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Recipe: "Bali Hai's World Famous Mai Tai" - in the San Diego Union-Tribune
tropicali*honey
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Posted: 2009-07-01 9:40 pm   Permalink

Article in today's FOOD Section of the Bali Hai's Mai Tai recipe.




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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2009-07-01 10:11 pm   Permalink

The article states; "What makes the Bali Hai version so special is that it contains no fruit juice..."

The menus at the Bali also boast about their Mai Tai having "no fruit juice"


Now let's look at the recipe.... Do I see Sweet and Sour?

Yes.

Now anybody here should know what goes in to Sweet and Sour mix. Typically lemon juice and sugar syrup, or sometimes lime juice and sugar syrup, or a combination of lemon, lime and sugar.

So based on the Bali Hai boastful claim, does this mean that the Sweet and Sour mix used at the Bali Hai contains no actual lemon or lime juice and is artificially flavored? Why are they bragging about this? Or does their sweet and sour actually have juice in it and they just don't know what they're saying. Either way, this looses points in my book.


 
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Posted: 2009-07-01 10:27 pm   Permalink

And how do we know that the sweet n' sour mix used at Bali Hai actually contains real lemon juice? It could be artificial lemon and corn syrup for all we know.

IMHO, I give the Bali Hai Mai Tai the thumbs down. There are so many better things to drink there. If I want a Mai Tai I'll have one at Vic's, Tiki Ti, Don the Beachcomber, Tony's... but I can do without the Bali Hai Mai Tai.


 
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Posted: 2009-07-02 06:37 am   Permalink

Doesn't one of the Beachbum Berry books have a Bali Hai Mai Tai recipe in it? How does it compare with this one? (I'm at work )
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Posted: 2009-07-02 07:18 am   Permalink

Quote:
On 2009-07-02 06:37, Rum Balls wrote:
Doesn't one of the Beachbum Berry books have a Bali Hai Mai Tai recipe in it? How does it compare with this one? (I'm at work )



Yes, the Bali Hai Mai Tai is in Intoxica. It's the same recipe as published, but it specifies 1 oz. of sweet and sour instead of "to fill the glass".

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Posted: 2009-07-02 09:30 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-07-01 22:27, PiPhiRho wrote:

IMHO, I give the Bali Hai Mai Tai the thumbs down. There are so many better things to drink there. If I want a Mai Tai I'll have one at Vic's, Tiki Ti, Don the Beachcomber, Tony's... but I can do without the Bali Hai Mai Tai.




I'm glad you said this. I tried a Bali Hai Mai Tai at a recently-past Oasis and found it to be overly strong without the elements that make a Mai Tai "mai tai." There are better things to drink at the Bali Hai. If I want all booze, I'll order a Manhattan.


 
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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2009-07-02 10:09 am   Permalink

Everyone says how strong the Bali Hai Mai Tai is, but it has the same amount of rum as a trader vics...2 oz.


I haven't tried it yet, but I've had the Mr Bali Hai and the Scorpion bowl and liked them both.




 
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Posted: 2009-07-02 10:50 am   Permalink

The possible reason for it being so strong is that their bartenders usualy don't measure anything
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Posted: 2009-07-02 10:57 am   Permalink

I always find Bali Hai's mai tai to be really strong. Maybe they put more rum in it than they tell you.


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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2009-07-02 11:16 am   Permalink

I don't like them at all.
if someone gave me one for free,
I would refuse it.

Jeff(bigtikidude)



 
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TikiG
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Posted: 2009-07-02 11:38 am   Permalink

Stopped by Bali Hai last year. Had lunch there during the middle of the week.

They advertise the Mai Tai as "strong". Right on the drinks menu.

My first tropical drink at any Polynesian restaurant, first visit, is always a Mai Tai. My gauge for "quality" I guess.

Well I ordered two Mai Tais, one for me one for Melany. When they arrived at the table they looked fantastic. Proper color and all that stuff. Plus mint and pineapple garnish.

Mel took one sip off of her Mai Tai and could not drink the rest of it! Too strong!
The drink was mostly all rum with very little fruit (lime).

I ended up drinking both cocktails during lunch and felt no pain afterward. I was off the ground you could say. Spent the rest of the afternoon at the tide pools near the lighthouse close-by the Bali Hai. The buzz lasted all afternoon! Awesome.

While I will agree the Bali Hai Mai Tai was strong - it sure beat the Mr. Tiki Mai Tai I had the night before in downtown SD - all red syrup and served in a hurricane glass...wtf?


 
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Posted: 2009-07-02 11:56 am   Permalink

In the above recipe, is it OK to substitute Myers's rum for "Meyers"?
The sour mix probably doesn't contain any lemon juice - citric acid and corn syrup.
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Posted: 2009-07-02 10:34 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-07-02 10:57, arriano wrote:
I always find Bali Hai's mai tai to be really strong. Maybe they put more rum in it than they tell you.







Strong? Last time I drank one it singed off my eyebrows.

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Posted: 2009-07-03 10:02 am   Permalink

went the other night for a birthday cocktail, strong as usual...

They use coruba now rather than meyers, and you can request an all Meyers variant if you want (now light rum, double meyers)


 
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Posted: 2009-07-04 08:37 am   Permalink

I believe thay also float 151 on top , thats where the kick comes from.

 
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