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My Mai Tai recipe without needing orgeat syrup (God forbid!!!)


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Paul B (PREMIUM)

Posted 17 May '20 from United States with 350 ratings

I have been slowing perfecting my own recipes for the complex Mai Tai. I wound up going back to the original from Trader Vic , but leaving orgeat syrup out of the mix. I really don't like that syrup and Trader Vic used it in very small amounts to put his Tiki drinks over the edge from competitor Don The Beachcomber. Basically, it all boils down to the rums. There should be one agricole, and one dark, preferably with Jamaican hogo funk. I had to use three rums to achieve my perfect mix. The original dark Martiniquan rum was actually some crap like Negrita that they do not even keep for themselves on that island! All of these rums were not even available in the heyday of Tiki bars. As for the 17 year old Jamaican rum, that one is long gone. I am not a stickler for exact duplication from almost a hundred years ago, but I only want a damn good tasting Mai Tai. If you cannot find JM VO Rhum, any premium agricole of LOW AGING will work, since those agricoles are so delicate that they absorb too much of the wooden barrel taste with aging.

So all that I did was to substitute the orgeat syrup with the same amount of simple syrup, which means no added sweetness. Instead of two rums, I had to use three. And this took LOTS of trials to get this mixture right. I multiply this recipe by three to store in old Admiral Rodney bottles, which is the perfect bottle for such bulk drinks that have no carbonation.

Cheers!!!!

Paul's perfect Mai Tai without orgeat syrup
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1.0 ounce simple syrup
1.0 ounce Clement Creole Shrubb (no substitutes!)
1.0 ounce Smith & Cross Rum (no substitutes!)
1.0 ounce JM VO Rhum (or other premium UNAGED agricole)
1.5 ounces lime juice
2.0 ounces Eldorado 8 Rum (strongly recommended for your dark rum)

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