The legends and mythology of Ancient Hawaii speak of many spirits that might have been present in and around the deep jungles of the Hawaiian Island chain. However, when we speak of Hawaiian alcoholic spirits, there is only one. This unique alcohol is called Okolehao.
Originally created by fermenting the roots of Hawaiian Ti plant (Ki in the Hawaiian language) into a root beer, the introduction of distillation in the 1700's made Okolehau what it is today....Hawaii's original alcoholic spirit.
Iron pots, called dry pots (used in processing whale blubber) where brought ashore from the British whaling ships to distill this highly alcoholic concoction. This process also gave the Okolehao it's name. As two, iron pots where placed side-by-side, they resembled an large iron (hao in the Hawaiian language) butt (okole in the Hawaiian language).
With time, different additions (sugar cane, pineapple, taro) were used for the sugar content of Okolehau. And today, several varieties of Okolehao can be purchased around the islands.
1 1/2 oz Hawaiian Moonshine (Okolehau)
Large Ice Cubes
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 Tsp Simple Syrup
1/2 Lime cut into small wedges
3 sprigs of mint
Add Hawaiian Moonshine (Okolehau) fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and 2 sprigs of mint to a metal shaker with ice.
Shake to chill mixture to bruise the mint
Fill a tall glass with Ice and lime wedges
Double strain the cocktail mixture into the tall ice filled glass
Complete with soda water
Garnish with a third sprig of mint