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DYI Ice Volcano for your Mini Mystery Bowl

If you don’t yet own the Mini Mai-Kai Mystery Bowl, well, go get one HERE. Follow along regardless.

To make the ice volcano that goes in the center of the Mystery Drink, here is my plan. If you have your own, great! This is how I tackled it.

First you need finely crushed ice. I have sworn by my vintage Oster Snoflake for years and it still is the champ as far as I know.

 

I have found them in antique, vintage and thrift stores, but they are also on Ebay.

The result is a tray full of fine crushed ice.

Perhaps the more difficult aspect is finding the best sized vessel to form the ice volcano. The inner ring in the mini bowl is 2 inches. So you need something that tapers and is smaller than 2 inches at the top of the volcano form. I went through the cabinet and picked some small juice glasses. I had pilsners, but they had too steep an angle and the top would have been too small for the fire container.

I lightly packed the ice into the glass with s spoon as scoop about 3 inches deep. The quicker you do this, the better. Any melting can make the bottom of the glass fill with water and become a very smooth slick surface.

Then put them in the freezer for maybe 15 minutes to freeze your forms.

When they come out they will be frozen to the glass. You can just set them on the counter for a minute or two until they thaw enough to slip out. I can’t wait, so I use my hands to try to warm the glass. Then carefully slip them out and set them in the inner ring of the bowl.

Pour in a nice Scorpion Bowl recipe.

For the final touch, and to do it like the Mai-Kai, cut the end off a lemon and mash it with a juicer to make a “bowl”. I also cut the tip off to make it flatter. Pour some 151 proof rum in it and set it on the volcano. Light, serve and enjoy!

As the drink begins to melt the volcano, it may tip. Just press it back down and you can make the base flat again.

Molokai Bar Mai-Kai Menu

Just when you think you know what’s out there, something else comes along. Until about a month ago, I had never seen this menu. It is the “missing link” in a way. Oddly missing from the Mai-Kai drink menu that we all have seen that is dated 1957, is the Mystery Drink. That led to wondering if the Mystery Drink was around in 1956 when they opened. This is perhaps the answer. On this menu, dated 1959, is the Mystery Drink. There was a separate menu for the Molokai and that’s where the drink was ordered. It is dated 1959 and not 1957. We had this dated menu from 1958, so, this menu doesn’t get us closer to 1957 for the Mystery Drink, just firms up the evidence. One interesting thing from the mini menu is the image of the Mystery Drink. It is the kneeling girl bowl that was common among many bars.

 

That bowl is seen in this image from the Mai-Kai which is surely Annie Campbell:

UPDATE: This is NOT Ann Campbell. Get the Mai-Kai book and find out who it really is.

 

So, perhaps the Mystery Drink started in 1956 when the Mai-Kai opened, and the Mai-Kai Mystery Bowl appeared a little later…

UPDATE: The whole story of the Mystery Drink is in the book.