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Tommy Bahama serves up holiday cheer

December 15th, 2015
JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMThe rooftop bar and lounge at Tommy Bahama's Waikiki restaurant and retail store.

JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM

The rooftop lounge at Tommy Bahama's Waikiki restaurant and retail store includes sand and fire pits.

With Christmas just 10 days away and the holiday shopping season in full swing, you might need a little pick me up after a long day at the mall — or maybe even between trips to different ones!

COURTESY TOMMY BAHAMAThe Coconut Eggnog Martini from Tommy Bahama Waikiki.

COURTESY TOMMY BAHAMA

The Coconut Eggnog Martini from Tommy Bahama Waikiki.

If you find yourself in Waikiki, be sure to stop off at the new Tommy Bahama restaurant. It might seem a bit confusing at first when you walk into the first-floor retail area, but head upstairs to the second-floor dining room or rooftop bar and lounge for some respite among the hustle and bustle along Kalakaua Avenue.

The rooftop is definitely your best bet in the later part of the afternoon, when the sun is on its way down and Hawaii’s trade winds help keep the temperature at a comfortable level. Grab a seat near the fire pits, dig your toes into the sand and look skyward and it’s almost possible to forget you’re amongst thousands of tourists.

Tommy Bahama is also helping customers get into the holiday spirit with a special cocktail available now through the end of the year. The Coconut Eggnog Martini is a cocktail with an island-infused twist, made with Cruzan Coconut rum and Jim Beam bourbon. It’s priced at $13.50.

Want to skip on the scenery and just get down to drinking? The Tommy Bahama folks were kind enough to pass along the recipe as well so you can make it at home.

COCONUT EGGNOG MARTINI

Recipe courtesy Tommy Bahama Waikiki

Ingredients:

» 1 part Jim Beam

» 1 part Cruzan Coconut rum

» 1 1/2 parts coconut eggnog (see recipe below)

Instructions:

Shake all ingredients well over ice and strain into a martini glass. Sprinkle with nutmeg to garnish.

COCONUT EGGNOG

Ingredients:

» 5 egg yolks

» 3/4 cup sugar

» 1 cup heavy cream

» 2 cups coconut milk

» Pinch of salt

» 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

» 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions:

Whisk egg yolks with sugar until creamy and sugar begins to dissolve. Add cream and coconut milk. Stir in vanilla, salt and nutmeg. Chill well before using.

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Jason Genegabus has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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