It is time for this ginhound to declare: The Mai Tai is my favorite cocktail.
I often get asked: What's your favorite, and I always say something along the lines of: I have many, it depends on the circumstances...
But if I were to live the rest of my life out on a - somewhat - desert island, where they would only serve me one cocktail, I would choose the Mai Tai over contenders like Last Word, 20th Century, Corpse Reviver Nr. II and Sazerac.
However I am not a Mai Tai fundamentalist - I've come late to the cocktail and have very limited experience of botched versions served at bars with no reverence for the traditions of Tiki - or cocktails.
I have no qualms tweaking it and I find that adding a tiny amount of good Amaretto to the recipe retro engineered by Jeff Berry is my favorite. A true crow pleaser - I have also had some succes with making a riff - Tøppe aka The ESC has a small following among my friends and coworkers.
So when I came across another riff the Beachbum I hopped to it.
- 2 cl fresh lime juice
- 2 cl fresh pineapple juice
- 1 cl orgeat
- 1 cl Apricot Brandy
- 3 cl light rum - I used Plantation 3 Star
- 3 cl golden rum - I used Mount Gay 1703
Measure everything into a shaker, add ice, shake and strain over ice into a low glass - garnish with spent lime shell and garish cherry.