I am not a Mai Tai puritan even thought Trader Vic's 1944 Mai Tai just happens to be my favorite cocktail. And yes, yes I know the original rum used has been lost but the gist of his creation stands.
I'm always up for a clever twist or riff on the drink - one that respects the original but dares to play with the ingredients or the measurements.
I have made a few twist myself over time and think I have gotten away with it.
So when I saw a recipe for a Mai Tai with Jägermeister I was intrigued. It was posted in a Tiki recipe group on Facebook and all the poster wrote of the origins was "at a new Cuban place in Atlanta".
I can google the information that a place called 1 Kept in Atlanta once served a Mai Tai with Jägermeister once, but that's all I know.
I wanted to try out a recent birthday gift of a Hario Filter-in Coffee Bottle so I put a handful of fresh lavender and some espresso roast coffee beans in the filter and poured in a mix of Jägermeister, Fernet Branca and Branca Menta - just basically emptying some bottles.
After 24 hours I mixed the drink:
- 3 cl light rum - I used Havana Club 3 yo
- 3 cl Jägermeister - I used my infused mix
- 2 cl lime juice
- 1,5 cl orgeat - I used home made
- 1,5 cl curacao - I used Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
Shake everything with ice and pour unstrained into double old fashioned glass or Mai Tai glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of lavender.
I have to admit that the lavender and coffee was hard to find in the mix - so I will let it infuse for another week and try the drink again then.