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 there´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…i´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. 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..
…and we try more and more cocktails there will always be one, two or three (or more) that keeps being there, rotating and sticking with us and becoming our favorite cocktails. What is it with these cocktails that makes them last? what`s so special with them?
The Mai Tai has been with me for many years, the Sazerac a bit shorter but both are always there and if it takes too long in between – something just tells me that its time – for a Mai Tai – or a Sazerac. The Mai Tai is on my favorite list because its such a perfect cocktail. Its so balanced, yummy, refreshing, exotic – and simple. So simple that most makes it the wrong way.
Please try to understand – its dark rum(s) lime, orgeat, rock candy or simple syrup, orange curacao and mint sprig (and maybe a spent lime shell as well) for garnish – and crushed ice in a double old fashioned glass. Anything else isn´t a Mai Tai but maybe a “Pineapple Mai Tai” or other but not “Mai Tai” – Period!
Its ok with – say Cointreau if you don`t have orange Curacao, to add a cherry for garnish as long as you stick to the original recipe. Probably the orgeat is the hardest part or that`s what i hear, but now when Trader Tiki delivers orgeat worldwide it should be available if you really want to make it right and its also easy to make. Amaretto is another topic of this discussion, yes it has also an almond flavor but it just won`t replace orgeat i think.
One last thing – a Mai Tai isn`t red, pink or brightly orange – its brownish.
As for the Sazerac, it has just like the Mai Tai an interesting history and i like it with rye – or maybe half rye half cognac – it used to have cognac at first, namely a cognac called Sazerac-du-Forge-et-fils. The problem for me is that no rye is sold here in our spirit shop, yes you heard me – NO – rye. Can you believe that? “But you can special order” some say….yes i can, they have ONE brand to choose from, and even though luckily very good (Wild Turkey Rye) – but – wow. Its really rye-desert here.
Good ryes for Sazeracs are Sazerac 6 year, Rittenhouse Bonded Straight Rye, Old Overholt rye or Wild Turkey Rye. For a luxury experience or a special occasion try Sazerac 18-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey – if you can.
One thing these two of my favorite cocktails has in common apart from being two tasty classical well balanced cocktails, is that they both are traditionally served in my favorite type of glass – the old fashioned. Its just something with that glass, its so homely and comfy, steady in your hand and beautyful too – and i love it.
The Mai Tai is the King of Tiki cocktails and the Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans so you see – both are two steady cocktails. But to be really honest…there is a third favorite as well – Absinthe Suissesse – i love that silky smooth fluffy wonder of a cocktail but i won`t write about that one in this post as i just did that in the last MxMo where i made a little twist of it. If you like Absinthe and haven`t tried the Suissesse yet, i think you should.
1/2 teaspoon Herbsaint or Absinthe
1 teaspoon of simple syrup or 1 cube of sugar or 1 tsp of granulated sugar
4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Optional: 1 dash Angostura, not tradition but some say it opens up the flavors.
2 ounces rye whiskey
Strip of lemon peel
Fill a 3-1/2 ounce Old Fashioned (rocks) glass with ice. Place the sugarcube in another glass and moisten it with water until it saturates and crush it or use simple syrup. Mix with whiskey and bitters, add ice and stir to chill.
Discard the ice from the first glass and add herbsaint or absinthe and coat the sides of the glass, then discard the excess (i like to leave a drop or two in the glass) Strain the whiskey into the glass and twist a lemon peel over the glass to express the oils, then rim the glass with it as well. Discard the peel.
Some like to use the peel as garnish, i`m one of them. But be careful not to drop the entire peel back into the glass as that would give too much citrus flavor.
ORIGINAL MAI TAI
2 oz Wray & Nephew 17 Year Old Rum (Sub your favorite dark rums here, i would suggest Appleton Extra and St James hors d`age or Clèment VSOP or 2 oz of a good demerara is tasty too)
0.5 oz orgeat ( i used Trader Tiki`s)
0.5 oz orange curacao
0.25 oz simple syrup
Juice of one lime (approx. .75 oz lime juice)
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a double old fashioned glass over crushed ice. Garnish with lime shell and a sprig of mint. Add two short straws near the mint.
This is truly deliscious and so simple.
And now – i just couldn`t help myself…i just had to add this video of a very (in) famous and entertaining guy – well known by the cocktailsphere…showing how to NOT make a Mai Tai – How many errors can you possibly do? I found these:
1) Tall glass 2) ice cubes 3) wrong rum, and he doesn`t even show us the label 4) triple sec – well..i would rather use cointreau if there`s no orange curacao 5) amaretto 6) grenadine 7) orange juice 8) pineapple juice 9) a float – and even if floats are nice, its not in the Mai Tai recipe 10) long straws 11) the drink isn`t mixed.. 12) NO MINT!
WHERE IS THE LIME??? OH MY GOD!!
Check it out, it will bring out a smile f`sure.. its actually quite entertaining. Maybe you`ll find more errors than i did.
WHOHOOO HERE WE GO!! DUMP! DUMP! DUMP! SPLASH!
So what do you think? and which are your favorite cocktails?
As a part of the Mai Tai rum combo cocktail-blog coverage i have made a couple different Mai Tais, mostly from demerara rums. I know the Mai Tai had dark Jamaican rum first, and then was paired with a Martiniqan rum, but i think demerara rums makes awesome Mai Tais and the whole idea of this rum combo coverage is to, well, try different rum combos..
Rumdood alone have over 118 rums to choose from…and i don´t know how many combinations, probably to keep him busy for the rest of his life..So together we will all hopefully cover enough various rum combos to keep most thirsty Mai Tai lovers happy regardless of where you live, we hope there will be something for everyone.
The whole january and into february has been and continues to be Mai Tai month for us, we are working with various rum combinations in our search for the tastiest Mai Tais all based on Trader Vics recipe, as well as attempting to set the recipe for a real Mai Tai straight.
The original Mai Tai by Trader Vic called for the 17 year old JWray & Nephew rum which today exists only a few bottles, if even that, in the hands of a few lucky people. And from what i hear from the taste notes it must have been an exceptional rum for the Mai Tai. Its fun to experiment and i have found that demerara rums makes excellent Mai Tai´s.They give the Mai Tai`s a deep complex flavor, by their own or for that lively flavor, paired with Clement VSOP or St James hors d`age.
For this post i have made 14 different Mai Tais, many with some unusual demeraras but not all. I know many of these rums i use here are hard to find and some very pricey, but i thought it could be interesting still to cover a few of these kind of rums as well and there has been demands for these rums to be written about too.
If i would to sub these demerara rums i have i would use Lemon Hart 151 for the high proofs like Uitvlugt and Silver Seal, and El Dorado 12 for the other heavy demeraras.
Another very good rum combo in my opinion for the original recipe is otherwise Appleton Extra and St James hors d`age, or Clement VSOP. Yet another very nice combo is Pusser`s and Zaya which i first read about in the Tiki Central.
THE ORIGINAL FORMULA
2 ounces 17-year-old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum
1/2 ounce French Garnier Orgeat
1/2 ounce Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao
1/4 ounce Rock Candy Syrup
Juice from one fresh lime
Shake and garnish with half of the lime shell inside the drink and float a sprig of fresh mint at the edge of the glass.
1 oz dark Jamaican rum
1 oz Martinique rum
1 oz fresh lime juice (one lime)
0.5 oz curacao
0.25 oz each of orgeat and simple syrup
Mix all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a glass over crushed ice. Garnish with lime shell and a sprig of mint.
The basic recipe used for my Mai Tais here is Trader Vics formula with either 1 oz each of 2 rums or 2 oz of one rum. I use Vic´s formula because i like its simplicity and balace of flavors as well as letting the rum flavor really come through and i like it better than Don`s Mai Tai which is totally different. Which one of these were the original is an endless discussion which i won´t bother with in this post.
The orgeat i like to use nowadays is Trader Tiki´s extra thick (homemade) when i dont use my own homemade. As for orange curacao, i don´t have it right now, so i used Cointreau but as i find that Cointreau can easily be a bit overpowering, i used 1/4 oz than 0.5 oz. I have listed my Mai Tai`s with the best first (outstanding, which is a 14) and then falling to the last #1 which isn`t bad at all.
One thing i don`t want to be without when i make Mai Tai`s is the mint sprig, because i really love the fragrance of fresh crispy mint when imbibing a Mai Tai, and without mint i think a Mai Tai is naked. But when i`m out of mint (or rather the shops are out) then i use lime for garnish.
The straws need to be short and placed near the mint so the fragrance reaches you. The crushed or shaved ice is another key ingredient, apart from good quality rums.
LET´S SET THE MAI TAI STRAIGHT
Ingredients NOT to use in my opinion, is grenadine and orange or pineapple juices, or amaretto or anything else that is not in the original Vic`s recipe. You may throw in a little bit of this and a little bit of that into a Mai Tai recipe and end up with some very tasty drinks but these are not Mai Tais. Give it a new name!
The possibly WORST Mai Tai recipe i have ever encountered came from a cocktail book: light rum, simple syrup, limejuice, orange juice, orange curacao, coconut milk, green dyed cocktail cherries, red dyed cocktail cherries, orange slices, pineapple chunks…stating after, that all ingredients except the rum can be subbed with instant powder cocktail-mix…
Why adding (and changing) all these stuff to a already perfect recipe? and then even call it a Mai Tai? Trader Vic`s Mai Tai is such a perfectly balanced drink and it deserves to be made right. Its supposed to have fresh lime..its supposed to taste rum! The rums are meant to predominate and shine through in this drink and the rest of ingredients are singing along balancing the rum flavors to perfection.
On to the rum combos! Now – i have used some unusual demeraras here that can be hard to get if you live outside of Europe since most of them are bulk demeraras aged in Scotland and bottled and sold by private importers from for example Italy, but they can be substituted with El Dorado rums.
MAI TAI #14with Silver Seal demerara 15 yo
This one has long been my favorite. Its simply Mai Tai roa ae, and its just so full flavored and exquisite in perfect balance, intoxicating…and nothing so far i`ve had beats it, period. Or so i thought….but that was until i tried JWray & Nephew´s old Jamaican Dagger Punch dark rum..WOW..i doesn`t really beat the Silver Seal but i found it equally good.
So now i also think i have sort of gotten an idea as to how the Mai Tais were in the old days. I dont know how old the dagger punch rum is, i would guess from between the 40-50s because there`s no evidence of their production after the 1950s. These rums were produced by Wray & Nephew in various age-increments (1 Dagger, 2 Dagger, 3 Dagger) and they were all dark Jamaican rum.
So the 2 now share 1st place, which got me to wonder how these two would combine, more on that soon.
THE SILVER SEAL 15 YEAR DEMERARA
This 110 proof Silver Seal Rum has a way to just perfectly marry the other ingredients and simply make a outstanding Mai Tai, very addictive. The flavor is hard to describe, its fullbodied, a complex mix of molasses, dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, dried fruits, punch and yum!
Another thing i love with this rum in a Mai Tai is that it bites, as its 110 proof. 2 oz Silver Seal 15 year is used. Interesting is that from what i hear from those lucky people having the 17 year old rum, the Silver Seal has a lot of common flavour notes, like an aroma of a heavy burnt caramel, with smoky finish, although the 17 yar old Wray is said to be far heavier with overwhelming woody tones – or so i´ve heard.
MAI TAI #14 JWray & Nephew Jamaican Dagger Punch – Old Jamaican Dark Rum
I was amazed by this one..first by the color, dark mahogany. Then the flavor, which i really cannot describe so easily, its well…vintage. It has dark tones of molasses and dried fruits, and is spicy and woody. Very balanced and complex. I imagine that JWrays 17 year old rum could probably have tasted something similar as well. This dagger is 8 years old.
When i use the Silver Seal i feel like its a bit close to this one but the two are still very different. And i cannot say either what it is that i find they have in common, one is a demerara and the other is jamaican, but there´s that funky punch – pot still.
I had such a hard time to determine which one of these two is the best Mai Tai i`ve had, it didn´t help to sip them side by side, so they will both share the 1 st place. I used 2 oz of the Jamaican dagger rum.I tried this dagger rum in this Mai Tai experiment more out of curiosity that anything else and this rum must be seen as such as its not produced anymore.
MAI TAI #14 with Silver Seal15 and JWray´s Jamaican dagger punch rum
As i found both of these each one on their own to make the best Mai Tais i`ve had so far i decided to combine them and use 1 oz of each. The two combined? sheesh..here is the exquisite, strong, demerara flavor of the Silver Seal with that rich, strong and spicy taste of the Jamaican dagger. The color is much lighter than it was when i used only the dagger punch rum. So now there´s 3 Mai Tais, based on 2 rums sharing the top position.
MAI TAI #13 with Samaroli`s Port Morant 1990, and Banks XM10.
SAMAROLI PORT MORANT 1990
This demerara rum is made by Samaroli and is bottled in 2007 in Scotland. It has no added color. The flavor is very deeply woody, a bit floral and fruity with flavors of molasses. 366 bottles were made so this is a rare find. Port Morant 1990 is 90 proof. I`m not using it in too many Mai Tais, but its hard to resist as it makes real mean Mai Tais, its almost as good as the Silver Seal. Paired with XM10 – a very close number two.
XM Royal Gold 10 Year Old (80 proof) is a superb aged demerara rum with a very round and full flavor profile with fruits, molasses and toffee flavors. One of my favorites. If you can get this one, (and its soon to be sold in US as well), and El Dorado rums plus Lemon Hart 151, then you`re fine as far as demeraras go.
I used 1.5 oz Banks XM10 and 0.5 oz Samaroli Port Morant. I took less of the Port Morant as it has such a strong woody flavor. In these proportions i find it complements the toffee flavors of XM very well.
MAI TAI #12 with Banks XM10
As the XM10 is so yummy, its almost like drinking liquid toffee, i wanted to use only this rum ( 2 oz) in the drink. I`m not dissapointed, the sweetness and roundness of the body in this rum makes an excellent and very smooth Mai Tai which goes down way too easily.
XM Royal Gold 10 Year Old is a superb aged demerara rum crafted by the Aguiar Industries master blenders. This rum is hands down wonderful. Its a creamy full bodied masterwork, very round, with warm round toffee-like flavors. I`m happy for those in the US who soon will be able to buy this fine rum. MAI TAI #11 Coruba12 and Banks XM10
If we shall talk about yumminess..here it is! Coruba12 has a lot of complexity and some sweetness, dried fruits and molasses-toffeelike flavors and paired with XM10 which is a step ahead with the toffeeness but with the typical demerara flavor, you`re in for a very tasty Mai Tai. MAI TAI #10 Banks XM10 and JM Reserve Special
My first thought when tasting this one was “wow this is tasty! very very tasty..” Its like the rums just melt together into a real elixir of pleasure. I`m not even sure it shall have no 10. Now JM isnt a cheap rhum agricole…i wish it was. Its really a very good sipping rum, but as we know, the better ingredients, the better cocktails. And in this research any rum that is good could be used i think.
MAI TAI #9 Banks XM10 and Clemént XO
This one is just WOW, so tasty! the punch of the XM10 with its toffeeness paired with Clemént XO which is a outstanding aged rhum agricole, tasty.
MAI TAI #8 El Dorado12 and Clemènt VSOP
This is a very pleasant and tasty Mai Tai. El Dorado 12 is just punchy enough to blend well with Clemènt and combined they are great. I`m unfortunately out of El Dorado 15 but on the other hand, that´s such a strongly punchy rum that it takes over the other flavors a bit. But that`s just my taste. Otherwise its my fav rum together with Silver Seal 15.
MAI TAI #7 Zaya (Guatemala) and Pusser`s 15
This is just so tasty. I first read about it on Tiki Central, long ago and i think it was Pusser´s blue label that was used. Well, this one is tasty too! The punchiness of the navy rum with the sweetness of Zaya – nice! MAI TAI #6 Lemon Hart Jamaican and El Dorado 12
Here we have a Mai Tai with 2 very good rums and the taste is good but for some reason i expected more, maybe i expect too much? this one tastes good but i guess that with some of these other demeraras its easy to get a bit spoilt. Did i have only these 2 rums to use, i would have loved this Mai Tai. Well, i do, i love all good Mai Tais! MAI TAI #5 Silver Seal 15 and Clemént VSOP
I expected much of this one, probably because of Silver Seal, but its not as good as i thought but still very tasty i shall not deny that and it became even tastier while it mellowed in the glass. But its a huge difference to use 2 oz of just Silver Seal or to pair it with Clemént VSOP.
MAI TAI #4 Port Royal and St James 12 with Uitvlugt Port Morant 1990 float
Port Royal is a beautiful little demerara rarity which is aged 14 years and is a bit on the sweet side, yet very woody, its 92 proof. I was figuring it would be interesting to pair it with St James 12 year which is a rum i all of a sudden discovered being on limited offer in our spirit shop. I hadn´t seen it before anywhere, neither did i find any information on it but i bought it and yes, its a very smooth agricole rum. Probably its a special edition or something, nobody has been able to tell me anything.
It turned out to be a very very tasty Mai Tai, the smooth St James 12 perfectly blends with the woody Port Royal, so i give it no#5.
The original recipe do not call for any float but i like floats and so here is one with a float of the overproof Port Morant 1990 for an extra kick. I`m totally sure that Banks XM10 and St James12 or hors d`age would be a very nice combo as well. I used 1 oz of each. MAI TAI #3 Appleton Extra and Havana Club 7 year
This is also a pleasant rum combo and I suspect this will be used by one or more of my fellow blogger friends .This mellow and rich flavored rum combo makes for very tasty Mai Tais. These rums are premium, both are versatile and luckily also moderately priced, good for the “everyday Mai Tai”.. I used 1 oz of each.
MAI TAI #2 Appleton extra and Old Vatted (O.V.D)
With Appleton extra as base i didn`t need to worry about good taste, the addition of 0.5 oz Old Vatted demerara just added a touch of deep woodiness. I had a problem in deciding which one of either this one or the Appleton Extra and Havana Club 7 year, should be #3. But Havana Club7 wins with its overall yumminess.
Here i used 1.5 oz Appleton Extra and 0.5 oz OVD
MAI TAI #1 Banks XM10 and Uitvlugt 1990 fullproof
A kick of the fullproof Uitvlugt to punch up the round sweet and toffeelike XM isn`t bad at all, but i think you got to love demeraras to fully appreciate this combo as the Uitvlugt is a li`l bit on the almost harsh side with the high proof and woodiness.
I used 1.5 oz of XM to 0.5 oz of Uitvlugt. As Uitvlugt highproof (132 proof) is a very strong demerara and i used just a little bit extra simple syrup in this. This rum combo is for those demerara geeks who loves deep woodiness. This is the last one and even though the least on my scale it isnt bad at all.
Overall, the best Mai Tai rum combo suggestions with rums available today, based on my experince with these i`ve tried here, except for the dagger rum which is supposed to be seen as a curiosity, are in no specific order:
Appleton Extra with St James hors d`age or Clemént VSOP
2 oz Silver Seal 15 demerara
(or 1.5 oz El Dorado 12 with a 0.5 oz Lemon Hart 151, alternatively 0.5 oz El D12, 1 oz XM10 and 0.5 oz LH 151, it won`t be the same thing but its the best subs i can think of for the moment)
Banks XM10 demerara
El Dorado 12 and Clemént VSOP
Zaya and Pusser´s
There`s other rums apart from El Dorado 15 that i haven`t used because as i`m out of it and that`s Coruba dark, Appleton Reserve and VX and Lemon Hart 151. I`m sure they would be good in Mai Tai`s as well and mixed with say Banks XM…got to try that one some day! To read more about demerara rums, see my otherdemerara rum posts.
One thing that fascinates me is that how one rum can be really outstanding paired with another and then when paired with yet a different rum all of a sudden isn´t that outstanding as it was with the first rum. So it isnt so easy to find the ultimate pairing, i`m not even sure if i have and luckily its probably a never ending research. The world of flavors is really fascinating!
So finally here is my advice for those of you looking for perfectly yummy Mai Tais, if you can get it, get Silver Seal15 and Banks XM10, and get Appleton Extra, Clemènt VSOP, Zaya and Pusser`s. Use Trader Vics recipe and don`t add pineapple and orange juices, amaretto or grenadine.
I was asking some fellow bloggers in the mixoloseum chat room about why they think its so hard for people to stick to the real Mai Tai recipe as it is a very simple recipe and it seems like the biggest problem in many places is how to find orgeat. Here i can find it sometimes but i make my own which isnt very hard. As its a bit boring – but not difficult, to get the blanched almonds out of their shell, i don`t make that large batches, i make about 1L at a time. I keep my orgeat in the fridge.
I myself have only had a real Mai Tai at a bar only in one place and that was atTikiRoom here in Stockholm, with the rum combos Appleton VX-Havana Cub7 and Appleton Extra-El Dorado dark, what about you? where have you been served at real Mai Tai?
Sometimes you need to sub some ingredients – many are hard to find and others may be finished when you want to make your drink. I have sampled 7 Tiki cocktails and changed them a little to add a bit of a twist, and adjust to what I have at hand, and of course to have some fun playing with ingredients.
DON`S CARIBBEAN PUNCH
DON`S CARIBBEAN PUNCH
Caribbean Punch by Don the Beachcomber 1937. From Sippin Safari.
One of the tastiest Tiki drinkls I´ve had, and the root beer I used instead of sansaparilla which I cannot find here had a lot to do with it. For rums I used Scarlet Ibis and Appleton Reserve instead of golden Puerto Rican rum and amber Jamaican, then I used 0.5 oz orgeat instead of 3 drops almond extract.
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz falernum
0.5 oz simple
1 1/2 oz rootbeer
1 oz Scarlet Ibis
1 oz Appleton Reserve
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1/4 tsp grenadine
6 drops pernod
0.5 oz orgeat (3 dropsAlmond extract)
8 oz crushed ice
Blender with crushed ice 5 sek, tall glass, ice, mint and lime spiral.
Eastern Sour was made by Trader Vic and uses bourbon instead of rum.
The original recipe is lemon juice instead of lime. Its a very rich drink with some spicy undertones.
6 cl Bourbon
4.5 cl orange juice
4.5 cl fresh squeezed lime juice
0.75 cl orgeat
0.75 cl simple syrup
Shake with ice and strain in rocks glass. Garnish with either a spent lime shell or
a wedge of lime and some mint.
From the House Without a Key Lounge in the Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. The original recipe calls for the Hawaiian distilled spirit, Okolehao but it`s not made any longer. I added some Passoa passionfruit liqueur to this one and used fresh fruit juices and Hibiscus Grenadine. It reminded very much in the taste of the PortLight becasue of the combination of bourbon, passionfruit, lemon and grenadine.
For garnish I took what I had available which is tons of fresh mint and for color a strip of pink grapefruit peel. Instead of shaking with ice and strain into a cocktail glass I choosed to pour over crushed ice.
1/2 oz. Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Orange Juice
1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
1/2 Tsp. Grenadine, 1/2 tsp Passionfruit liqueur
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
Shake well with ice cubes. Strain into a goblet.
The Painkiller is from Grog Log. I didn`t have any Pusser`s rum or not even pineapple juice yesterday when I made it so I used grapefruit Juice, a barspoon of simple syrup and Banks XM 10 year demerara rum.
At first I made it without the simple syrup but found it a bit too tart so in the next I added a barspoon of syrup and that balanced the tartness of the grapefruit juice. It became a real killer painkiller.
4 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz cream of coconut
2 oz Banks XM10 demerara rum
Powdered cinnamon and ground nutmeg.
Blend without ice and pour into a tiki mug or tall glass filled with crushed ice.
Top with a shake of nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a piece f fresh pineapple.
AKU LAPU LAPU
This Tiki cocktail is from the Aku Aku Restaurant in Las Vegas, circa 1960.
The origial recipe is in Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica! Here I use lime juice instead of lemon and pink grapefruit instead of yellow. The rums are also different from the original which uses dark Puerto Rican rum and Myers`s. A rinse of absinthe on the rim of the glass is added for a subtle tingle.
1 oz. freshly-squeezed lime juice
1 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
1 oz. white grapefruit juice
1 oz. orange juice
1 oz. falernum
1 oz. dark rum ( Coruba 12)
1 oz. demerara rum (Banks XM10)
1 0z Lemon Hart 151
Rinse the glass with some Absinthe.
Blend with crushed ice for 20 sec and pour into Tiki bowl or large snifter.
Garnish with Pineapple.
KILLER MAI TAI
If there is one drink in the world I think I can do in my sleep its the Trader Vic`s Mai Tai, that`s how much I love this drink and really – I make it often. This is a version that uses Silver Seal 15 year demerara rum as the only rum.
This is one of my favorite rums. (I`m a hopeless demerara lover) When I first tried it in this drink I was surprised a Mai Tai could taste that good…actually the bottle finished in 2 weeks because I couldn´t stop making Mai Tais.
I heard from some friends in London who have the original 17 year old JWray&Nephew rum that the Silver Seal demerara tastes pretty close to it. That was mainly the 28 year old they meant which now is unavailable.
This makes me believe that this rum may not be so far away either, maybe.. .even if it doesn`t exactly match the original flavor as no existing rum today does. Anyway, it makes a brutally good Mai Tai, I have never tasted the like and fortunately this rum is available from http://www.r2mshop.com/
Hopefully one day..in my hopes Appleton may create a similar rum to the 17 year old…According to Appleton the flavor is not lost.
2 oz Silver Seal 15 Demerara rum
1/2 oz orgeat
1/2 oz rock candy syrup or simple syrup
0.75 oz orange curacao
1 oz juice of fresh lime
Sprig of mint and Marascino cherry for garnish
Shake ingredients shortly and pour into an ice-packed glass. This is very important, the glass must be full of either crushed or shaved ice. Garnish with lime and a sprig of mint.
This is the Coconaut from Beachbum Berry`s Grog Log with demerara rums instead of dark Jamaican rum, as well as some more rum than in the original recipe which makes it a bit less sweet. The Silver Seal and Banks are a yummy rummy combination of 2 very fine demeraras – sub with El Dorado 15 and 12 yo . A dust of nutmeg on top for garnish.
5.25 cl Silver Seal demerara rum
2 cl Banks XM 10
4 tbsp cream of coconut
1.5 cl fresh lime
Mix in blender with crushed ice and serve in double old fashioned glass or in a wide cocktail glass.