Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in Waikiki with Our Top Picks for Tequila Cocktails
With Cinco de Mayo on everyone's mind, it's the perfect time to do a tequila cocktail tour of Waikiki. It's Fiesta time in the beautiful islands. Hawaiians know how to celebrate in spirit with spirits. Take a look at the best tequila cocktails in Waikiki to enjoy this Cinco de Mayo responsibly!
#1 The HULA-RITA at Hula Grill
Located right on Waikiki Beach, Hula Grill is famed for being home to more than a few Hawaiian culinary phenomena. First, there's the Hula-Rita that's perfect for ringing in Cinco de Mayo. This festive, fruit-infused cocktail that brings the island breezes to your taste buds combines Kapena li hing mui infused with Blanco tequila with fresh sweet and sour, agave and passion-fruit juice. It's like a divine gift from the islands on your lips. The thing about the Hula Grill is that even its phenomenal food and drinks get outshined by its hula pie. Served in portions big enough to share even though you'd never want to give up a single bite, this dessert features macadamia-nut ice cream stacked high over delicious chocolate cookie crust with a layer of incredible chocolate fudge as a crown. It's topped with whipped cream and drizzles of fudge before showers of toasted macadamia nuts rain down over it.
#2 The STREET FIGHTER COCKTAIL at Maui Brewing Co
A brewery in Paradise, award-winning Maui Brewing Co located just steps from the ocean on bustling Kalakaua Avenue is the go-to for cold ones in the Hawaiian heat. As the largest brewery in the state, it's the unofficial hangout spot for Cinco de Mayo. Nestled in a world-class menu full of craft beers and libations, the Street Fighter Cocktail pulls all the punches with Karma Silver Tequila, water and house sour served with a chile salt rim.
The full menu at Maui Brewing boasts wings, fries, salads, veggie burgers and many more of your favorite bar foods done with an island twist—and from scratch! That means everything is made from raw ingredients and special recipes with no shortcuts.
On Cinco de Mayo, the Maui Brewing signature nachos might be just what you need to accompany your tequila cocktail. If you're not sure you want to commit to tequila, try out items like Pueo West Coast pale ale, Bikini Blonde lager or Coconut Hiwa porter from the amazing menu of craft beers. If you're looking at Cinco de Mayo as your opener for summer, take a look at some pairing options perfect for party season.
#3 WAIKIKI JAM COCKTAIL at Kani Ka Pila Grille at Outrigger Reef
The new tequila-infused Waikiki Jam Cocktail just might be the hottest drink for Cinco de Mayo on the island this year. It starts with fresh guava, lime and pineapple juice - and only gets better from there. There's already tons of anticipation surrounding the drink's debut now that Kani Ka Pila Grille at Outrigger Reef is reopen. Coming back with a brand new level of island-inspired freshness, the updated Kani Ka Pila Grille has undergone a complete remodel with an entirely new menu. And before you ask - yes, the daily live music is back, too. Check out the lineup here.
Do You Have Plans for Cinco de Mayo in Waikiki?
If you don't, make them with one of these merrymaking options .You haven't truly experienced a tequila cocktail until you've experienced a cocktail done Hawaiian style. While Cinco de Mayo may be here for just one day, you have the rest of the summer to dive into these sunshine-inspired drinks.