A Classic Tropical Rum Cocktail
Somewhere, somehow on the internet, 30 June has been declared National Mai Tai Day. Spoiler alert: Tiki bar lovers, this is your day!
The Mai Tai may sound like a fruity resort drink from the 1990s, but it is anything but! No, this drink is a classic 1940s cocktail that has been ruined by sugary versions intended for tourists. How to make a real Mai Tai? Well, this rum cocktail is breathtakingly complex, featuring rum, orange liqueur, and fancy almond syrup. It's just sweet enough, with nutty and vanilla notes contrasting with the sharp citrus. Add a little dark rum on top and you have reached the essence of a Mai Tai: it's refined, nuanced and, and might we say…extraordinarily special. The drink's name means "out of this world" in Tahitian, but we think there's more to this tropical cocktail - it's South Pacific sunshine in a glass! Put on your grass skirts and take notes on how to make this classic.
HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT MAI TAI COCKTAIL?
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- 30ml Ron Zacapa 23
- 15ml Myers Rum
- 60ml Fresh Lime Juice
- 15ml Orgeat Syrup
HOW TO MAKE IT
Add all ingredients into shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled Highball glass. Garnishwith a mint sprig.
"When you think of a Mai Tai- the iconic tiki drink, the taste of aloha, paradise in a glass, you assume itmust have been invented by a thirsty beachgoer after a warm day on the beach in Hawaii. Beach picturesaside - and yes, you can still picture yourself lying on a chaise longue with a Mai Tai in hand, relaxingunder the tropical sun. Since most of us will not be travelling to the Hawaiian islands anytime soon, nowis the perfect time to celebrate at home with a Mai Tai."