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"Mai Tai" (in quotes) question
Tiki Phill
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Posted: 2008-03-26 11:30 am   Permalink

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On 2008-03-25 07:43, LogicBomB wrote:
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That Realime stuff is total crap. Try squeezing some actual fresh limes. Seriously, how hard is it to do that?



It's not a matter of difficulty, it's a matter of convenience and time. As much as my wife loves me spending 10 minutes in the kitchen for every drink it's just not something I'm willing to do except on the rare occasion. I could pre-squeeze the limes if I wanted but I imagine most of it would go to waste unless I planned to have more than one or two a week. Realime and Realemon are the only good options regardless of quality



My fridge is full of canned (and boxed) juices. But fresh lime juice I think makes a very big different.

Also if you are afraid of your lime juice going to waste, if you have lots of limes left over turn it into lime sour mix. Lime sour mix is awesome just use it like you would use normal sour. This will let it last longer. When that turns cloudy, toss it.


 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2008-03-26 11:38 am   Permalink

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On 2008-03-25 07:43, LogicBomB wrote:
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That Realime stuff is total crap. Try squeezing some actual fresh limes. Seriously, how hard is it to do that?



It's not a matter of difficulty, it's a matter of convenience and time. As much as my wife loves me spending 10 minutes in the kitchen for every drink it's just not something I'm willing to do except on the rare occasion. I could pre-squeeze the limes if I wanted but I imagine most of it would go to waste unless I planned to have more than one or two a week. Realime and Realemon are the only good options regardless of quality



I use Nellies Key Lime juice which you can find in the baking section of your grocery store for making the pie. It is as close to fresh lime juice as you can get in a bottle.


 
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Deckhand_Davy
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From: The Texas Lagoons
Posted: 2008-03-28 4:48 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-03-24 18:27, Hakalugi wrote:
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On 2008-03-24 16:15, LogicBomB wrote:
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I tried making a traditional Mai Tai even though I knew it wasn't what I was looking for - really, why the hell wouldn't I?



BTW, if you want a good "traditional" Mai Tai recipe, here's one of the best (if not).

http://www.beachbumberry.com/100dollarmaitai/



Oh my!!! I visited the site and looked at the recipe. MY TIKI LORD IT DOES REQUIRE DAMMMN HIGH QUALITY RUM TO TASTE GOOOOOOOOD!!!!!.
This has been my 3rd attempt at getting the TV recipe right....finally, now I think I have an idea of what a good Mai-Tai is truly supposed to taste...it's so refreshing, yet the rum is in the limelight with this drink. It's sooo good!

Before, what usually happened was I couldn't find the exact rums or curacao that was required. So, this time I went all out and bought the highest quality items as Berry's recipe suggested and he was spot on. This is pretty exciting for me...considering that I've been failing at Mai-Tais for the longest time.

Also, it cost me $118 to buy the ingredients...pretty pricey, but hell, it's really worth it!

Silly perhaps, but after I wrote this I snapped a pic of a freshly made Mai-Tai




**Just wanted to note that I coulnnt find the Marie Brizard orange curacao anywheres except for online stores. Soo...I opted to get a more expensive Curacao, and supposedly this has been produced for over 100 years and is the only curacao pruduced on the island of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles (North of Venezuala), Senior Curacao of Curacao Liquor. Cost me around $25....dammmm good stuff, lemme tellya!!

[ This Message was edited by: Deckhand_Davy 2008-03-29 11:48 ]


 
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2008-03-29 1:30 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-03-28 16:48, Deckhand_Davy wrote:
Oh my!!! I visited the site and looked at the recipe. MY TIKI LORD IT DOES REQUIRE DAMMMN HIGH QUALITY RUM TO TASTE GOOOOOOOOD!!!!!.

...Also, it cost me $118 to buy the ingredients...pretty pricey, but hell, it's really worth it!....



Oh yes, a truly good Mai-tai is worth any price. The secret is that even at $118 dollars, that works out to about $4.50 a drink which is still better (and better quality) than you will get at most every bar.

As to the Senior Curacao, my personal favorite! Yummy!

Now I have to go make a Mai-Tai, Im thirsty.
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woofmutt
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Posted: 2008-12-31 8:28 pm   Permalink

This seems as good a thread as any for this story...

I was at a bar (non-Tiki) last night and there was some discussion of Seattle restaurant history and Polynesian restaurants among a couple of us at the bar, including the bartender.

The subject of the Mai Tai came up and the bartender said "We use Vic's recipe here." He then grabbed the laminated bar guide which had a recipe on each page and a picture of how the drinks should look. He flipped it open to the Mai Tai and set it on the bar.

The picture of their Mai Tai showed a drink which was light orange/pink in color. I knew right off it wasn't Vic's original but before I could shoot my mouth off the woman next to me said "That's the wrong color. It shouldn't be orange."

I just about fell off my bar stool. Apparently her husband is a Mai Tai fan and has been working on making the ideal Mai Tai based on Vic's recipe.

I looked over the recipe in the bar guide and was surprised to find no pineapple juice or grenadine. What apparently gave their Mai Tai its pinkish cast was the inclusion of Angostura bitters. Other than that their recipe was pretty much like Vic's, they even use freshly squeezed lime juice.
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Suburban Beachbum
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Posted: 2009-01-01 06:35 am   Permalink

Does anyone know if the "Island Mai Tai" or "Phil's Hurricane" recipe is also what they serve as a Mai Tai at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki? Sounds the same, though it had a dark rum or 151 float.

Thanks.


 
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Cammo
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Posted: 2009-01-01 07:52 am   Permalink

Why don't you guys simply ask the bartender what they're putting in your drink? It's not a secret, they make it differently each time depending on the guy behind the bar, and its illegal to NOT tell you what you're drinking anyway!

Also, isn't the guy making it right in front of you? I mean, 2 shots of light rum, 1 of dark, then just ask what was in that big orange jug!

Also, if you want a specific flavor of Mai Tai, just tell the bartender what you want!

Is it some type of one-upmanship game to see if the bartender will make a perfect copy of a Vic's Mai Tai without being prompted to?? Like, I am superior to you because Mighty I know how to make a Vic's Mai Tai and Thou Don't????

Again, why not just tell them you like Vic's version, then describe the contents?


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-01-01 10:21 am   Permalink

Cammo! Now why'd ya have to come in here and piss in the Wheaties? That's no way to start out the New Year!
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Suburban Beachbum
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Posted: 2009-01-01 11:56 am   Permalink

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On 2009-01-01 07:52, Cammo wrote:
Why don't you guys simply ask the bartender what they're putting in your drink? It's not a secret, they make it differently each time depending on the guy behind the bar, and its illegal to NOT tell you what you're drinking anyway!

Also, isn't the guy making it right in front of you? I mean, 2 shots of light rum, 1 of dark, then just ask what was in that big orange jug!

Also, if you want a specific flavor of Mai Tai, just tell the bartender what you want!

Is it some type of one-upmanship game to see if the bartender will make a perfect copy of a Vic's Mai Tai without being prompted to?? Like, I am superior to you because Mighty I know how to make a Vic's Mai Tai and Thou Don't????

Again, why not just tell them you like Vic's version, then describe the contents?




Can't speak for the group, but I didn't ask the bartender because, at the time, I didn't realize there were so many freaking recipes out there for a Mai Tai. It's certainly more work than finding a recipe for a margarita. That and, frankly, I was too busy getting buzzed and enjoying the drinks.

That being said, you're right, and I'll just ask next time.

In any event, I tried out the recipe listed above, it tasted great, and that's exactly what I remember tasting at the Surfrider. So, thanks!


 
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Cammo
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Posted: 2009-01-07 5:37 pm   Permalink

"Frankly, I was too busy getting buzzed and enjoying the drinks."

The PERFECT ANSWER!!!! Bro, as long as you were having a great time you don't have to apologize for anything!


 
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Sham Adams
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From: Brisbane, Australia
Posted: 2009-02-22 10:51 pm   Permalink

Hey guys thought i'd speak up.

i've been using the same round about spec's for near 10 year.
Based on Vic's but patched up by Dale DeGroff then fiddled with by me.

50mls Appleton Extra (kind of close to 17-year old J. Wray & Nephew)
20mls Cointreau (dry enough)
15mls Orgeat
5mls Gomme
25mls Lime juice
2 Dashes of Ang. Bitters
Shake Strain. Double Old Fas. Ice Cap. Mint Sprig.
Make sure to swing all numbers up or down to taste or customer.
try not to swing more than 3 and no more than 5mls.

Also I do have to say that you really do need fresh lime.
Best way is a swing hand juicer. I know that i'm preaching to the choir on this one.
For anyone that doesn't have one. Here's where i get mine.
http://www.nextag.com/lime-squeezer/search-html

Thanks guys
Shay Leighton.





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