This month;s theme was inverted cocktails. Honestly I’m not ashamed to say that I was to dumb to really get this theme. I feel like some neanderthal trying to activate the obelisk by hitting it with a club. Still this epiphany did come, I decided to tread onto tiki holy grounds..
The Mai Tai has been abused many many ways. Almost as many as the martini. Thank god it’s avoided the apple. However I felt the siren call at some point when thinking of this theme to make an Anti Mai Tai. I decided to commit Mai Tai sin’s and invert the poor drink to my own designs like some Frankenstein creation. This drink would feature lighter spirits, lemon, and even the ultimate sin orange juice. We’d make it blue and add bitters. However you know what? It ain’t bad.
1 oz Cruzan Gold
1 oz Gin
½ oz Senior Blue Curacao
½ oz Homemade Orgeat
½ oz Lemon Juice
¼ oz Orange Juice
1 dash Bittermen’s Elemakule bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
Shake with ice and pour unstrained into a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with cocktail cherries and a pineapple wedge. We’d have used some pineapple but our roommates ate it all.
This drink has a spicy note that melds refreshingly with the orgeat and lemon. It finishes clean with notes of orange peel and a slight nuttyness. It’s no Mai Tai but it’s bright and refreshing with some spicy blams of joy.
We’ll we’re happy to have participated as always, even if we did have to commit some tiki sins. We’re looking forward to getting a couple more posts in for tiki month and hope you’ll join us as we clear our busy schedule. So until next time.
“You Get Hammered America!” – JFL
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