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Joined: Jul 17, 2014
|Posted: 2016-07-02 2:51 pm  Permalink|
On 2016-07-02 10:59, cvcgolf wrote:
You are using some great products right there.. What is the rum on the left?.. Do you always use Grand Marinier?.. I need some good curacao recommendations.. Been using Senior & Company which is great but they might not have it at my local stores next time.. I need a back up plan just in case it's gone..
[ This Message was edited by: cvcgolf 2016-07-02 11:00 ]
Looks like Clement XO on the left. I use Senior curaçao when I'm putting an agricole rum (typically Clement VSOP) in my Mai Tai. I'll use creole shrub if I put a Demerara rum (typically El Dorado 12) instead of an agricole. i still haven't experimented with Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao nor have I stepped up to Grand Marnier or other orange flavored liqueurs. I really should.
Joined: May 13, 2016
|Posted: 2016-07-03 6:25 pm  Permalink|
ADVENTURES IN ORGEAT
Sojourned to local liquor store. Employees on hand have never even heard of orgeat syrup. They doubt it could be stocked in the future since they "don't do a lot of mixers." Scour supermarkets for, at the very least, almond coffee syrup - but to no avail. Procure almonds for attempt at homemade orgeat.
Made a trip all the way to the nearest health food / naturopathic store specifically to find orange blossom water. The cashier is at least familiar with the product this time, but they do not stock it. Only rose water. Decide if I'm going to do the rest from scratch I might as well make my own rose water while I'm at it.
Distilled rose water from the full blooming rosebush in the back yard (Perfect timing). Zested the entire rind of one orange, one lime, and one lemon and macerated in vodka. Toasted almonds in oven before pulverizing in food processor. Almonds are simmered in simple syrup, then left to rest for 3 hours. Syrup is strained from the now candied almonds, and 1oz each of the rose water and citrus vodka is added.
The orgeat is very dark compared to most commercial varieties I've seen, and very nutty. I may have toasted the almonds too long.
On first attempt, the nuttiness is almost overpowering. The recipe that was used as a base must not have accounted for such a strong flavor. Less orgeat, more orange liqueur, and the balance is better.
Joined: Sep 13, 2008
|Posted: 2016-07-03 9:46 pm  Permalink|
A Mai tai probably shouldn't look like that. Order some bg Reynolds.
Joined: Aug 25, 2013
From: San Antonio
|Posted: 10 days ago; 8:55 pm  Permalink|
First time making a Mai Tai.
Very pleased with the results.
Used the recipe from Smuggler's Cove with 2 oz of Denizen Merchant's Reserve.
Joined: Jun 10, 2004
From: Reseda, calif.
|Posted: 9 days ago; 10:13 am  Permalink|
Nice picture and looks tasty.