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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

Cocktail of the Day: Eastern Sour

Eastern Sour2 oz Bourbon2 oz Orange Juice3/4 oz Lemon Juice1/2 oz Orgeat Shake with ice, then strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Adapated from a recipe by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. Originally created by Trader Vic as a Tiki attempt to persuade whiskey drinkers to join the party. 

Cocktail of the Day: Scorpion (a la Trader Vic)

Scorpion 2 oz Light Rum1 oz Brandy1 1/2 oz Orange Juice1/2 oz Lemon Juice3/4 oz Orgeat Shake with a lot of crushed ice and then pour unstrained into a large glass. A version of Trader Vic's classic Scorpion Bowl, a drink served in a large bowl for 2-4 guests to enjoy, rejiggered to an individual … 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

Liqueur Review: Trader Vic’s Macadamia Nut Liqueur

Trader Vic's Macadamia Nut LiqueurLiqueurFinal Grade: A-Price: $18 (750ml) If you read this blog regularly, you know that I have a bit of a sweet tooth. So when I picked up a bottle of Trader Vic's Macadamia Nut Liqueur, I was looking forward to sampling it right away. Trader Vic, of course, was the nom … 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