Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mai Tai

Day 11


Mai Tai
3 shots out of 5



Tonight's cocktail of choice is a Mai Tai, another cocktail that I have never had before.  When searching for a recipe for the Mai Tai, I ran into may different versions of it.  I then found out that the original Mai Tai did not have any pineapple, orange or guava juice in it.  Apparently the Mai Tai is a rum based drink and not a fruity drink, but somewhere down the line someone added the 3 juices to the cocktail and named it the Maui Mai Tai.  I think I might try that version another time, either in this blog of 365 cocktails or just on my own depending on how many different cocktails I create for this blog.

Well I sure did say it, this is definitely a rum drink!  WOW.  The first sip was quite limey, then I stirred in the Myers Rum that I had floated on top and WOWZERS, holy rum Batman!  After a few sips you get used to it and it actually becomes pretty enjoyable.  This is definitely a stronger drink then some of the others I've made in my 11 days.

Here is the recipe for a Mai Tai:

  • 2 shots rum
  • 1/2 shot cointreau
  • 1 shot lime juice
  • 1/2 shot orgeat
  • 1/4 shot simple syrup
  • a dash of grenadine
  • dark rum

Fill 1/3 of the shaker with ice.  Add all of the ingredients except for the dark rum and shake it up good.  Fill up your glass with crushed ice and strain the drink into your glass from the shaker.  Here's the trick, you need to float a small layer of dark rum on top of the Mai Tai.  Take your bar spoon, turn it so that the back of the spoon is facing up then tilt it so that the bottom tip of your spoon is just a little below the surface of your drink.  Basically you don't want to have the dark rum drip into your drink, which would make it sink into the Mai Tai.  Slowly pour the dark rum on the back of the spoon so that it slowly makes a layer on top of your cocktail.  We stuck a straw in it  to drink from the bottom for a few sips then ended up stirring in the dark rum and finishing it off that way.


Here is a photo of the ingredients:



Here is a photo of the end result:



All in all, the Mai Tai was enjoyable.  I am honestly having a blast making all of these different cocktails and trying them out.  I hope you are enjoying some of them at home as well.  If you have any different cocktails that are your absolute favorites or some that you've heard of and want me to try, send me and email at cocktailady@gmail.com and your cocktail may be featured as one of my 365 cocktails.

Cheers!

The Cocktail Lady

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