Mai Tai is Tahitian for – “The Best – or Out of this World.” This drink became famous in the l950’s. I had my first sip at Trader Vic’s in San Francisco and have loved this cocktail ever since. There is some controversy about who actually invented it.
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My mouth is watering just writing about it. I can hardly wait until May to return to Hawaii. Besides spending a week in Kauai, I am joining the IFWTWA Annual Conference in Oahu and then on to other islands, thanks to the efforts of Maralyn and Michelle and their team.
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I dream of  Hawaii’s spirited people, ancient history, exotic flowers, sweet music, wild surf, fresh mahi mahi and taste-tempting pineapple Mai Tai’s. There are many recipes for this libation. Here is my Mai Tai.
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Hawaiian Mai Tai
Ingredients:
1 ounce light rum
1 ounce dark rum
1 ounce sweet and sour mix
1 ounce pineapple juice
Splashes or Orange Curacao
Splash Orgeat Syrup
Fresh pineapple wedge for garnish
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Method:
Mix together and serve in a tall glass over ice.
You can change or add to the garnish with a lime, lemon or orange wedge, a cherry or one of those cute paper umbrellas.
Tips:
I use the original Sailor Jerry spiced rum (92 proof) for my dark Caribbean rum.
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If you are in San Diego, experience the world famous Mai Tai at Bali Hai on Shelter Island.
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Try only one at happy hour.
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Okole Maluna….Cheers!

Brenda C. Hill

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