On the Saturday of the Henley RR I was rocking it up with The Rolling Stones and therefore unable to join my winners for some cocktails and Tiki time... my very lovely (and super smiley) friend Becky kindly wrote a write up for me on the day and this is what she made of it...
'You may remember that last week Life of a Londoner ran its first competition courtesy of Mahiki Coconut. The winner’s prize included a pair of tickets to Henley’s Royal Regatta with access to the exclusive Mahiki pop-up bar, a treasure chest and selection of light bites from the grill.
I was lucky enough to experience Mahiki’s VIP Tiki Wonderland on Friday evening myself. The Mahiki bar at Henley was filled with beautiful people including a number of “celebs” such as our favourite Made In Chelsea boys, Hugo Taylor, Spencer Matthews, Francis Boulle and the lovely Ollie Locke. I was however disappointed to learn that we had missed out on seeing Lawson in the flesh, (although in contrast to their Cosmo shoot they were fully clothed so perhaps it isn't so bad).
After having a brief look at the celebs boat racing, our very own Mahiki Coconut mixologist CK greeted us with a delicious Mahiki Breeze a blend of cranberry, grapefruit, Mahiki Coconut and lime juice – the perfect refreshing mix for a summer’s evening.
CK then gave us a cocktail master class, starting with the Mahiki Breeze; we then got to try out some of Mahiki’s most popular cocktails all of which were coconut based – including a fruity lime Daiquiri and the Tiki-Colada (essentially this is a Coconut Mojito). Thanks to our excellent teacher it was a lot of fun learning how to stir and shake, but I don’t think I'm quite ready to join the Mahiki bar team any time soon!
Having lined our stomachs
Despite not having a moment to actually see any of the boat racing this was a perfect way to spend a midsummer evening and with fantastic hosts, so if you fancy a Mahiki-inspired evening have a go at making your very own TikiColada, which is simple enough to make at home!'
50ml Mahiki Coconut rum
10ml freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp castor sugar
8-10 mint leaves
30ml coconut cream
1 can of Ting (Caribbean grapefruit soda)
Firstly pour a large measure, approximately 50ml of Mahiki Coconut into a sling glass. Next add the 10ml of freshly squeezed lime juice and two tablespoons of castor sugar. Pick 8-10 mint leaves, clap them between your hands to release their aroma and throw them in and pour in 30ml of coconut cream. Fill the sling glass with crushed ice and churn all the ingredients for around 5 seconds. A touch more crushed ice to fill the glass then top with Ting, the Caribbean grapefruit soda. Last but not least to ensure that the finished result looks nice and pretty, garnish it with a large mint sprig and you have yourself a world famous Tiki-Colada!!