The Mai Tai is one of the more famous rum cocktails of all time. There have been more versions of this cocktail that there are toothpicks on a bar. By most accounts the drink originated at Trader Vic’s during the 1930's in San Leandro, California. It has been modified and adjusted by most any bartender that has ever made a “Tiki Style” cocktail. Many of these contain ingredients like grenadine and pineapple juice, that the cocktail never needed.
There are a couple of constant factors in most Mai Tai’s. One is a multiple types of rums and the other is the use of Orgeat, otherwise the ingredients run all over the spectrum. I have a couple of versions that I have used over the years, but this is the one I personally enjoy the most.
Bahama Bob’s Super Mai Tai
· 1 oz. Diplomatico Blanco Rum
· 3/4 oz. Grand Marnier
· Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lime
· 1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
· 1 oz. Orgeat
· Lemon Hart 151 Float
· Splash of Club Soda
Place all ingredients except the club soda and the Lemon Hart 151 in a shaker filled with ice, shake until chilled. Strain into a large rocks glass, or a 12 oz. tumbler filled with fresh ice, add the splash of club soda and float with Lemon Hart 151 rum. Garnish your Mai Tai with an orange zest and a sprig of mint .
Hope you get a chance to try my “top shelf” Mai Tai and enjoy it as much as I do. ;o)