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djmont
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From: Potomac Falls, VA
Posted: 2013-08-24 07:30 am   Permalink

How are the little cans of Ocean Spray? Are you satisfied with the taste?

Because that sounds like a great option.
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Posted: 2013-08-24 10:51 am   Permalink

Dapuma1, it sounds like GentleHangMan has a few bottles of Grog Concentrate that he could sell to you!

 
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Tele295
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Joined: Mar 22, 2013
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From: RinKonTiki, CA
Posted: 2013-08-24 2:24 pm   Permalink

I got a bottle of the Mai Tai concentrate at CostPlus. It was kinda chemically - nowhere near as good as the from-scratch Mai Tais I had in Kauai

 
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Dapuma1
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Posted: 2013-08-24 3:07 pm   Permalink

hmm, I like the idea of the little cans, because after a few days the small amount of bottled tartness goes away and it is even less appealing

Do you think the AZ heat will damage the juice (i.e. should I wait until it drops below 100)

Yes if you are willing to sell a few bottles of the Grog Concentrate I would love to take them off your hands


 
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djmont
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Posted: 2013-08-24 3:47 pm   Permalink

The stuff they sell at CostPlus is a different animal. It's the regular retail version of the Mai Tai mix and it's putrid. The store under discussion is the Mai Tai concentrate, which is used by the TV restaurants and only occasionally offered to the public.
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rixzantis
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Posted: 2013-08-24 4:18 pm   Permalink

Just received delivery on the concentrate.
Didn't come with a recipe!?!
Anyone know how to use this stuff?


 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2013-08-24 5:17 pm   Permalink

An oz each lime, concentrate, lite & dk rum? Just a guess

 
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GentleHangman
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From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2013-08-24 6:20 pm   Permalink

The 5.5oz cans of Ocean Spray 100% white grapefruit juice are excellent! It's the exact same juice they have in their larger bottles but in an easier to use size. I get them from Amazon for around $34 for 48 cans. Shipping is free.
I keep them in my pantry room setting one or two cans in the fridge which I replace as they are used.
I hope this helps.

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djmont
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Posted: 2013-08-26 07:04 am   Permalink

I ordered some of the grapefruit juice in the little cans from Amazon. Thanks for the tip!
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Dr. Coruba
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Posted: 2013-08-26 08:42 am   Permalink

Anything bought in a retail store (other than Trader Vic's) has been the dreaded "mix." The concentrate is basically a replacement for orgeat and orange curacao with some cane sugar. The explanation given to me by the long serving head bartender at the Atlanta Trader Vic's, Joel, is that while it does simplify making the drink, the main reason the concentrate was developed was to ensure the needed ingredients are available to TVs around the world. It gives them a higher degree of consistency. Their goal is to ensure that a Trader Vic's Mai Tai is the same no matter which Trader Vic's you go to around the world. Joel also added that he will make your Mai Tais from scratch all night long if you ask. It is no bother to him to add the extra two pours to make you a Mai Tai the old way.

Rixzantis, unless they've changed the label, the recommended recipe should be right there on the bottle. I'm uploading a photo of my bottle, in case they have.



 
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GentleHangman
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From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2013-08-26 10:12 am   Permalink

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!

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djmont
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Posted: 2013-08-26 10:52 am   Permalink

It's a good idea. Laziness often overtakes me as well.
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rixzantis
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Posted: 2013-08-26 6:32 pm   Permalink

Thanks Doctor Coruba!
The new bottles do not have the recipe on them.
Just doesn't seem like much liquid with that recipe.
I tried one last night:
1 oz. Lime
1/2 oz. concentrate
1-1/2 oz. Myers
1 oz. Smith & Cross
Lots of crushed ice.
Tasted good!

Maybe need to do some more experimentation.....
With most of the Beachbum's recipes, I cut back on the lime.
With this combo it was not too citrus-y


 
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djmont
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From: Potomac Falls, VA
Posted: 2013-08-30 11:08 am   Permalink

For the record, the ingredients as listed are:

Cane sugar, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate


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GentleHangman
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Posted: 2013-08-30 5:14 pm   Permalink

It's that damn Potassium Sorbate . . . gets me every time!


 
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