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Mai Tai Concentrate
Trad'r Bill
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From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2013-08-30 6:22 pm   Permalink

Wow, I just noticed something awesome. The Mai Tai bar mix has switched from HFCS to Cane Sugar! And yes, I am talking about the *Mai Tai Concentrate* not the Mai Tai Mix found at BevMo.

I got this bottle from the Emeryville location within the last year:






That's a *major* upgrade in my mind! Interesting that the Grog Mix I got recently from tradervics.com was still HFCS.

-Trad'r Bill


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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2013-08-30 6:40 pm   Permalink

My bad, looks like Limbo Lizard already alluded to the above.

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On 2013-08-22 10:05, Limbo Lizard wrote:
They emphasize (on Facebook) that it's made with cane sugar - a move back in the right direction!



 
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Dapuma1
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Posted: 2013-08-30 9:15 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-08-26 10:12, GentleHangman wrote:
I like to make my own "Mai Tai Mix". I mix up a 12 oz, batch of orange curacao, orgeat and turbanado sugar syrup following the original proportions, and keep it in the fridge.
To make a Mai Tai I use 1 oz. of fresh lime, 1 oz of my "Mix", and two ounces of what ever rum combination I'm in the mood for. My favorite rums to use are: Appleton 12 year old and El DCorado 12 year old; Eldorado dark and Zaya; and Kohala Bay and El Dorado 12 year old. I enjoy making the original recipes for the Jet Pilot, 1934 Zombie, the Hukilau etc. but when I'm tired or lazy or tired and lazy. . . I just reach for my Mai Tai Mix and all is well with the world!





not the V/X and the VSOP as the Bum recommends?


 
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djmont
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From: Potomac Falls, VA
Posted: 2013-08-31 04:30 am   Permalink

Appleton 12 and El Dorado 12 is one of my favorite combinations as well. Appleton 12 and Clement VSOP -- the often recommended combination -- is also excellent. Sometimes I'll go with the Barbacourt 8 Year and a Jamaican.

Also make sure you try it with Clement Creole Shrub instead of the Orange Curacao. It's a nice variation that I make occasionally. (Not my idea, by the way. I think it's a pretty common substitution.)

For Curacao, I'll use Senior, Pierre Ferrand, Marie Brizard, Grand Marnier -- whatever's handy. Grand Marnier is a little sweeter, though, so if I use it, I cut out the simple syrup. I've found they all work very nicely.
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Dapuma1
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Posted: 2013-08-31 12:39 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-08-31 04:30, djmont wrote:
Appleton 12 and El Dorado 12 is one of my favorite combinations as well. Appleton 12 and Clement VSOP -- the often recommended combination -- is also excellent. Sometimes I'll go with the Barbacourt 8 Year and a Jamaican.

Also make sure you try it with Clement Creole Shrub instead of the Orange Curacao. It's a nice variation that I make occasionally. (Not my idea, by the way. I think it's a pretty common substitution.)

For Curacao, I'll use Senior, Pierre Ferrand, Marie Brizard, Grand Marnier -- whatever's handy. Grand Marnier is a little sweeter, though, so if I use it, I cut out the simple syrup. I've found they all work very nicely.




I have not tried it with the Appleton 12 and the VSOP, however I do have the 12 so I will give that a shot, I have subbed out the V/X for Smith and Cross and that was pretty tasty - I always use Senior Curacao of Curacao and the VSOP

ED12 is one of my fav's as I use it in my Navy Grog's - will give it a shot with the 12 for a Mai Tai sometime, normally I cut the lime down to half ounce, skip the simple and up the Orgeat (Small Hands) to half an ounce


 
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djmont
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Posted: 2013-09-01 2:11 pm   Permalink

I made drinks with the concentrate tonight. You know what? They're pretty good!

I tasted the concentrate on its own. It tastes like what you'd think: sweet syrup, with orgeat and orange notes.

As shortcuts go, this is a pretty good one.
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GentleHangman
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Posted: 2013-09-01 3:36 pm   Permalink

Actually . . . my up-scale rum blend using my home-made Mai Tai Mix is Appleton 12 with St. James Hors D' Age! But, as St James is becoming scarcer and scarcer I've had to make adjustments. . . I even like it with Appleton 21 year old all by itself! But . . . perhaps, that's just me! I just don't feel the need to purchase a "Mix" or "Concentrate" when I can make the drink as it was originally intended without the need of a degree in mixology (thanks to the Bum), . . in the case of the Mai Tai, how difficult is it really?
It's only five ingredients: Lime juice, Orange Curacao, Orgeat, simple syrup and your rum blend of choice. Sure, in a restaurant setting they might be pressed for time if such is the case, the use of a mix or concentrate may be a time saver. I don't seem to have that problem when I'm behind the bar at my house - even when I'm serving guests - I've trained them to be patient . . . if they want the "Real thing", they'll wait and watch as I make it . . . if they're in a hurry . . . they can drink elsewhere.


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djmont
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Posted: 2013-09-01 3:43 pm   Permalink

You're right -- there is no need for it. And I always have the ingredients on hand to make it from scratch.

But I like trying new things. I think the concentrate will prove especially useful for Mai Tai #3 of the night.
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Posted: 2013-09-02 4:33 pm   Permalink

Be sure to shake the bottle of Mai Tai concentrate well before using. The ingredients will settle if left standing too long and it won't taste right.

 
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DavidAfshar
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Posted: 2013-09-03 09:30 am   Permalink

Got mine late last week and have been making mai tais with it over the long weekend. I agree that it's in no way essential, but it's a pretty good shortcut, in my opinion. Much better than any other mai tai mix out there (unless you make your own).

 
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GentleHangman
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From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2013-09-03 1:13 pm   Permalink

I tried TV's Grog concentrate . . . I'll admit . . . it was passable (Had to double the amount of the concentrate fpor it to work properly); just OK. I have Hurricane Hayward's recipe for the Navy Grog, and the Yeoman's Grog . . . the latter being my preference. Hands down Hayward's recreations beat the TV concentrate hands down! I still have 1 1/2 bottles of the TV concentrate left, and I'll use them up when I'm in one of my 'lazy' moods.

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