When your husband all of a sudden has a craving for a Mai Tai, you make it. Well, I do. Who doesn’t love a delicious Tiki classic?
Two flavors of rum, reminiscent of a Polynesian setting, a delicious Tiki cocktail.
The Mai Tai.
There is absolutely no reason at all not to have this great Tiki cocktail in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to be on vacation or on a white sandy beach to enjoy this classic. In fact, if you’re not on vacation in some tropical paradise, even more compelling the reason to whip up one of these Tiki favorites and enjoy right now. Waiting is for sissies – Now is the new later! Don’t wait for the vacation to come to you…bring the vacation right into your own backyard (porch, patio, living room…)!
There are lots of Mai Tai recipes out there…a lot of sources for Tiki classics, but I have complete trust and confidence in my new “text book,” The New Cocktail Hour by André and Tenaya Darlington. Best cocktail book yet, in my opinion. So I followed their recipe. It isn’t sickly sweet, slushy or sticky. Did you know this drink was invented in 1940? Well it was. Now you know.
When made with good stuff (quality ingredients high on taste, low on artificial sugar and colors) this drink is deliciously fantastic…and refreshing.
What you’ll need for one cocktail:
- 1 oz dark rum (I used Zaya)
- 1 oz amber rum (I used Plantation)
- 1/2 oz orange curaçao (the Darlingtons suggest Pierre Ferrand, but I used a very commercial curaçao because that is what we had)
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/4 oz orgeat ( I used Torani, but when we run out I’ll either make my own or use Small Hand Foods)
- mint and lime slice for garnish
How to make it:
Put all ingredients (except for garnish) into a shaker filled with ice and shake your Tiki. Strain into rocks glasses filled with fresh ice. Garnish with the mint and lime.
If you like, you can play this while sipping your Tiki classic. And while you’re at it, make a toast to yourself for not waiting for the vacation to come to you!