Monday, March 1, 2010
Westside Mai Tais: Tastes Like Marketing
If you want a great Mai Tai, without the cost of flying to the islands, head over to Tiki Ti's in the Silverlake area. It's a family owned place with amazing tropical cocktail recipes. You can choose from over 75 family recipes listed on their landscape size menu (makes the perfect checklist if you want to conquer them all!). There is a brief description of each drink, but the exact recipes are all secret so you'll never know exactly what's in your cocktail. You just have to learn to trust.
For those of you who can't make it to the Islands anytime soon, here's Bourbon's Mai Tai recipe that he derived from the original Mai Tai recipe as Trader Vic Bergeron made it back in 1944:
1 oz. Light Rum
1 oz. Dark Rum
1/2 oz. Orange Curacao
1/4 oz. Orgeat Syrup
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
3/4 oz. Lime Juice
Garnish with lime wheel and sprig of fresh mint.
Fun fact: Mai Tai means "Out of this World" in Hawaiian.
-Bourbon and Bleu