Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Classic Mai Tai

Classic Mai Tai recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

If you've tried a Mai Tai in the past and been unimpressed with the sugary or overly fruity flavor, this classic version of the Mai Tai might change your mind. The last time I visited my sister, I twisted my brother in law's arm to show me how to make his version. This drink is very smooth and flavorful without being overly sweet. Add as much or as little pineapple juice as you like in order to sweeten the drink.

* The only place I've found that makes a Mai Tai close to this version is PF Chang's. As proven with the fabulous Coconut Lemon Sour, their bartenders definitely know how to mix a drink.

Classic Mai Tai
(printable recipe)
Yield: 1 drink

1 ounce light rum, Bacardi is fine
1 ounce mid range or top shelf dark rum, I used Mount Gay Rum
1/2 ounce Orgeat syrup
1/2 ounce Gran Gala orange liqueur
2 - 3 ounces pineapple juice, adjust to taste

Combine the first four ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled and then strain over fresh crushed ice. Add pineapple juice and stir. Enjoy!

SPECIAL NOTE: This drink has been featured over at NoshOn.It! Click here to check out their article and my interview!

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  1. Ooohhh.. I haven't had a mai tai in ages! This sounds delicious... thinking I need to make one very, very soon!!!

  2. I love rum but I never order mai tais, and I like the idea that this is fruity but not too sweet.

  3. I think you must have had a pretty great trip to visit your sister. You came back with a few winners! Love this drink idea but never heard of the Orgeat syrup - I'm going to look it up!

  4. I wish I had some pineapple juice on hand. I would make one right now!

  5. Hi there. Food on Friday: Pineapple is open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Cheers

  6. Our recipe at Lotus Blossom in Farmington, Maine is VERY similar! !!! Should come try it out sometime.