The Tahitian have a saying “Maita’i roa ae” which translates to “the very best”, and when we talk about cocktails, the Trader Vic’s Mai Tai is exactly that.
Peerlessly blended aged and unaged rums, bringing with them characters of caramel, oak, heat, and molasses. The dry and complex bitter orange tones of the Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao elevate the heat and develop the foundations of the citrus flavours that are compounded by the tart acidity of central coast Australian limes. All of which is brought gently to balance by the charmingly sweet tones of Crawley’s Orgeat syrup, characterised by its nutty almond elegance and petite spice. Instead, and with the inclusion of a moment of Angostura Bitters to carefully bevel the sweet elements, this drink becomes something more than the sum of its parts, it becomes the very best.
Developed in collaboration with our friends at Jacoby’s Tiki Bar in Sydney, Australia. Jacoby’s – a Twin Peaks inspired tiki paradise in Sydney is the brainchild of bartenders Pasan Wijesena and Adrian Sanchez. The bar is the current Australian Bartender Magazine’s “Rum Bar of the Year” for the second consecutive year. It was also named by Time Out Sydney as “Bar of the year” in it’s first year of operation.
Follow the sound of island drumming to your own piece of the South Pacific with this titan of tiki cocktails.