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Hali’imaile General Store’s Happy Hour and Interview with Wendy Agustin

Wendy Agustin

Haliimaile General Store


How did you get a job there?

 I must be Blessed….


What spirit do you like to work with the most? what is the last drink you made with it?

 Probably Rum, I love making culinary cocktails, versatile for our Island style drinks


Perhaps you are a wine and beer fan and distilled beverages dont float your boat, what is the last incredible wine or beer you drank? What made it spectacular?

Nothing is better than that FROSTY, hot off the dusty trail, but my passion is sharing a BIG beefy bottle of red.


What is your favorite happy hour on Maui? Why?

I’m a cowgirl & an Ol’ surfer, like I said , I love that frosty, I’ve earned it ! This is my happiest hour.


What is your bar’s signature drink/wine/beer?

We are proud of many, All of our specialty drinks are made with fresh ingredients, Our award winning Tai Mai, is a must have, when our guests arrive on Island and their Aloha oi’.


What is YOUR signature drink? (Or go to wine or beer in your selection?)

Oh my,  there are many….perhaps our Lemon grass Ginger frost.


When you are making a cocktail what is the most important thing?

 Fresh ingredients & Happy customers.


Lets say your pitching an investor who wants you to open your ultimate bar. What is your concept? Where is it located?

Open air, upscale, dress or casual, ocean activity to watch, warm sand on your toes, where the food & drink are memorable.


Name one new liquor/beer/wine you tasted recently. What was your impression?

A big jammy Zin, Cab blend, One more please….


What are your regulars like?

We look forward to seeing  our guests ‘come home,’ We have a few editions now of our family photo albums, our customers have earned their way into the book


What is one interesting thing about being a bartender on Maui?

Everyone is happy to be here, and to have their familiar and friendly bartender to look forward to, visit after visit.


What makes a good bartender? Why are you one?

Consistency,seasonal and fresh ingredients, a passion for creating and sharing with your customers

 

What is the newest drink you have created? Describe what’s in it.

“Uncle Joe’s Ruby Red” Joe Gannon was my inspiration for this drink, he grows the best grapefruits and loves to bring me fresh squeezed juice from his trees. I created a Ruby red grapefruit with a mint sour infusion & a kosher salt rim, a balance of fresh fruit and herb, sweet, sour,& salty.

 

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