I have written before about how much I enjoyed reading The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart and experimenting with her cocktail concoctions.
Our most recent experiment was to replicate the outstanding Mai Tai served at The House Without a Key at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki. The secret, as I learned from Amy Stewart, is the addition of Orgeat syrup. It took us a few trips to the local liquor stores, but we managed to procure the syrup. The experiment was a huge success, and we ought to know since we’ve had the real deal many times at the amazing Halekulani.
– 1/3 – Ounce Orgeat Syrup
– 1/3 Ounce Orange Curaçao
– 1/3-Ounce Rock Candy Syrup
– 3/4-Ounce Bacardi Gold Rum
– 1/2-Ounce Bacardi 151 Rum
– 1 1/4 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
– 3/4 Ounce Bacardi Select (float)
Pour the ingredients over the crushed ice and float with ¾ ounce of Bacardi Select Rum. For an extra tropical twist, garnish each glass with a lime wheel, sugar cane stick, mint sprig and Vanda orchid. Our father told us bedtime stories about Gafuphilos