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Top of Waikiki revives original ’65 cocktails

Everyday is #TBT (Throwback Thursday) at Top of Waikiki, thanks to a brand new cocktail menu by Director of Mixology, Jennifer Ackrill. Inspired by the original cocktail menu at Top of Waikiki at its opening in 1965, this innovative collection includes seven signature cocktails, as well as two non-alcoholic refreshers.

Top of Waikiki’s new Throwback to ’65 Cocktails
By Director of Mixology Jennifer Ackrill

Waikiki Daiquiri – A modern twist on a classic daiquiri recipe, it’s made with Flor de Cana 4 year rum, pineapple and lime, over cubed ice. $14 / $9 Happy Hour. 

Singapore Sling – Originated in the 1920’s at the Raffles Hotel, this is an updated variation of a long-lost recipe. It’s made with Broker’s London dry gin, Cherry Heering, Benedectine, lime, pineapple, Anhostura bitters and soda, serve tall. $14.

Western Whiskey Sour – Combining whiskey and tequila is a not so obvious combination
that, with jalapeno, makes this sour unforgettable. It’s made with Jim Beam bourbon, Olmeca Altos reposado tequila, lemon, egg whites, jalapeno tincture and cinnamon. $14 / $9 Happy Hour.

Toki Collins – This is a Japanese twist on one of the 1960’s most popular cocktails. It’s made with Toki Japanese whiskey, green tea, lime, soda and shiso leaf, served tall. $14.

Pono Planter’s Punch – The addition of local hibiscus gives this Planter’s Rum Punch
recipe a tangy, modern flavor. It’s made with Appleton Reserve Jamaican rum, Plantation 3 star rum, lemon, lime, hibiscus and tiki bitters, served tall. $14.

Nihon Guava Gimlet – Lime gives this gimlet its name, while guava, Kikori Japanese rice whisky and Avua cachaca give the drink a fresh, new spin. It’s made with Kikori Japanese rice whisky, Avua cachaca, guava, lime and coriander syrup, served over cubed ice. $14. 

Blue Hawaii – Harry Yee should be proud of this slight adaption of his Hawaiian classic. Made with Pau vodka, Koloa rum, lemon, lime, blue curacao and pineapple, served tall. $14 / $9 Happy Hour.

Hibiscus Tonic (a non-alcoholic refresher) – A refreshing mix of local Hibiscus tea, lime and tonic, served tall. $8 / $6 Happy Hour.

Mai Tai Refresher – A sweet and tangy non alcoholic variation, made with Lilikoi, pineapple, tea, lime, orgeat and cubed ice. $8 / $6 Happy Hour.


Hawaii’s only revolving restaurant, Top of Waikiki, has entertained guests in the heart of Waikiki for over 50 years. It features breathtaking sunset views of Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head and the Honolulu city lights with a full rotation completing every hour.

Top of Waikiki offers award-winning Hawaii Regional Steak and Seafood, prepared by Executive Chef Lance Kosaka. This three-tier restaurant is the perfect setting for all occasions, including romantic date nights, dinners with friends and family or private events. The restaurant revolves around an open, sit-down bar where guests can enjoy Waikiki’s best happy hour and feel like they are, well, at the top of Waikiki!

TOP OF WAIKIKI Hours of Operation

  • Nightly 5pm – 9:30pm
  • Happy Hour Nightly 5pm – 9:30pm at the bar
  • Dress code: resort casual, no beachwear and no sleeveless shirts for men · Restaurant reservations available at topofwaikiki.com or by calling (808) 923-3877
  • Validated parking available in the Waikiki Business Plaza and Waikiki Shopping Plaza


  • Executive Chef – Lance Kosaka
  • Executive Sous Chef – Dorvin Shinjo
  • Mixologist – Jennifer Ackrill
  • General Manager – Tina Giesseman
  • Managers – Tamara Leong, John Ooi, Rick Solari

Top of Waikiki
21st floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza
2270 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii  96815

Tel. (808) 923-3877


3 thoughts on “Top of Waikiki revives original ’65 cocktails

  • December 10, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I love throwback cocktails. It reminds me of sneaking into bars with a fake ID back in the 80s, not knowing what to order, and then ordering whatever the ‘special’ was on the menu and trying to look like I knew what I was doing. I am way beyond that now, but it is a wave of nostalgia for me. BTW, Singapore slings taste like cost syrup…..

  • December 11, 2017 at 4:43 pm


    I don’t recall this take on the Singapore Sling tasting like cough medicine. It was more fruity than medicine-like.

    That’s so funny going into a bar underage and “trying to act like you knew what you were doing”. I think now days most bars are really strict with proper ID. At least the ones in Waikiki are.


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