Monday, March 26, 2018

FROM THE LOUNGE: MAI TAI COCKTAILS

      Ah---for those good old days of Gentlemen's Clubs. Unfortunately, our politically-correct Western dystopia has made the days of the Rockefeller Club, Maxim's, the Stork Club, etc., out of fashion. Hopefully this will change...

      In the meantime, though, with a well-stocked and tastefully-decorated home bar, you can re-create some of that mystique. And the good part is that your friends will be there: no dealing with the sots, barflies, and hipsters who've taken over most of the American club scene.

       Knowing how to mix drinks is a good skill to learn. Most Americans drink today as a tranquilizer or as an excuse to get drunk and act stupid. Actually, a lot of them behave that way whether drinking or not: but the alcohol camouflages this; so they can get away with being tards under the pretense of having a good time. 

       Don't be those guys. Alcohol is for relaxing and socializing. Mixed drinks are good in social settings because everyone has their preferences. Our formula for today is the celebrated Mai Tai Cocktail.



        Mai Tai's were developed in 1944 by Trader Vic's Restaurants. That chain specializes in Polynesian-themed cuisine. Formerly, they were located in most US major cities, but they've found more hospitable business climates abroad. In fact, Trader Vic's is one of the most popular foreign restaurants in the Middle East. That's really a sad commentary on the state of American society when great lounges feel more welcome in places like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. But that's where most of Trader Vic's business comes from: as well as surrounding countries like Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, and the Seychelles. 

        To make Mai Tai's in good old-fashioned Trader Vic's form requires a secret (but not unobtainable) called Orgeat. It's syrup made from almond extract with rose and orange water blended in. This syrup is available widely online at a low price and can be found in some specialty shops. 

        1 1/2 oz. light rum
         3/4 oz. Triple Sec
         3/4 oz. Orgeat
          3 oz. orange juice, without pulp
          3 oz. pineapple juice, without pulp
            1/4 oz. Everclear 190 proof

      Basically you fill a 16-oz. glass with ice and add the above ingredients. Give it a light stir and garnish with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino. 

       This isn't a bad drink for relaxing by yourself, or serving to guests. If you have girls at the party, it's been said that women are especially fond of Mai Tai's. But a pint of a mixture like that is probably about the limit for most of them.

       Mai Tai's are a good sipping drink in general. They have sort of a 'punch' flavor. Don't overdo it with these, because rum has a notorious reputation for really coming back if taken in too great a quantity.  

  

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