Max’s South Seas Cocktail Menu

Max’s Signature Cocktails

  • Max’s South Seas Swizzle
    Our namesake swizzle, frosted to perfection with lime, falernum, and Michigan-made rum and maple syrup.
  • Long Pours & Lake Shores
    Vibrant and refreshing with Agricole rhum from Martinique, passion fruit, lime, and local Michigan apple cider. For the freshwater mariners.
  • Formidable Dragon
    This hearty concoction with a generous dose of dark and overproof rums, lime, honey and amaro breathes heat! It’s not called the Friendly Dragon!
  • Buccan
    French rum, Greek brandy, and smoky grilled pineapple shrub provide a daring depth of flavor to get you Luau ready!
  • Max’s Barrel-O-Rum
    All great tiki bars should have a house rum barrel, and ours is filled with loads of full-bodied rums from around the world, some lime and pineapple, and a few secrets that even our bartenders don’t know.
  • Shanghai Honeymoon
    A marvelous marriage begins in a glass filled with fresh citrus, apricot, two rums, and is made memorable with a salted five-spice honey.
  • Mahukona
    This dynamic flavor volcano erupts with potent rums, lime, pineapple, li hing mui (salted plum), sesame, and rustic ancho chiles.
  • Golden Grotto
    Guarded by a shark-infested grotto, this treasured tipple rewards you with light rum, local gin, fresh mint, citrus, yuzu marmalade and champagne!
  • Marooned with the Movie Star
    A bombshell combination bursting with ginger. Lime, grapefruit, tangy pomegranate, and light-bodied rum join you on a fateful trip.
  • Juan Ho Royale
    Dreaming of turquoise seas? Like tequila? This surfer favorite rides a wave of fresh citrus, nutty orgeat, exotic spices, tequila, champagne, and blue stuff.
  • Astrochimp
    Blast out of the atmosphere with the first chimp in space! Aged rum, cachaca, banana, macadamia nut orgeat and a plantain ribbon covered in spacedust. This one’s for you, Ham!
  • Hana Reviver
    Take a load off and unwind with this balanced beauty. Lemon, honey, savory plum, passion fruit, maraschino, and potent Jamaican rum.
  • Max’s Own Grog
    Every Big Kahuna get his own grog! A special blend of three rums, lime, pomegranate, local blueberry liqueur, plus nutmeg all over the place.
  • Undead Gentleman
    A Zombie that’s been simplified slightly and served on the stem, for the sophisticated savage. Lime, grapefruit, cinnamon, falernum with overproof and demerara rums.
  • Dead Reckoning
    Let this drink guide you to a new destination! Full-bodied rum, vanilla brandy, tawny port, local maple syrup, citrus, and pineapple.
  • Agricole Guava Cooler
    Expect the unexpected with all the flavors of a Martinique farmer’s market. Guava, fresh lime, vanilla, cinnamon and French rhum agricole will tantalize one’s palate.

Exotic Cocktails

  • Mai Tai
    In the great pantheon of exotic cocktails from the Golden Age, one stands as the most iconic of the era. Made as Trader Vic did in 1944, this elegant classic is made with fresh lime juice, orgeat, demerara sugar, orange curaçao, and our special house blend of fine Jamaican rums.
  • Navy Grog
    A rich and hearty hoist, this mighty grog combines lashings of rum with fresh lime and grapefruit juice, bound with complex allspice. Be careful with this concoction or you’ll end up below decks!
  • Jet Pilot
    As tiki flourished during the jet age, this classic was created to honor these new heroes of aviation. This 1950s version from The Luau in Beverly Hills will fuel your tanks with citrus, spices, and a blend of rums, with a little roll, pitch, and yaw thrown in for good measure.
  • Zombie
    The legendary “mender of broken dreams” and Don the Beachcomber’s most famous (and lethal) concoction, the Zombie deftly balances fresh lime and grapefruit juices, island spices, Herbsaint, and an arsenal of rums to potent yet delightful effect. Limit of two per person…“for your own safety.”
  • Bourbon Special
    Bourbon? That’s right: Bourbon! A refreshing yet characterful exploration with fresh lime, ginger beer, and Barbadian falernum liqueur. As served in the 1950s at Steve Crane’s Kon-Tiki.
  • Singapore Sling
    From the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, this classic’s flavors and tropical origin make it a welcome staple of tiki bar menus around the world. An agreeable mixture of gin, fresh lemon juice, Cherry Heering, Benedictine, and two bitters.
  • 151 Swizzle
    Elegant in its simplicity; a couple of dashes of Herbsaint and bitters lend credence to a potent Demerara rum from Guyana. You’ll find your spirits warm as the frost on the glass forms.
  • Aku Aku
    Originally served at Don the Beachcomber’s in the 1930s as the Missionary’s Downfall, this lofty libation is bursting with fresh pineapple, mint, peach, light rum and a zip of fresh citrus.
  • Three Dots & A Dash
    Created during World War II by Donn Beach, you won’t have to learn Morse Code to enjoy this elaborate blend of Martinique and Demerara rums, honey, falernum, allspice, bitters, and fresh lime and orange.
  • Captain’s Grog
    From the Captain’s Inn, Long Beach, California, this hale and hearty grog from the heyday of tiki will help keep you on an even keel. Made with a special blend of rums, fresh lime and grapefruit, curaçao, falernum, and local maple syrup.
  • Doctor’s Funk
    The doctor is in and prescribes funky rum, fresh lemon, grenadine, and plenty of anise. The only exotic cocktail to actually have its origins in the South Pacific, Trader Vic wrote that, “this drink and the sunrise in the morning are the only sure things they count on in Tahiti.”
  • Pearl Diver
    A delightfully different diversion, you’ll find all your favorite tiki flavors of rum, fresh citrus, and spices made smooth and rich with the addition of honey and cream. This one will have you on top when you reach the bottom!
  • Pupule
    This well-spiced delight is one of Donn’s earliest drinks from his Hollywood outpost, and since its rediscovery by Beachbum Berry, has been lauded as one of the forgotten classics. Brought to life with rum, allspice, cinnamon, vanilla, and fresh lime and orange.
  • Demerara Dry Float
    This vibrant cocktail is dry and tart and sure to satisfy! Demerara rums, passion fruit, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lemon and lime. But beware, this one has a dangerous side!
  • Saturn
    This beauty runs rings around the competition! London Dry Gin with fresh lemon, passion fruit, falernum, and orgeat; served on the stem.
  • Puka Punch
    This eleven-ingredient masterpiece from the world-famous Tiki-Ti in Los Angeles is “Superb in Taste Sensation.” Discover why it’s so popular when you drink the Master Ninja’s blend of rums, lime, orange, honey, passion fruit, falernum, and…oh heck, we forget the rest.
  • Jungle Bird
    Hear its mysterious call from deep within the Malaysian jungle! A drink created in Kuala Lumpur that has found great popularity coast to coast in saloons of all stripes. Rich Jamaican rum, pineapple and lime meet the Italian icon Campari
  • Boo Loo
    It takes two to Boo Loo! This pineapple- and rum-laden lovely from the 1960s is designed to be sharedserved in a fresh pineapple while supplies last! With fresh lime, honey, rums, and plenty of pineapple.
  • Sidewinder’s Fang
    Bet you didn’t think you’d have to fight off snakes today. Delightfully juicy, but beware this serpent’s bite! This caduceus of a cocktail features lime, orange, passion fruit, and intertwining rums.

Coconut Corner

  • Tradewinds
    If the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility with this Jamaican drink from the 1970s. Two rums, fresh lemon, house coconut cream, and apricot.
  • Piña Colada
    It’s a Piña Colada.
  • Lei Lani Nouveau
    A Smuggler’s Cove update that brings some additional magic to a Walt Disney World drink from the 1970s. Demerara rum, house coconut cream, natural guava soda, and fresh lime and pineapple.
  • Painkiller
    Direct from the British Virgin Islands comes this addictively popular favorite and, as is tradition, you choose the strength… 2 oz, 3 oz, or 4 oz! With Pusser’s Rum, pineapple, orange, our house coconut cream, and topped with fresh grated nutmeg.


  • Angostura Colada
    A contemporary classic created by Zac Overman, this drink takes loads of Angostura bitters and pot still Jamaican rum and wraps them up in a friendly fluffy coconut blanket.
  • Blue Hawaiian
    Invented by the legendary Harry Yee of the Hawaiian Village Hotel, Waikiki, 1957. This classic, resplendent in blue, will have you longing for distant shores. Pineapple, lemon, vodka, house coconut cream, and blue stuff.


  • Scorpion Bowl
    Grab a friend, grab a straw, and prepare to feel the sting. Savor this social ceremony from Steve Crane’s fabled Beverly Hills hotspot, The Luau. Fresh orange and lemon, orgeat, and loads of rum, gin, and brandy!

    64 oz; serves 3-4 people

  • Tiki Bowl
    Since Trader Vic pioneered the shared bowl drink during WWII, few have been able to resist the siren song of communal drinking through giant straws. Enjoy this convivial affair with good friends and partake of its blend of honey, juices, rum, and bitters.

    32 oz; serves 2 people

Draft Beer

  • Short’s Local’s Light
    American Lager, Bellaire, Michigan 5.2%
  • Rockford Brewing Company ‘Hoplust’
    American IPA, Rockford, Michigan 7.1%
  • Vander Mill Hard Apple Cider
    Semi-Sweet Hard Cider, Grand Rapids, Michigan 6.5%


Sparkling by the Glass

  • Salmon Creek
    brut, California

White Wine by the Glass

  • Taonga
    sauvignon blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2017
  • Annabella
    chardonnay, Napa Valley, California 2016

Red Wine by the Glass

  • Bread & Butter
    cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley, California 2017
  • Schug
    pinot noir, Sonoma Coast, California 2017

Champagne by the Bottle

  • Champagne Collet
    brut, Champagne, France
  • Veuve Clicquot
    brut, Reims, France NV

White Wine by the Bottle

  • Tangent
    albarino, Paragon Vineyard Edna Valley, California 2016
  • Rombauer
    chardonnay, Carneros, California 2018

Red Wine by the Bottle

  • True Myth
    cabernet sauvignon, Paso Robles, California 2016
  • Rustenberg
    blend, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2013
  • King Estate
    pinot noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2016
  • Tapiz ‘Black Tears’
    Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
  • Chateau Montelena
    Cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley, California 2016