Around the World in 60 Cocktails: Hook, Line & Sinker

In traditional Polynesian mythology, Maui was a supernatural demigod, trickster and cultural hero. One of his finest creations was Mounu, believed to have been caught on the bottom of the sea with his magic hook, fished up and left on the sea surface which then became the islands of Vava’u in the present-day Kingdom of Tonga.

Drawing inspiration from Maui’s magical hook and his status as a trickster, Hook, Line and Sinker is our twist on the classic Mexican cocktail, the Paloma. To the traditional citrus notes of grapefruit and lime juice, we add Italy’s Aperol, which has become one of the world’s most popular aperitifs, loved for its approachable bittersweet flavors of cinchona, orange and rhubarb.

Luxardo Maraschino liqueur has been a bartender’s secret weapon for well over 100 years. Its distinctive taste is pivotal in this cocktail, as well as in classics such as the Hemingway Daiquiri and Last Word. No version of Paloma is complete without tequila. For our recipe, we rely on El Jimador Reposado, a 100% Blue Agave tequila which brings smooth notes of spice, vanilla and caramel sweetness.

Much like Maui’s hook, our cocktail snares flavors from across the globe that result in a bittersweet, dry and crisp concoction.


  • 1 bsp. Agave nectar
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. pink grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz. Aperol
  • 1/2 oz. Luxardo Maraschino
  • 1 oz. El Jimador Tequila Reposado
  • Pink grapefruit wedge, for garnish

How to Prepare:

  1. Rim a Collins glass with sea salt and put to one side
  2. Prepare a pink grapefruit wedge garnish
  3. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, top with cubed ice and shake for 10 seconds
  4. Drain any excess water from the Collins glass, fine strain and garnish with pink grapefruit wedge