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While in Hawaii my wife and I enjoyed this drink called Mai Tai. Back here on the mainland we have Mai Tai but they don’t taste like what we had there. Could I possibly get the recipe from you?
Thanks in advance.
Dear T –
There does seem to be something about a Mai Tai that goes perfectly with a tropical sunset. Recipes seem to be as numerous as hibiscus, though. Here are a few. For those who don’t drink alcoholic beverages, try them without the rum.
Mai Tai #1
1 oz. Royal Hawaiian Light Rum, or any light rum.
1 oz. Demerara Rum (Lemon Hart 86)
1 oz. Orange Curacao (Bols)
Dash French Orgeat Syrup
Dash Rock Candy Syrup
Juice of half a Lime
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
Fill large (14 ounce) glass with ingredients, then add crushed ice and orange juice. Garnish with mint leaves and perhaps fruit on a skewer.
Mai Tai #2
2 ounces dark rum
1/2 ounce curaçao
1/2 ounce apricot brandy
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
3 or 4 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients, except the pineapple, in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the pineapple. Serves 1.
Mai Tai #3
2 jiggers (3 ounces) light rum
1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) dark rum
1 pony (1 ounce) Grand Marnier
1 pony (1 ounce) amaretto
2 ponies (2 ounces) pineapple juice
1 pony (1 ounce) fresh lemon juice
Garnish: pineapple spears and lemon slices
In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine rums, Grand Marnier, amaretto, pineapple juice and the lemon juice. Shake the drink for 30 seconds, and strain it into 2 long-stemmed glasses filled with ice cubes. Garnish the drinks with pineapple spears and lemon slices. Serves 2.
For more great Hawaii recipes, check out the “Taste of Hawaii” Recipes