Would the real Mai Tai please make yourself known!
I enjoy the flavours of both orange and almond and use white rum in many drinks, so I could never reconcile the involuntary shudder, accompanying a stick your tongue out NO, whenever I was asked if I wanted to try a mai tai. I first tried this cocktail somewhere hot, at a beach bar, sometime in my early twenties. Clearly, I do not recall the details but I was left with a vivid recollection, that this was an overly sweet and alcohol tasting drink, never to be repeated. There are many versions out there.
A happy accident then, that one balmy night, at a trendy cocktail bar in London’s Covent Garden, I sipped a friend’s drink and told the barman, with absolute confidence, that I would have what my friend was drinking. “A mai tai, right,” he said, reaching under the counter for his shaker. “No”, I replied, “one… of…. those”, slowing my speech down and pointing to the drink, as he was obviously slow on the uptake. “Yes”, my friend confirmed, “a mai tai”. The barman raised his eyebrows and I was forever hooked. Continue reading “Cocktails”