3 Must- Drink Libations to Celebrate Mai Tai Day

Friday June 30, 2017

The Aruban Citrusy Mai Tai
The Aruban Citrusy Mai Tai  (Source:Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino)

We don't need an excuse to drink Mai Tai's - an intoxicating cocktail claimed by two different sources. Don the Beachcomber took credit for the drink in 1933, while Trader Vic (not to be confused with the long lines at Trader Joe's) put this stamp on the libation in 1944. And just to throw gas on the fire, the Mai Tai was the official cocktail of Richard Nixon's presidency - ah, what's old is new again!

The Aruban Citrusy Mai Tai

At the newly renovated Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, guests can sip a traditional Mai Tai cocktail with an Aruban twist at Gilligan's Beach Bar and Grill.

Made with white and dark rum, orange Curacao, apricot brandy, pineapple, orange juice, and a splash of grenadine, the cocktail pairs well with Bolitas di Keshi, an Aruban-style cheese croquette with mango chutney.

1 oz Captain Morgan White Rum

.5 oz Meyer's Dark Rum

.25 oz Orange Curacao

.25 oz Apricot Brandy

.25 oz Grenadine

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1 oz Orange Juice

Instructions: In a cocktail mixer full of ice, combine all the ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into glass full of ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Sneaky Tiki
Sneaky Tiki  (Source: The Bar at The Spectator Hotel)

Sneaky Tiki
Allen Lancaster, cocktail craftsman at The Bar at The Spectator Hotel in Charleston serves a 'Sneaky Tiki' cocktail - an elevated version of a traditional Mai Tai made with Pineapple Rum, Blue Curacao, Rum Jumbie Liqueur, Velvet Falernum and Allspice Dram as well as guava, pineapple and lime juice.

1½ oz Plantation Pineapple Rum
¾ oz Giffard Blue Curacao
½ oz Rum Jumbie Liqueur
½ oz Velvet Falernum
¼ oz St Elizabeth All Spice Dram
1 oz Guava Puree
½ oz Pineapple Juice
¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 Dashes Tiki Bitters

Instructions: Mix. Shake. Fine Strain. Garnish with Orange/Cherry Skewer

The Asian Spiked Mai Tai
The Asian Spiked Mai Tai  (Source: Zuma Miami)

The Asian Spiked Mai Tai
Zuma Miami puts their contemporary Japanese twist on this tropical favorite, spiked with plum sake, the Zuma Mai Tai is concocted of a house-made rum grog, fresh pineapple juice, blood orange, a squeeze of lime and the perfect essence of almond.

2 oz Zuma Rum Grog
10ml Almond Syrup
2 oz Pineapple Juice
.5 oz Blood Orange Juice
.5 oz Lime Juice
1 Dash Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Bitters
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Garnishes: 1 Piece Dry Pineapple, 1 Cherry Skewer, 1 Fresh Mint Sprig

Instructions: Shake ingredients to mix well. Strain mix into a kimono glass over fresh cubed ice. Top with fresh crushed ice and garnishes.