HAWAII Magazine's Contemporary Tropical cocktails … On TV!

Our July/August tropical cocktail feature has gone multimedia.

Yep, we’re on TV!

Contemporary Tropicals: A Guide to the Best in Island Libations will be a featured segment on top-rated Honolulu morning show Sunrise On KGMB9, Wednesday, at 7:50 a.m.

Wake up and watch as HAWAII Magazine editor John Heckthorn, Royal Hawaiian Hotel master mixologist Joey Gottesman and KGMB reporter Ramsay Wharton mix up some cocktails at the Mai Tai Bar on Waikiki Beach. The segment was taped this morning under clear blue skies and warm sunlight, with the trio gamely imbibing Ramos Gin Fizzes and Beach House Coolers while talking fresh cocktails and HAWAII Magazine.

Hands down, Dr. Joey is our favorite Hawaii mixologist. Watch him in action, behind the bar with us, on Sunrise On KGMB9 on Wednesday.

We had a fun morning at the Royal. Hope it shows.

If you miss our Contemporary Tropicals segment on KGMB TV (or you live on the Mainland), we’ll be posting links to videos right here on HawaiiMagazine.com as soon as they become available.

We published eight of Joey’s tropical cocktail recipes—complete with colorful photos by staff photographer David Croxford—in the July/August issue of HAWAII Magazine, now available on newsstands nationwide. Another four recipes are being posted here, and only here on HawaiiMagazine.com. Here’s the second.

Hopefully, you’ve already mixed up Joey’s recipe for a Naturally Spiced Margarita. Now, enjoy this exclusive HawaiiMagazine.com recipe for a fresh strawberry-infused martini that’s just the right balance of sweet and tart.

The Shanghai Diva

Joey Gottesman crafted this drink to placate customers at Honolulu’s E&O Trading Co. who repeatedly asked for a strawberry martini. “Every recipe I’d seen was always artificially flavored,” says Gottesman. “Why would I want to do that? Why not just use fresh strawberry?” This Diva charms with an incredibly balanced taste—a bright, natural berry sweetness—that’s light on the palate. Sugar can be added or subtracted depending on the sweetness of the strawberry.

tropical_fresh_cocktails_recipe_Royal_Hawaiian_twoMuddle these ingredients in the mixing glass of a Boston shaker:

1 oz. strawberry vodka
1 whole fresh strawberry
1 oz. cranberry juice
1 level tsp. sugar (if fresh strawberry is tart, you may add more to taste)

Top mixing glass with ice and bruise in Boston shaker. Strain cocktail into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.

Photos: The Shanghai Diva (top) by David Croxford; HAWAII Magazine's John Heckathorn, master mixologist Joey Gottesman and Sunrise on KGMB9's Ramsay Wharton enjoying Royal Mai Tais at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki (bottom) by Dawn Sakamoto