"Since the 1980s—that era of bad taste and cocaine—cocktails have mostly been used to get us from Point A to Drunk. We went for the fast and sweet. If blow brought us up, Long Island Iced Teas, Sexes on the Beach and Tom Cruise in Cocktail took us down. Lather, rinse, repeat. Now, we’ve slowed down. We care about what goes into our bodies. Let what has happened to food in Hawai‘i also elevate the drink with which we whet our appetites.” // Take Me To Your Liquor
—James Cave takes a sip (or six) from each of Honolulu’s craftiest bartenders as they prepare for the inaugural Hawaii Cocktail Week, happening now through Feb. 24.
Photo: Julian Walstrom, bar manager at Salt Bar + Kitchen, pours absinthe the Czech way—with flame.