(June 11, 2013) – One of the favorite “staycations” of locals here on the island of Maui is over to the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay. A quick jump by plane or ferry from Maui lands you at one of the world’s finest resorts, where turquoise blue water meets a crescent white-sand beach. Overlooking a protected marine preserve, here you can enjoy some of the best snorkeling and dolphin watching in the islands. Set cliffside, you add on the impeccable Four Seasons’ service and amenities, scrumptious dining al fresco under the stars and inside at the recently opened Nobu, and fabulous cocktails poolside, and you have the makings of an ultimate inspired getaway.

We are thrilled to be featured at this world class resort, and wanted to share this fabulous drink recipe with you, created by Nobu Executive Chef Oyvind Naesheim and Kailani Restaurant Manager Jeremy Sidman.

Lokahi Cocktail, Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay (excerpt from blog post from Taste by Four Seasons)

This cocktail was inspired by the universal idea of unity. Here on Lana’i, it is the Hawaiian value of LŌKAHI, or unity. Similar to Polynesian voyaging, our team has embarked on an incredible journey. Like paddling a canoe, the journey requires teamwork, diversity, balance, harmony and strength. This drink is a harmonious and flavorful balance of ingredients that equally represent unity – two teams aligned in unison to achieve one common goal. Nobu Executive Chef, Oyvind Naesheim, and Kailani Restaurant Manager, Jeremy Sidman, united on the voyage to create a sustainable cocktail.

2 oz (60 ml) Maui’s Own Organic Ocean Vodka
1-½ whole calamansi lime, halved
½ oz (15 ml) Lehua honey syrup
6 chunks of fresh pineapple
2 Maui vanilla bean (split lengthwise with vanilla beans open)
4 ginger pieces, cut into matchsticks

1. Muddle calamansi halves with ginger sticks, vanilla bean and pineapple in a shaker until the pineapple is almost crushed into juice and the vanilla bean is split open.

2. Pour the Ocean Vodka into the glass with the muddled contents and add the honey syrup. Add ice to the ingredients and shake vigorously.

3. Strain into a martini glass and place dehydrated pineapple slice on top of the drink.

– See more at: http://taste.fourseasons.com/seasonal-recipe/lokahi-cocktail/#sthash.Avk0fe45.dpuf