I couldn't take the Chicago cold so I booked a flight down to Florida for the weekend and I thought this was the best drink the represent my feelings!
The king of rum drinks and my personal favorite of the Tiki universe is the Mai Tai. It should be everyone's favorite rum drink! Have a few and everything will start to become your favorite something or other. It came on the scene in 1944 and the credits go to Victor J. ‘Trader Vic’ Bergeron. There are rumors however that the recipe was stolen adapted from the 1937 Q.B. Cooler made by a man named Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt who we all know today as Donn Beach or just Don The Beachcomber for long. I think the drinks taste similar but are too far apart in composition to make this claim. Those Tiki guys are weird and like burying their recipes out on forgotten sandbars with their loot.
I keep an old bottle around that I decant the last bits of other rums into. This creates a living rum bottle. Sometimes it’s perfect other times it's a little sweet or too boozy/grassy/dunderpity/light/dark etc. but the overall average is great. I used to keep a list of what I had put in there but that was lost after a few rum fueled nights. If you want to make your own I recommend starting it out by filling a bottle about half way with a mix of some darker Jamaican rums and then about half of what's left with some weird funky pot still rums from wherever. The Trader was specific about what went in his but I like to be a little more open to the rums I use.
The Mai Tai
In a Cobbler Shaker:
60 ml R(h)um Blend From Living Bottle
15 ml Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
30 ml Lime Juice
15 ml Orgeat (I use the Small Hands brand)
7 ml Simple Syrup
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
Shake with ice.
Strain into a rocks glass with crushed ice.
Garnish with a spent lime hull and a sprig of mint.
Bar To Home
A simple translation from bar to home.