Its lime time people! this months Mixology Monday is all about lime and hosted by the Pegu Blog.
The next round of Mixology Monday (a.k.a. The Carnival That Created the Cocktailosphere) will once again be hosted here at the Pegu Blog. This month, I thought we should examine one of the most ubiquitous items in any decent bar: Limes.
i don`t think i`ve ever been without lime..not since i started to mix up cocktails and blog about them. Somehow thereÂ´s always a lime somewhere it seems. I can be without mint..like i am now – no mint here, and the shop was without too..but limes? no way, the shops here are NEVER short of limes.
The limes we get here are two types, one small and one real big from Brazil. i like those from Brazil..they have much juice and aren`t sour, just very nice. And the large size gives much peel to make garnish with as well.
For this MxMo there`s tons of drinks i could choose from but i still choose the good old Mai Tai…even though i`m out of mint and a Mai Tai without the mint garnish is kinda sacrilege…but sometimes we just need to do that still and really…iÂ´m not changing the recipe here by adding blasphemies like amaretto, grenadine or pineapple juice! i`m just out of mint..and to my rescue the lime is here!
But i`m gonna tell you folks the truth…the real reason why i`m choosing a Mai Tai and not another cocktail – heck i could even have invented something new! – is that i`m so darn thirsty for one! and i wanna see what happens when one combines the Smith & Cross with a good high proof demerara..that makes two high proof rums and a helluwa Mai Tai i believe.
Using high proof rum in a Mai Tai isn`t necessary but its nice sometimes and of course you could mix one lower proof and one higher as well.
Thank you Pegu blog for giving me an occasion to once again write about and mix up such a nice drink containing lime as the Mai Tai.
Perfect for a lime-themed MxMo! are you with me?
POTENT MAI TAI
1 oz Smith & Cross Jamaican rum
1 oz highproof demerara such as Lemon Hart151 or other full proof demerara.
1 oz fresh lime juice (one big lime)
0.5 oz orange curacao (or 1/4 Cointreau)
0.25 oz each of orgeat and simple syrup
Mix all ingredients and shake with ice.Â Strain into a glass over crushed ice. Garnish with lime shell and a sprig of mint. or if you don`t have any mint, like me now, use lime. Its all `bout the lime today right?
I never get tired of the Mai Tai, its one of those drinks that just sticks with you. When i get old i want to have a Mai Tai served daily..