Summer has arrived… Mahiki launches new cheeky, tiki cocktail to celebrate Chestertons Polo In The Park pop-up
Cheers to summer: Mahiki launches The Maui Mallet to celebrate its pop-up bar at Chestertons Polo In The Park this June
If you’re a MailOnline fan you will be interested in the polo season for two reasons: the brilliant sportsmen and women on the field looking hot and posh in incredibly tight jodhpurs, and the brilliantly naughty goings on at the Mahiki bar.
The West End club has been popping up at the much-loved Polo In the Park event for seven years, and wherever Mahiki goes, the fun seems to follow, largely due – I think I’m safe to say – to the vast amount of rum flowing.
Tropical summer: The Maui Mallet blends vodka, pineapple, mango, lime and mint
This year the Mayfair drinking den – known for elaborate (and lethal) drinks like the Treasure Chest and the Zombie – is stepping up its game and opening Europe’s largest pop-up bar at the hot ticket that is the Chestertons Polo In The Park event at Hurlingham.
Alongside classic tiki cocktails like the Pina Colada and the Coconut Grenade the team will be serving some new and exclusive tipples to the excitable horsey crowd over the weekend, and DetoxRetox was invited to try out the cocktail list in a rum-soaked session with head mixologist Georgi Radev at the London venue.
A taste of tiki: Georgi Radev gives DetoxRetox a Mahiki masterclass
Georgi has been mixing for Mahiki for over seven years and, much like the Hawaiian shirt he wears so well, likes his drinks fun, fruity, sweet and totally over the the top. There’s nothing subtle about these flavours.
He also loves a novelty vessel to add a cheeky touch and has created a tiki cocktail served in a mallet-shaped cup exclusively for for the Chestertons polo event. To keep things fresh the Maui Mallet uses vodka instead of rum, blending a generous serve of the spirit with pineapple, mango, lime, mint and ice to create a cool, long drink to accompany the pony-watching.
Georgi says: “It’s a delicious, tropical-tiki cocktail that will cool down fans in the hot British summer and refresh their inner soul after a long polo game. It brings some Polynesian fun in to the serious game of polo.”
Shake it: I worked hard for those cocktails
I’m not sure how refreshed my inner soul was, but I certainly had a lot of fun on the Mahiki dance floor after a few of Georgi’s mallets, which will be served at the polo and also as cocktail of the month in Mahiki in June.
And the good news is that they are a cinch to make at home – loud floral shirts and straw skirts optional
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MAHIKI MAUI MALLET
- Vodka – 50ml
- Mango Puree (try Mango Re’al) – 30ml
- Lime – 10ml
- Pineapple juice – 20ml
- Peach bitters – dash
- Glass or a Bamboo Mallet Mug (if you’re feeling creative!)
- Garnish – Mango fan and Mint Sprig
- Ice – Crushed
Place all the ingredients in the blender and add one scoop of crushed ice (16oz). Blend for 20-30 seconds. Poor in the glass and garnish with mango fan and mint sprig.
Chestertons Polo In The Park is held 5th-7th June at Hurlingham Park. The Mahiki bar will be open to everyone but VIP table bookings are available.
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