Sep 2, 2009

The Perfect Mai Tai

The Perfect Mai Tai

If you've ordered a Mai Tai in a regular restaurant, you haven't had the real thing. Even if you go to Hawaii and order one, chances are, you haven't had the real thing. This is because most places use mixes and completely ignore the classic recipe. I first learned what a Mai Tai could be on Kauai at Tahiti Nui - a genuine, hole-in-the-wall, Tiki Bar on the North Shore that serves the best Mai Tai on the island. In fact, that's pretty much all they serve. The waitresses look confused if you order anything else. So I didn't. After my boyfriend and I got back from Kauai, I was left with a bad craving for Mai Tais. We looked all over the web and finally found a recipe from a former bartender of Trader Vic's - where the Mai Tai was created. Here is the real deal, with some pineapple juice thrown in. --AnglophileLV

1 Part Lime Juice
2.5 Parts Dark Rum (Appleton Estate 12 year Jamaica Rum)
1 Part Orgeat syrup (Torani makes one)
1 Part Orange Curacao
1.5 Parts Simple Syrup
A Dash of Pineapple Juice (mango juice is also tasty)

Garnish glass with a wedge of Pineapple and a marachino cherry - and an umbrella just for fun.

WanderFood Wednesday

No comments: