Friday, August 19, 2011

{Guest Post} La Petite Coquin

For anyone who follows Lena's blog La Petite Coquin you'll know that she's the queen of cocktails... seriously this lady has one heck of a cocktail repertoire!! So it was only fitting that I ask her to share one with you all whilst I'm probably sipping one of the very same around a pool (here's hoping!).

From Lena: The Mai Tai gets a pretty bad rap for being this horrifyingly sweet concoction only someone on vacation could or should ever go near. In fact, tiki drinks are held in pretty low esteem, but San Franciscans love them. Maybe it's because we have 4 or 5 days of summer spread throughout the entire year, but we can't seem to resist a vacation in a glass. And with Kate away on holiday (can Americans get away with calling it that?), I thought the perfect way for us to join her, at least in spirit, was with a Mai Tai!

Mai Tai
2 oz aged rum
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz orange curacao
1/4 oz orgeat syrup
1/4 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz dark rum

Combine aged rum, lime, curacao, orgeat and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a lowball or decorative glass filled with crushed ice. Top with 1/4 to 1/2 oz of dark rum. Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint.

Notes: Trader Vic had some pretty specific liquors and syrups in mind when he first crafted his Mai Tai, but nearly every one is a challenge to find. I love Barbancourt aged rum, so that's what we have on hand at the house, but feel free to use whatever you've got stocked in your cabinet or find at the store. As for the dark rum, hunt for Myer's Jamaican rum. Orange curacao can easily be the Grand Marnier from last year's Christmas flambé, or a simple bottle of triple sec, and finally, you can substitute orgeat syrup, which is hard to find outside of cocktail meccas like San Francisco, for almond syrups from Monin or Torani. Cheers, everyone!


Alison @TKB said...

Clearly I need to move to SF, because I effing LOVE mai tais. Tho not on vacation, for some reason. That's reserved for lava flows, found only in Hawaii. I'm talkin' the AUTHENTIC lava flows.

Love Lena. Love you. Love this doubling up business.

Anya Zhovmiruk said...

I've always wondered what was in a Mai Tai! My dad always drinks them in summer and still talks about having them at Trader Vic's in SF back in the day. Thanks for sharing the recipe, maybe I'll make one some day and throw a little umbrella in there :)

Alicia@CharityWedding said...

Lena is everywhere today and I am LOVING it! I am going to make this later so I can feel like I am on vacation.

Aleah + Nick Valley said...

Perfectly delicious - we love these tropical concoctions when whipped up right {and while on a tropical vacation!}.

Natasha said...

that's a great cocktail for weddings and special occasions... and you got yourself one happy bride :) :)

anna and the ring said...

So very very tempting.

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