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Mai Tai mix at the grocery store
Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2004-01-08 10:19 pm   Permalink

Okay, now I beleive the tiki revolution is upon us. I was at Kroger looking at the regular stock of mixes, mainly Sweet and Sour and there it was "Mai Tai" mix! There with the Bloody Mary and the Margarita and the olives and onions and soda water, Mai Tai. You know we have made it now. What was next to it really made me laugh though. Cosmopolitan mix. ????? It's freakin' fake cranberry juice! I can see it now, "I made one at home with my cranberry juice, but it didn't taste like at the bar. So I got this stuff with all these artificial ingredients at the store and it's just right." Trader Vic's needs to jump on this stuff now.
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Monkeyman
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From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2004-01-08 11:07 pm   Permalink

In a pinch I use the Trader Vics Mai Tai mix. Then I customize it a little. Use spiced rum and put in a glob of cream du coconut.

Its pretty good.
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PiPhiRho
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From: Redondo Beach
Posted: 2004-01-09 12:28 pm   Permalink

I find the store bought Vic's Mix to be a bit too tart when mixed using the recipe on the label, so I add a little extra orgeat and a couple shakes of orange bitters. It works well and makes the Mai Tai taste much more like what you get in the bar at TVs.

Other Mai Tai mixes are kind of disappointing. There is one by Tahiti Joe's and one by Mr. & Mrs. T as well as a couple of others. Both have a strange mix of friuty and chemically tastes that are very un- Mai Tai like. If using a mix, stick with Vic's.


 
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Humuhumu
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2004-01-09 12:38 pm   Permalink

The only Mai Tai mix I had an easy time finding in Seattle was the Mr & Mrs T's; I never touched the stuff. Swanky, it's interesting that your local grocery store is only stocking it now, I've been seeing Mai Tai mix at the store since I was a kid.

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Maori_man
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Joined: Nov 23, 2003
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From: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 2004-01-09 1:12 pm   Permalink

Well, in Oregon you have a really f-ed up Liquor situation. You have to go to the Liquor store (run by the state) to get all your hard liquor. I envy all you who can wander into you local super marts and walk out with some hooch.

Being in the frigid NW (about 5 inches of snow and an inch of ice on the gorund right now), we indulge in the Hot Buttered Rum. I was shocked and amazed when I went into my local QFC (also Kroger owned) and didn see any HBR mix but actual Trader Vics brand Tom and Jerry mix.


 
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tiki mick
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From: Socal
Posted: 2004-01-09 2:02 pm   Permalink

I actually tried the Mr. T's brand mix the other night..not too bad..not as good as one of Tiki Bong's Mai-tais, of course!

I got it becuase they were out of trader vics, which is actually quite good..(if you add the lime juice!!!)

After about 12 huge ones, I could no longer tell the difference, but the next DAY (to quote Shelley berman) "my toungue was asleep, and my teeth itched!!"


 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2004-01-09 2:30 pm   Permalink

No liquor in the grocery stores here, just beer.
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Traitor Vic
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From: Greenville, SC
Posted: 2004-01-11 10:02 pm   Permalink

I believe I've seen the Mr. and Mrs. T's stuff in stores around here years ago. Somebody needs to try this stuff out just so we can all be told exactly how awful it really is. If I see it around here I'll do it and give a report.

(God I hope I don't see it around here now...)


 
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Iolani
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Posted: 2004-01-12 08:49 am   Permalink

I'll offer my two cents' worth about the Mr. & Mrs. T's mai tai mix. Treacly and cloying and I'm not too sure there's any orgeat in it. It'll do in a pinch, like last month when I wanted to put down a few mai tais, but didn't want to drive to the bar. I cut the sweetness with some light pineapple juice and a dash of water, otherwise I'd be reaching for the pepto!

 
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Kava King
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From: Kensington-on-Avondale
Posted: 2004-01-12 11:39 am   Permalink

I'd rather NOT drink any mixes that take their flavor cues from Mr. OR Mrs. T. We all have our desperate moments- alone in a strange city with no Tiki flavor whatsoever, but take my word for it and pass on the "Mr/Mrs." swill. Spend your money on a small bottle of Grand Marnier, a bottle of Almond extract (baking aisle of any grocer), fresh limes and some good rum. Not for the purist, but after the 3rd one what the hell.

 
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TikiHula
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From: SacTown
Posted: 2004-01-12 1:06 pm   Permalink

Quote:

Swanky, it's interesting that your local grocery store is only stocking it now, I've been seeing Mai Tai mix at the store since I was a kid.



Hey Humuhumu, I didn't know you've been drinking Mai Tais since you were a kid... me too!!

I agree that the T's stuff is junk and that the Vic's Mai Tai mix is pretty good if used with lime. But nothing beats the Old Fashioned Mai Tai recipe!! (hmmmm, is Monday at noon too early in the week to start drinkin'??)

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tikijackalope
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-01-13 12:19 am   Permalink

For what its worth, the liquor clerk at Smitties Grocery store in Joplin, MO told us on New Years Eve that she had been selling more Mr & Mrs T's Mai Tai mix than usual the last few months. We thought that drinking out of our tiki mugs to end a year that had been so infused with tiki would be fitting so we bought some and tried it. This was my first Mai Tai so I'm no judge of how it tasted, but I did find the report that there was actually an increasing demand for the stuff to be interesting.

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DrFunk75
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From: Newburyport, MA
Posted: 2004-05-19 5:48 pm   Permalink

The liquor stores here in Massachusetts and the bordering states do not carry Trader Vic's mai tai mix; they only carry Mr. and Mrs. T's. I personally find this stuff to be most dreadful! I prefer Trader Vic's mix, which I also think is not spectacular, but it is quite expensive to have shipped here to the Boston area. The last time I ordered a case of it, it cost me the same amount in shipping is it did for six bottles of the stuff! I just don't find it to be worth that!


 
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Quince_at_Dannys
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Posted: 2004-05-20 09:23 am   Permalink

C' mon people, lay off the mixes! Pick up some fresh limes, orgeat and orange curacao and make your Mai Tais by hand. They'll taste soooooo much better. It's worth the extra 30 seconds.

 
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Iolani
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Posted: 2004-05-20 09:36 am   Permalink

Yes, Quince, hand-mixed are waaaaay better, but I'm a lazy bugguh! After a long day at work and a tough workout, sometimes a mix is the way to go.

I find this funny: in northern Virginia, the only place I know of that sells Trader Vic's mai tai mix is a middle eastern grocery. It is kind of funny to get my TV Mai Tai mix right down the aisle from the hookahs and shisha and "allahu akbar" tapestries. All a man could need!


 
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