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Almond liqueur in a Mai Tai?
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Joined: Jun 03, 2009
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From: Italy, but not by choice
Posted: 2013-08-25 10:57 am   Permalink

Has anyone tried using almond liqueur in a Mai Tai? My local liquor store is out of orgeat but they had this, so I'd like to give it a try.

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Joined: Jun 13, 2013
Posts: 579
From: Melbourne, FL
Posted: 2013-08-25 11:19 am   Permalink

Using Amaretto in a faux Mai Tai is a standard old school bartender trick and I have been served such incarnations on several occassions and some have actually been drinkable. The walk up bar outside of the old Adventurer's Club at WDW Pleasure Island did a Mai Tai with Amaretto that tickled some of the same taste buds as an orgeat Mai Tai, though their interpretation was a Hawaiian style with pineapple juice and maybe orange juice as well. It may be nostalgia more than anything but I miss that drink.

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Joined: Jun 16, 2013
Posts: 552
From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2013-08-25 12:36 pm   Permalink

I've had a few fruit juice mai tais with almond liqueur in (call it 'Hawaiian' style) & they were mostly good fun.

I use amaretto in fogg cutters in place of sherry (after comparison & not being bothered). In a T.Vic mai tai it's your call, give it a go

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Joined: Aug 03, 2011
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From: Potomac Falls, VA
Posted: 2013-08-25 1:17 pm   Permalink

I would say: if you can't get orgeat, a good Amaretto (I like Luxardo and DiSaronno) is better than nothing. But orgeat isn't that hard to make, if you can't find any.
David J. Montgomery
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