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Mai Tai Concentrate
happy buddha
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Posted: 2013-08-21 1:02 pm   Permalink

Vic's has it for sale at the moment. Anybody ever try it? If it's half as good as the Navy Grog concentrate, I'm already sold..

 
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djmont
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Posted: 2013-08-21 1:07 pm   Permalink

I believe it takes the place of the orgeat, rock candy syrup and orange curacao. So I guess it might be an okay shortcut... But doing it from scratch isn't much harder.
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skeeter
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Posted: 2013-08-21 7:51 pm   Permalink

I was going to order some today, but what's the deal with the $25 shipping charge??


 
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Dapuma1
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Posted: 2013-08-21 9:47 pm   Permalink

You just use rum and the concentrate, which is how they make it in the restaurant if you don't order it "Old Way"

I am not 100% sure if you add lime to it or not when doing it with the mix



 
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djmont
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Posted: 2013-08-22 07:41 am   Permalink

If it does include the "lime" than I bet it's kinda nasty. And chemically.
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Limbo Lizard
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Posted: 2013-08-22 10:05 am   Permalink

They emphasize (on Facebook) that it's made with cane sugar - a move back in the right direction!

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Primativa in Hi-Fi
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Posted: 2013-08-22 10:29 am   Permalink

It's god awful.



 
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Limbo Lizard
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Posted: 2013-08-22 10:35 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-08-21 19:51, skeeter wrote:
I was going to order some today, but what's the deal with the $25 shipping charge??



Their shipping has been very expensive and inefficient, for years. A story, to illustrate:
I used to order Orgeat (during a time when all brands had disappeared from all local stores) and Javanese Dressing. I tried to order several things, to average the shipping cost-per-item down, but it still about doubled the price. You used to have to call to order (Gail Barber - funny I remember her name), and they'd call back with a quote, after they figured out the shipping. Once, I was told my order of 4 Orgeat, 6 Javanese and a tub of HBR Batter would require 3 boxes, at quite a huge cost. I asked if they couldn't do it for less, so she talked to shipping again, and they thought they could get it down to 2 boxes. I reluctantly agreed and took the hit.
So, when the 2 boxes arrived, one was a box with dividers to fit 12 750 ml bottles, and my 10 bottles were in it, with plenty of room to spare - especially since the 6 dressing bottles were so short. Then, alone in the second box was the little plastic tub of batter! And they started out thinking they'd need THREE boxes?!

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DavidAfshar
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Posted: 2013-08-22 11:02 am   Permalink

Just ordered some. You can easily make a great Mai Tai without it using curacao, rock candy syrup, etc. But the first true Mai Tai I ever had was at the now-defunct Trader Vic's Dallas, and since I didn't know to order it "the old way," what I got was rum and concentrate. As a result, I'm a bit nostalgic for that taste, though a hand-crafted Mai Tai is tastier and more authentic.

Also, unless they've changed the formula (which would defeat my whole reason for buying some, so I hope they haven't), the lime is not included in the concentrate.


 
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djmont
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Posted: 2013-08-22 12:26 pm   Permalink

I was tempted to get some, just to experiment with. But it's a little pricey if it turns out I don't like it.
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djmont
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Posted: 2013-08-22 12:36 pm   Permalink

What the hell, I ordered some.

I wanted some other things, and the concentrate didn't bump up the shipping.
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GentleHangman
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Posted: 2013-08-22 5:23 pm   Permalink

As unimpressed as I was with the "Grog" concentrate . . . I think I'll pass. A regular Mai Tai from scratch isn't at all difficult.

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Dapuma1
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Posted: 2013-08-23 7:02 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-08-22 17:23, GentleHangman wrote:
As unimpressed as I was with the "Grog" concentrate . . . I think I'll pass. A regular Mai Tai from scratch isn't at all difficult.





Unless I can get fresh Marsh Grapefruit (super rare in AZ) I cannot get a homemade Navy Grog to really sing like the concentrate they use at TV - bottled ocean spray just misses something

Wish it was the grog on sale not the mai tai - but I agree the mai tai is easy enough to make and better tasting by putting the components together


 
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GentleHangman
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From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2013-08-24 07:15 am   Permalink

Regarding white grapefruit: I have the same problem here; I can only get it in large containers (Ocean Spray, etc.) and it goes off before I can use it up. Amazon to the rescue! I order 48 5.5oz cans of Ocean Spray 100% white grapefruit juice for about $34. with free shipping. That's about 71 cents a can. I've been doing it this way for a couple of years now and it works well for me.

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Sunny&Rummy
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From: Melbourne, FL
Posted: 2013-08-24 07:23 am   Permalink

I had the same problem with the large bottles of Ocean Spray white grapefruit that I could never use up before it went bad. I finally got smart this summer and froze half of a new bottle to keep it fresh and that did the trick.

I have never seen little cans of Ocean Spray. We only get a crappy brand called Blue Bird (I think) that usually pours brown and oxidized and is pretty horrible.

There is maybe one month in the late fall where I can find fresh local white grapefruit. I pretty much live for that time.
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