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St. Damien of Moloka'i- Mai Tai- May 10

Updated: Jan 6

St. Damien was a Belgian priest who answered the call of his Bishop to serve a leper colony in Moloka’i, an island in the center of Hawaii. Although he was in a beautiful place geographically, the community endured much physical suffering. St. Damien’s works of mercy within this community inspired great hope and faithfulness to Christ.

(Photo: Catholic Online)

As a way to celebrate him in your home, make a Mai Tai! It is one of the most famous Tiki drinks and was initially mixed with the intention of highlighting good, quality rum. Later on the use of juice and mixers became popular, but this is not the original way to make it and you will not find them in this recipe. This boozy beverage is deliciously refreshing, and highly popular in Hawaii. Even if you don't get to make it for his feast day, it's absolutely perfect for these hot summer months.

Due to this being a weeknight mixer, mine is not too dressed up, but you could garnish with all my suggestions if you want!


  1. 1 1/2 ounce white rum

  2. 1/2 ounce lime juice

  3. 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (could also use triple sec or grand marnier)

  4. 1 ounce orgeat syrup (the g sounds like “ZH”)

  5. 1/2 ounce dark rum

  6. Garnish: pineapple slice, cherry, mint, or lime wedge

Quick Video Directions with Explanation Below!

Step by Step

1. Pour 1 1/2 ounce white rum, 1/2 ounce lime juice, 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (could also use triple sec or grand marnier), 1 ounce orgeat syrup (the g sounds like “ZH”), and a couple of ice cubes into a shaker.

2. Shake it up and pour it over an ice cube or two in a low ball glass.

3. Slowly pour 1/2 ounce dark rum into the drink and watch it sit on top. OoOh AaAh!

4. Garnish the glass with a lime wedge, pineapple wedge, cherry, and mint leaves.

Before you toast one another, pray for the intercession of St. Damien!

St. Damien of Moloka'i Prayer

Damien, brother on the journey, happy and generous missionary, who loved the Gospel more than your own life, who for love of Jesus left your family, your homeland, your security and your dreams.

Teach us to give our lives with joy like yours, to be in solidarity with the outcasts of our world, to celebrate and contemplate the Eucharist as the source of our own commitment.

Help us to love to the very end and, in the strength of the Spirit, to persevere in compassion for the poor and forgotten so that we might be good disciples of Jesus and Mary.


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