 quarts orange juice
3 quarts pineapple juice
3 quarts sweet and sour mix
1-750 ml bottle orgeat syrup

Moose’s Mai Tai Mix recipe will make 10 to 15 mai tais. If you’re entertaining fewer people, reduce the mai tai mix recipe ingredients to 1/3 of the original recipe.

Have you ever had a Mai Tai?  Has it been so extraordinary you talked about it 8 10 months later?

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