Jim “Hurricane” Hayward

Jim Hayward has been a writer, editor and web producer for more than 30 years, earning his nickname by virtue of both his potent tropical concoctions and his online coverage of tropical weather since the mid-’90s. Via his blog, The Atomic Grog, he’s also become known for his tropical drink mixology and reverence for South Florida’s iconic Mai-Kai restaurant. Open since 1956, The Mai-Kai is a mid-century marvel, beloved by Tiki and Polynesian Pop enthusiasts from around the world. The Atomic Grog’s Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide is a unique resource for tropical drink enthusiasts who flock to Fort Lauderdale to sample these one-of-a-kind creations. The blog features in-depth news and insights, plus comprehensive reviews and recipes for nearly every Mai-Kai cocktail, past and present. Hayward’s original and re-interpreted recipes have gained a worldwide following and have been featured at bars across the country, from Hidden Harbor in Pittsburgh to Hale Pele and Trader Vic’s in Portland.

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