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Tiki, Tiki, Tiki!

posted Mar 23, 2012, 1:17 PM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Mar 23, 2012, 1:21 PM ]
My Serious Tiki Drinks class was so popular, I ran it twice - after the first class on March 12 filled up, I was able to schedule an additional class for the following week. Attendees were lei'd on arrival, and got their own mini-tiki mug to take home with them. One of the hallmarks of tiki drinks is the combination of different types of rum in a single drink, so we started off our tiki exploration by learning about rum. We tasted 5 different varieties, then mixed and matched them in the Mai Tai, a tiki drink stalwart. The favorite combination was El Dorado 5 year from Guyana and Appleton Reserve from Jamaica - see the Mai Tai recipe below to make it yourself! Attendees also got to explore several other ingredients unique to tiki drinks, like falernum, orgeat, and allspice dram. For more tales from the class itself, check out these blog posts from Meg at Meg.Goes.Nom.Nom and Ben at DamnArbor

Next month's class "No Shots Allowed" will feature a wide variety of tequila and mezcal cocktails. I expect this class to fill up as well, so sign up soon!

Mai Tai

1 oz El Dorado 5 year
1 oz Appleton Reserve
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz orange liqueur (curacao, Cointreau)
1/4 oz orgeat
1/4 oz simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and add a big scoop of crushed ice. Shake well and pour, ice and all, into an old fashioned glass or brandy snifter. Garnish with a big sprig of mint, and serve with a paper umbrella and a straw!