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Mai Tai

The Mai Tai cocktail is a tropical and refreshing libation known for its complex flavor profile and association with tiki culture. Originating in the 1940s, the Mai Tai is attributed to Victor J. "Trader Vic" Bergeron, who created the drink at his Trader Vic's restaurant in Oakland, California. With its combination of rum, citrus juices, and orgeat syrup, the Mai Tai has become a beloved classic that evokes images of sandy beaches and swaying palm trees.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) aged rum

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) orange curaçao

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) orgeat syrup

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) lime juice

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) lemon juice

  • Ice cubes

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Jigger

  • Collins glass

  • Mint sprig and/or pineapple wedge for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) of aged rum into the shaker.

  3. Add 15 ml (1/2 oz) of orange curaçao to the shaker.

  4. Squeeze in 15 ml (1/2 oz) each of lime juice and lemon juice.

  5. Add 15 ml (1/2 oz) of orgeat syrup to the shaker.

  6. Secure the shaker lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients.

  7. Strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice.

  8. Optionally, garnish with a mint sprig and/or pineapple wedge.

Flavor Profile:

The Mai Tai cocktail offers a harmonious blend of sweet, tart, and nutty flavors, with the richness of aged rum complemented by the citrusy notes of lime and lemon juice, and the subtle almond undertones of orgeat syrup. It's a tropical paradise in a glass that's sure to transport you to sun-drenched shores with each sip.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Aged Rum: Selecting the right rum is crucial for an authentic Mai Tai experience. Opt for a high-quality aged rum with rich, complex flavors to elevate the cocktail.

  • Fresh Citrus Juices: Using freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice is essential for achieving a bright and vibrant flavor in your Mai Tai. Avoid bottled juices, as they can lack the freshness and acidity needed to balance the sweetness of the cocktail.

  • Balancing Sweetness: Adjusting the amount of orgeat syrup can help you achieve the perfect balance of sweetness in your Mai Tai. Start with the recommended measurement and adjust to taste, adding more syrup for a sweeter cocktail or less for a drier finish.

  • Garnish with Flair: While traditional Mai Tais are garnished with a mint sprig and/or pineapple wedge, don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with other tropical garnishes, such as maraschino cherries, lime wheels, or even edible flowers.

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