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Whiskey Drinks Around Honolulu

Whiskey's Back: One Night on the Whiskey Trail with Hawaii’s Best Bartenders


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Smile

He banged his forehead. “I wish I’d thought of that name. Who wouldn’t want a smile?”

The only bartender in Hawaii who makes a Smile is Linda Walsh, who presides most evenings over the open-air Lobby Bar of the Four Seasons Maui. Walsh is the only one who reliably has all the ingredients, like honey syrup and West Indian Orange Bitters (Angostura just won’t do in this drink).

She is also the only one patient enough to let me teach it to her. She was skeptical at first, then she tasted it. “It’s actually good,” she said in amazement. Being a pro, she now makes a more consistent drink than I can manage.

“I’m mainly a wine drinker,” she says. “But when I want a whiskey drink, I drink a Smile.”

Smile

  • Muddle a lemon wedge at the bottom of an old-fashioned glass with two dashes of Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters and about 1/2 ounce of honey syrup. (Honey syrup is a cinch to make, just add hot water to honey until it pours nicely.)
  • Add 2 ounces Maker’s Mark Bourbon, 1 ounce of the Italian cognac-based liqueur, Tuaca, and 1 ounce of freshly squeezed orange juice. Stir. Add ice.
  • You can garnish with a maraschino cherry, which looks cheerful peeking through the bottom of the drink. Walsh, being a Four Seasons bartender, garnishes with an orchid.

 

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