Michael Sye, a bartender at the Chart House Waikīkī shows you how to make a mango colada.

Photo: Melissa Chang

HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: Grand Marnier Mango Colada

Make this local twist on the sweet cocktail, courtesy of the Chart House Waikīkī, on National Piña Colada Day.

Friday is National National Piña Colada Day, a day to celebrate the sweet cocktail that originated in Puerto Rico and can now be found at just about any beachfront bar.

One of the world’s most popular cocktails, the piña colada is made with a mix of rum, cream of coconut or coconut milk and pineapple juice, most often served blended. (The name piña colada literally means “strained pineapple” in Spanish, a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice used in the drink.)

But why be basic?

Michael Sye, a bartender at the Chart House Waikīkī, whips up a colada with mango purée and Grand Marnier that takes the fun tropical drink to another level. It’s on the drink menu at the 52-year-old restaurant, known for its impeccable steak, seafood and stunning views of the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. (The Waikīkī spot was such a success it led to the opening of four other locations across Hawai‘i and two dozen spots on the Mainland.)


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Here’s the recipe:

Grand Marnier Mango Colada

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz. milk or cream
  • 1/2 oz. coconut syrup
  • 1/2 oz. sweet and sour mix
  • 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 3/4 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 oz. rum
  • Mango purée
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

Blend cream, coconut syrup, sweet and sour mix, pineapple juice, Grand Marnier and rum, with ice (if needed). Add mango purée to a glass, then top with blended mixture and whipped cream.