Tag: mai tai

Video: How to Make the Perfect Mai Tai

A demonstration from Val, a bartender at the recently closed PKNY Tiki bar in New York City. He has a somewhat unusual method regarding the shaking and the ice, although what he's doing makes sense. I tend to prefer a little less lime juice in mine — 3/4 ounce — but I'm not as big … Read more

Taste Test: Orgeat (Almond Syrup)

Orgeat is a powerful weapon in the mixologist's toolkit. Little known outside of bartending circles, it's a crucial ingredient in many great Tiki drinks — most notably the Mai Tai — and in other classic libations, like the Japanese Cocktail. Originally a French barley water, orgeat (pronounced or-zhat) in its current form is a sweet almond … Read more

The $100 Mai Tai

Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, archaeologist of lost Tiki drinks, once proposed a recipe for what he called the "$100 Mai Tai." (The sobriquet was earned because the ingredients would run around a C-note when purchased.) His recipe included Saint James Hors D'Age Martinique rum and Appleton Estate Extra Jamaican rum as the featured ingredients. This undoubtedly … Read more

Rum Review: Appleton Estate V/X Rum

Appleton Estate V/XJamaican RumFinal Grade: B+Price: $18 (750ml) For my first spirits review I've chosen one of my old stand-by rums. The entry-level product from Appleton Estate, the V/X bottling is a full-bodied Jamaican rum, golden both in color and in taste. I've singled it out because it's one of the best mixing rums I've … Read more

Recipe: The Mai Tai

Declaring a particular cocktail my favorite is a little like declaring one of the kids my favorite — I could do it, but I wouldn't want them to hear. Cocktails can be such sensitive creatures. It used to be that I drank mostly vodka. I'd mix it with a little lemonade or fruit juice and … Read more