Mai Tai – A Classic

The Tiki legend that is the Classic Mai Tai

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The Mai Tai (Maita’i roa ae) is amongst the most famous Tiki drinks in the world. A mixture of Rum, Triple Sec (or Orange Curaçao), lime juice and Almond syrup. 

It even enjoyed a starring role in the 1961 film ‘Blue Hawaii’ with Elvis Presley.

Mai Tai Classic

Ingredients

40 ml White Rum

20 ml Triple Sec or Orange Curaçao

15 ml Dark Rum

20 ml lime juice

15 ml Almond Sugar Syrup 

Slice of Lime and Mint to Garnish

Method

Mix white rum, Triple Sec (Orange Curaçao), Lime juice and Almond Syrup in a shaker with a large handful of crushed ice.

Shake Gently – you don’t want to melt the ice too much.

Pour directly into a Rocks Glass (Tumbler type)

Using the back of a spoon float the dark rum over the top.

Garnish with a slice of lime and a few mint leaves

Make your own Almond Syrup

You can easily make your own Flavoured Syrups – they’re very easy

Basic Syrup

Ingredients

125 Water
 
125g of Caster Sugar
 
 

Method

Combine Sugar and Water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer until all sugar is dissolved.

Cool and keep in a sterilised bottle or jar in a fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Almond Syrup

Ingredients

125 Water
 
125g of Caster Sugar
 
1 tsp Almond Essence
 
 
 

Method

Combine Sugar and Water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer until all sugar is dissolved.

Cool, add almond essence and keep in a sterilised bottle or jar in a fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Homemade Grenadine

Tropical - Mai Tai

Ingredients

50 ml Pineapple Juice

50 ml Orange Juice

50 ml Spiced Rum

50 ml Coconut Rum

25 ml Triple Sec (or Orange Curacao)

15 ml Grenadine

Crushed Ice

Method

Mix all ingredients except the Grenadine in a shaker with a large handful of crushed ice.

Shake Gently – you don’t want to melt the ice too much.

Pour directly into a Rocks Glass (Tumbler type)

Using the back of a spoon float the Grenadine over the top.
 
Give a very gentle stir
 
Garnish with a slice of pineapple or orange

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